Rievaulx Terrace

Gardens in Helmsley

In the 1750s landscape-gardening fashion favoured a Gothic look and many aristocrats had mock ruins built on their estates. Thomas Duncombe II of Duncombe Park was able to go one better, as his lands contained a real medieval ruin: Rievaulx Abbey. He built Rievaulx Terrace, linked by a carriage drive to Duncombe Park House, so that his guests could admire specially contrived views to the abbey below, with Ryedale and the Hambleton Hills forming a perfect backdrop.

Note that there's no direct access between the terrace and the abbey, and the two sites have separate admission fees.


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