Rievaulx Terrace and Temples
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: The lovely Ionic temple has superbly painted mythological scenes on the ceiling.
Rievaulx Terrace and Temples was built in 1758 by Thomas Duncombe III, owner of Helmsley estate. Duncombe, a member of the family who built nearby Duncombe Park, modelled his Tuscan temple on the dome of Castle Howard, near York. The paved floor of the temple was scavenged from the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey.
The Ionic Temple was modelled after the Temple of Fortuna Virilis in Rome. Duncombe intended to use it as a banqueting house. The kitchens were located in the small basement below the banqueting room. Today, the kitchens house an exhibition on the landscape gardening movement in England.
The garden has a lovely display of flowers in the Spring, and enjoyable walks through the beech woodlands.
It is worth noting that there is no direct access from Rievaulx Terrace to Rievaulx Abbey, due to the steep nature of the terrain. To access the abbey you have to drive out of the Rievaulx Terrace parking lot and turn left on the road down to the abbey.
About Rievaulx Terrace and Temples
Address: Rievaulx, Helmsley, North York Moors, Yorkshire, England, YO62 5LJ
Attraction Type: Garden
Location: A few miles north west of Helmsley on the B1257. The Moors Bus has regular seasonal service from Helmsley.
Website: Rievaulx Terrace and Temples
Phone: 01439 748283
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
Rievaulx Terrace and Temples Photos
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Rievaulx Abbey - 0.2 miles (Abbey)
Duncombe Park - 2 miles (Garden)
Helmsley Castle - 2.2 miles (Castle)
Byland Abbey - 4.3 miles (Abbey)
White Horse of Kilburn - 4.7 miles (Countryside)
Gilling Castle - 5.3 miles (Historic Building)
Nunnington Hall - 6.6 miles (Historic Building)
Hovingham, All Saints Church - 7.9 miles (Historic Church)
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