Rievaulx Terrace

About Rievaulx Terrace

Step away from the cares of daily life at one of Yorkshire’s finest 18th-century landscape gardens created for walking, lunching and relaxing.

Stroll through woodland to the Terrace in the dappled light, keeping your eyes and ears open for birds and wildlife all around. Once you reach the Terrace, journey back in time and explore the temple follies at either end.

First, you’ll see the Tuscan Temple and then onto the magnificent Ionic Temple. These classical temples are adorned with paintings and intricate plaster work, imbuing the picturesque ideals of the 18th century.

Rievaulx Terrace summer Credit National Trust Images - Paul Harris

As you make your way along the grassy Terrace, enjoy sprawling views down towards Rievaulx Abbey, the ruined Cistercian monastery in the valley below.

For families there’s plenty of space to let off some steam here. Skip, run and dance your way all along the Terrace. Head deep into the woods to build a den in the wild play area and be sure to explore the natural surroundings.

Rievaulx Terrace woodland Credit: National Trust Images - Andrew Butler

Visit Rievaulx Terrace

Getting here

Contact us

Rievaulx, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5LJ
Tel 01439 748283
Email National Trust Nunnington Hall


The entrance to Rievaulx Terrace is on B1257 about 2.5 miles north of Helmsley.

Public transport

Moorsbus comes to Rievaulx during the summer season.

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