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Byland Abbey

Coxwold YO61 4BD, England
+44 1347 868204
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Worth the visit!

In common with other English Heritage sites in the North Yorkshire National Park (cf Rievaulx Abbey... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
South Yorkshire, UK
In ruins but atmospheric

These ruins look great. A shame this was done to what must have been a fabulous Abbey, but even... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Brisbane, Queensland
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OPENING TIMES: 3rd November 2014 - 29th March 2015: 10am - 4pm Saturdays and Sundays ONLY. 30Th March 2015 onwards: opening times available nearer the time. Along with Rievaulx and Fountains Abbeys, Byland Abbey was once one of the greatest Cistercian monasteries in the north of England. It boasts some of the earliest Gothic architecture in northern England as well as internationally significant medieval floor tile pavements. Much of the church survives to a great height, including the fantastic rose window, and the remains of the domestic buildings are extensive. There is also a museum packed with artefacts found on site and beautifully illustrated interpretation panels, which give visitors an insight into monastic life. There is also much to interest nature lovers as many varieties of wild flowers grow on the ruins of the abbey and a multitude of birds and small mammals can be seen around the site, including kestrels, buzzards and hedgehogs.
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Coxwold YO61 4BD, England
+44 1347 868204
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Reviewed 3 days ago

In common with other English Heritage sites in the North Yorkshire National Park (cf Rievaulx Abbey and Helmsley Castle), there is much more to see than is apparent from the road. Built between 1155-1195, this Abbey must have been a wonderful piece of construction in...More

Thank stevo750
Reviewed 5 days ago

These ruins look great. A shame this was done to what must have been a fabulous Abbey, but even now it is so atmospheric and photogenic. It's only open to walk around on certain days, but it's still great to look at from near or...More

Thank seagullrob
Reviewed 6 days ago

I was born and raised not far from Byland but in over 40 years had never visited the site itself, only ever seen it from the road. The site is much much larger than you see from the road with some amazing ruins which include...More

Thank Pogwig
Reviewed 1 week ago

Once, along with Fountains and Rievaulx, one of the 3 greatest monasteries in England Byland is, today, only an impressive 'shadow' of the remarkable building it must have been before the dissolution. By the time it was Bylands turn to be 'suppressed' Henry, having realised...More

Thank c_brown637
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's not always open which we discovered on our visit. And as nice as it looked from the road we never got to wander round Maybe a promise box or donation box would be nice Check the opening times

Thank artherdaily
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The £6 admission fee is well worth it compared to other places. Buy a guide book as it explains the buildings history clearly. If not, start your visit at the little museum first, before investigating the ruins. This has a lot of useful information that...More

Thank Samantha K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful ruin but, sorry English Heritage, the £6.00 each charge to walk around is too much. There was no one else there when we visited and perhaps there would be more if the charge was reduced. There are no facilities, just a...More

Thank Jackie M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not as wow as the close by riveleaux Abbey but still worth the lovely drive. The approach does have the wow factor and has a small but informative museum, also has some lovely old tiles. Definitely worth a visit

1  Thank Michelle B
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Great sightseeing, quiet and lovely place which gives you a feel for the past. You can combine it with a walking tour. Also, go tomthe staypleton arms.

Thank Jutta K
Reviewed 13 May 2017

It's many years since we had visited Byland and we had forgotten how extensive the site is. The church was huge, the complex of building originally accommodated 80 monks and up to 160 'lay brothers' (workers). The little museum at one side of the site...More

1  Thank Steve M
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