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Byland Abbey

Coxwold YO61 4BD, England
+44 1347 868204
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This was pretty ordinary compared with the other abbeys we saw around Yorkshire. Probably not... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Hamilton, New Zealand
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A large and rather fascinating abbey set in countryside that includes Ampleforth and Rievaulx... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Peel, 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
+44 1347 868204
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

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

Thank Cookster_11
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ruins of Byland Abbey are well worth visiting if you love peace and quiet and a sense of history. It is free to English Heritage members. The car park is small but there is more room behind the inn where there are public conveniences....More

Thank Pengor
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having passed Byland Abbey many times, a recent walk in the area lead us to visit the ruins properly. As with most of the ruined abbeys in this area, the scale was awesome and the story of the Abbey and its order fascinating. Certainly worth...More

Thank OttoThiel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As English heritage members we are always trying to get out and explore the properties around us. This is one of the many Yorkshire abbeys that we can gain free access to. It has been less developed by English heritage than some of the other...More

Thank James S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A wonderful place to sit and think, just as the monks did centuries ago. The site is bigger than you might think from driving past. There are some stunning tiled floors visible.

Thank TAF-65
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lot bigger than I thought it was! Looks so small from the outside. Not much to see apart from the ruins.

Thank Purdey333
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Byland tends to get overlooked by the more well known Rievaulx just a short drive away. It is a lovely peaceful site it has a small museum,and a wooden ticket booth.Feel it would be a better visitor experience if it had a audio guide and...More

Thank lottie49
Reviewed August 16, 2017

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 August 11, 2017

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
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