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Byland Abbey

Coxwold YO61 4BD, England
+44 1347 868204
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One of England's great Cistercian abbeys in one of England's most beautiful landscapes.

Byland Abbey can get overlooked by the fame of nearby Rievaulx Abbey, but Byland is equally... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Christopher P
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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We were again lucky enough to visit on a beautiful day - being far from local we made a conscious... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
honeysrascal
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Merthyr Tydfil, 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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Coxwold YO61 4BD, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Byland Abbey can get overlooked by the fame of nearby Rievaulx Abbey, but Byland is equally impressive in scale and magnificence. It is a great experience to sweep back over 900 years and to marvel at the determination of the monks who created the huge...More

Thank Christopher P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were again lucky enough to visit on a beautiful day - being far from local we made a conscious decision to re-visit. This is a lovely site - the tiles make it unique. The small museum is very interesting but could perhaps be more...More

Thank honeysrascal
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just 15 minutes or so from its far more famous neighbour, Reivaulx; Byland is certainly worth checking out. The car park is very small, around 8 or 9 cars at most and the ticket office is just a wooden shed, but the welcome was very...More

Thank Philip S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This Abbey is a good place to visit for couples as well as families. A lot of it is still standing which is incredible. Would recommend you buy the guide (only £3) as it helps you to get a perspective of life and how it...More

Thank PatSp1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well, Henry VIII has much to answer for, but – ironically, given the circumstances – he at least managed to extricate political power from ecclesiastical authorities. And, arguably, thereby helped to set the UK (as it’s still currently known, at least for now …) on...More

Thank PJandSJ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not as large or as well preserved as it's near neighbour Reivaulx but it is interesting to visit. The museum provides a lot of information about the site and the tea rooms over the road are good with free wifi.

Thank Yorkterrier01
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Although the abbey can be clearly seen from the road, it is well worth stopping off and having a good look around. The ruins are extensive and cannot be fully appreciated from the road. There is a small but interesting museum which gives a clear...More

Thank David B
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Beautiful ruins def worth a visit. Owned by English heritage so if members is good value. Such a shame that an amazing abbey is now in ruins but the story behind it in the mini museum explains about the henry viii era.

Thank Laura G
Reviewed 25 June 2017

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 23 June 2017

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
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