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Byland Abbey

Byland Abbey, Coxwold YO61 4BD, England
+44 1347 868204
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Amazing ruin

We stopped off here after having been at The Black Swan, what an amazing abbey and ruins, we... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
BeckyS12
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London, United Kingdom
Mesmorizing

This site simply takes your breath away on first glance. To think this was constructed before all... read more

Reviewed 17 January 2018
Elinor C
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Ascot, United Kingdom
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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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Byland Abbey, Coxwold YO61 4BD, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped off here after having been at The Black Swan, what an amazing abbey and ruins, we weren't sure if they would be open at 10am on a cold, wet Friday in November, but they were and we had the whole place to ourselves....More

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Reviewed 17 January 2018

This site simply takes your breath away on first glance. To think this was constructed before all the mechanical equipment was invented. Breath taking ...

Thank Elinor C
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Reviewed 16 January 2018

Didn't expect the abbey to be open on a cold January afternoon but to our surprise it was. We could believe the size of the buildings. Well worth a visit

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Reviewed 6 January 2018

A glorious Abbey appears round the corner. Be aware there is a restoration project going on at the moment and there's plenty of scaffolding. Not a lot to do directly next to the Abbey so you don't need long to appreciate it.

Thank SARAH L
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Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

Well worth a visit . The abbey still has some of the tiled floor intact, but it’s coved for winter to protect it . The abbey is rather a large place. It set in a lovely scenic area. Their is a small museum on the...More

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Reviewed 7 November 2017

Out in the middle of nowhere this site is full of history. Swat up before you go to take full advantage.

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Reviewed 15 October 2017

Although in ruins, medieval floor tiles remain in the ground, which makes it just a bit easier to imagine how the abbey would have looked hundreds of years ago. With a bit of effort, this extensive site could rival the nearby Rievaulx Abbey. Come on,...More

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Reviewed 15 October 2017

We started our day with a visit to By land Abbey then had a fantastic Light Sunday lunch at above. I ordered the platter, the food arrived and I wondered if l would be able to plough (get it)through it, it was stacked high, also...More

Thank RhonaandChris
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Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

This was pretty ordinary compared with the other abbeys we saw around Yorkshire. Probably not really worth the effort to drive there.

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Reviewed 16 September 2017

A large and rather fascinating abbey set in countryside that includes Ampleforth and Rievaulx Abbeys. Unfortunately there is nothing left but ruins but one can get a general impression of what life was like.

Thank BrianElliott1
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