As if the abbey were not delightful enough on its own, cut into the hillside above the ruined buildings is Rievaulx Terrace – a level, curved grassy promenade. The terrace at Rievaulx was designed in 1758, and is now owned by the National Trust. It offers strollers tantalising glimpses of the abbey between the trees below, with fantastic views of the Rye Valley and Hambleton Hills. There are two Grecian-style temple follies to walk between, one apparently built for the use of hunting parties, the other for quiet contemplation.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
Assist dogs allowed
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Facilities: Mobility vehicles, Braille guide, ramp
- Opening Times: Open 13 Feb-30 Oct, daily 10-4 (last entry 3 or dusk)
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About the area
Discover North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.
The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.
York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.
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