What to expect when you visit Rievaulx Terrace

Wild garlic in flower at Rievaulx Terrace

Rievaulx Terrace will be open for selected weekends only, please check opening times on the website for further details. Tickets will be available to book a week before.

Rievaulx Terrace and woodland walk is open on selected weekends only. The temples will remain closed, following government guidelines. 

Arrival and parking 

We are now offering a pre-book ticket and walk in system. To guarantee admission to the site we recommend booking in advance. When arriving at Rievaulx Terrace please have your ticket ready to show our staff either on your phone or a printed copy. If you’re a member, you’ll also need to show your membership card. 

In order to maintain social distancing, please arrive within your timeslot. Sadly, if you're more than 10 minutes late, we won’t be able to guarantee you entry. Your entry will be at the discretion of the property staff and will be based on visitor numbers and the ability to maintain social distancing.

Campervans that are used for transport are welcome but are not permitted to stay overnight. At this time, we’re unable to welcome caravans and coaches.
There is no limit to the amount of time you can spend at Rievaulx Terrace during your visit.  

Staying safe

The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors is our priority. Look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site. 

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit. 

In line with government guidance visitors to our house and toilets are required to wear a face covering. Please bring one along with you. 
The requirement for face covering does not apply to visitors who are: 
•    Under 11yrs
•    Unable to wear a face covering due to physical or mental illness or impairment or disability
•    Assisting someone who is lip reading or relies on lip reading to communicate

What's open?

The woodland walk and the terrace are open, as are the toilets. The temples are closed. 


Toilets including access and baby change facilities are available. You may need to queue during busy times. These are sanitised by our team throughout the day.


The terrace has some uneven grass and loose gravel paths, but access to the terrace is possible for wheelchairs and pushchairs.  Access from the carpark to visitor reception is via a sloped ramp.

Bringing a dog

Dogs on leads welcome. Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas.

How to book your visit

All visitors must book a ticket in advance, including members. Entry and parking is free for members, but please bring your membership card with you. Non-members will need to pay in advance.

•    Please book one ticket per person, except for children aged 5 or under as they don’t need a ticket.
•    You’ll need to choose a 30-minute arrival time for the day you want to visit.
•    The timeslot is for your arrival time only.
•    Tickets are for your use only and are not available for resale.
•    We'll send your booking confirmation by email. Please make sure you fill in your correct email address when you book to ensure you receive your confirmation email.

Every Friday we'll release new bookings for visits the following week. You can book up to 18 hours before a timeslot. Due to limited spaces, we’re asking that you only book once a week to allow others a chance to visit.

Help support key workers

To say thank you to our nation's key workers and all they have done for us, we're encouraging visitors to keep the first and last slots of each day free for key workers to use. While we are unable to 'reserve' these slots exclusively for key workers, we hope you will join us in thanking them by leaving these times free. If you or someone in your group are a key worker, please take the opportunity to book these early and late timeslots.