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"Quiet location and extensive remains of an abbey although Rievaulx is more complete. Just opposite the Abbey Inn (now owned and run by English Heritage) has just opened as a tea room/café. Very pleasant staff, lovely lunches and home made cakes etc available Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holi..."days.
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"Byland Abbey ruins from the road from Wass looks nothing. You could drive past and not stop for a closer look and you would miss a gem. This would have been one majestic abbey back in days before the dissolution. Like all these English Heritage maintained ruins this one is well maintained. Surprises..." are amongst the stones. Tread carefully and not step on history .... all is revealed when you visit. There is limited parking. The Abbey Inn over the road is ideal for refreshments.
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"Had a wonderful afternoon exploring this lesser known Abbey a few miles from Rievaulx. Although at first glance the Abbey church isn't quite as spectacular as Rievaulx, the site as a whole is more extensive and easier to understand. Because of potential frost damage, Byland's well preserved tiles we..."re wrapped up warm to prevent damage, but we shall return to look at what promises to be very interesting. The valley setting, adjacent tea room and potential for Summer picnics is just too good not to keep coming back to this site. There is a small museum on site, parking is free and the tea room, newly opened two weeks ago, looks and smells delicious, with deep leather sofas, wood burning stoves and a garden for summer. Dogs are welcome both in the Abbey grounds and in the tea shop garden. Check EH book for opening to avoid disappointment, we suggest visiting soon as this place could rival Rievaulx in popularity, and car parking might be an issue. The staff at both the Abbey and tea room w...
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