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Heritage Tour - Rievaulx Abbey & Helmsley Walled Garden

15th June 2019


Entry Fees Extra

Pickup Times

£29.00 (Entry fees extra)
Coach leaves Northwich Memorial Court at 8.00am (a)
Other Pick-Up Points available

Rievaulx Abbey (EH), the impressive ruins of one of England's most powerful Cistercian monasteries. The new visitor experience shines a light on Rievaulx Abbey's fascinating past and the lives of the monks who called Rievaulx Abbey their home. Explore our elegant museum displaying previously unseen artefacts which tell the story of the rise and dramatic fall of the first Cistercian abbey in the North of England. Wander the extensive ruins of the abbey to discover more about the building and how it looked at various stages of its development. Pick up an audio tour to learn more or hunt for clues of medieval life with our family trail. Take in the stunning views from our new visitor centre while enjoying a tasty treat in our new tearoom and appreciate why St Aelred's 'everywhere peace, everywhere serenity' description of Rievaulx Abbey could quite easily have been written today.

Helmsley is the perfect English market town. There is a bustling market square, the dramatic castle ruins, the charming tea rooms, the inviting inns.

Helmsley Walled Garden, built in 1759, a five acre garden sitting beneath the imposing ruins of Helmsley Castle. It provided the vegetables, fruit and flowers for the table of Duncombe Park until just after World War 1 when it was leased as market garden. Abandoned after it closed its doors for the final time in 1984, it fell into dereliction. Restoration started in 1994 and since then the Garden has gone from strength to strength through the dedication and care of staff and volunteers.


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