Rievaulx Terrace

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Rievaulx, Helmsley, North Yorks.,
Yorkshire, YO62 5LJ



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2018-01-22 05:47:02

Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

14th Feb - 1st Nov, 11am - 5pm, Mon - Sun Open Bank Holidays. Last admission 1 hour before closing.

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:


To see:

Daffodils and Spring & summer wildflowers, including cowslips and early purple orchids

Admission Prices

Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets) Adult £5.95 (£5.40), child £3.00 (£2.70), family £14.85 (£13.50).

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: No
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: No
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: No
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Ice creams only.

Garden Features & Events

One of Yorkshire's finest 18th-century landscape gardens, containing two temples; Two classical Georgian temples set on an elevated grass terrace; Exquisite ceiling painting depicting mythological scenes; Stunning vistas over the Ryedale Valley and Rievaulx Abbey far below; Landscaped garden with fantastic spring flowers; Good level access and batricars available; Childrens trails and activities

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Black Swan, Helmsley


Star Inn, Harome

Inns & Pubs:

Star Inn, Harome Malt Shovel, Oswaldkirk Fauconberg Arms, Coxwold

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:
Description of Garden

This half mile serpentine walk with Ionic and Tuscan temples at either end continually delights the visitor with unexpected stunning views through the trees of the ruins of the 12th century Cistercian abbey at Rievaulx below. Also revealed is the arched bridge over the river Rye, with its valley and the rolling Hambledon Hills around it. Beeches and other deciduous trees line the walk and the ground is carpeted with clumps of primroses, cowslips, orchids and clovers amongst many others.

History Of Garden

In the 1750s Thomas Duncombe III decided to create a similar ride to the one his father had created at Duncombe Park some 40 years before. Using a less formal plan with a more winding path, he was perhaps intending to link the two rides with a viaduct, but unfortunately this was never built.

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