The Terrace

The perfect place for picnicking and promenading

Rievaulx Terrace offers a unique birds eye view of Rievaulx Abbey © National Trust

Rievaulx Terrace offers a unique birds eye view of Rievaulx Abbey

Following a gentle serpentine course, the visitor encounters 13 vistas that reveal stunning views of Rievaulx Abbey and the surrounding valley. The terrace offers some of the most beautiful views of Ryedale that are continuously changing throughout the seasons. Come and discover a lovely spring view.

In the meadow

  • The Downland hills are sprinkled with wildflowers such as cowslips © Andrea Jones

    Flora

    The wildflower meadows contain a diverse range of native wild flowers.

  • Rievaulx Terrace's woodland provides shelter for many birds © Rievaulx Terrace, National Trust

    Fauna

    The terraces location make great bird watching locations.

  • A little girl at a bug hunt event © John Millar

    Helping hand

    Our banks are full of flutterbies and crawley creepers, help us find them on our bug hunt days.

13 Vistas

  • The vistas are rotated so a new vista is opened up as an old one grows in © Rievaulx Terrace, National Trust

    Clearing the vistas

    There are actually 14 vistas but only 13 are on show. Each year one is cleared and one is left.

  • The valley is uncivered by the mist revealing a snowy scene © Rievaulx Terrace, National Trust

    What can be seen

    Spot the 18th century bridge crossing the River Rye, Rievaulx Abbey and the many farmhouses.

  • Rievaulx Terrace offers a unique birds eye view of Rievaulx Abbey © National Trust

    Gothic ruins

    With each clearing in the trees Rievaulx Abbey is seen from a different angle.

A wooded backdrop

The Terrace is backed by a plantation of trees under planted with flowering shrubs, creating a backdrop of colour and texture. The woodland encasing the terrace maintains a balance of the man made with the natural.

Active space

  • Pack a picnic and a rug and relax on the lawn © Paul Harris

    Picnicking

    Pack a lunch and bring a rug to enjoy a picnic with a view or join us on our Big Picnic event.

  • Pack a picnic and a rug and relax on the lawn © National Trust

    Walking

    Work off your lunch by strolling along the terrace or combining it with a longer walk in the area.

Temples and tours

At either end of the terrace the temples provide picturesque focal points. Have a look round our exhibition space to learn more about the terrace and its temples.

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