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“Fabulous medieval ruin.”
Review of Byland Abbey

Byland Abbey
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Coxwold
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 26, 2013

One of the finest medieval ruins in Britain. I have visited this site several times and consider it to be interesting, beautiful, peaceful and great value for money.
The main attractions are the west end of the abbey church, the medieval tiles, the cloister and the on-site museum. The abbey is in a quiet location which ensures it is rarely busy and this can add to the experience.
The main flaws are the tiny gift shop and lack of toilets (although there is a pub opposite).

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"small museum"
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"english heritage"
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"floor tiles"
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"a small car park"
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"extensive site"
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"tea room"
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"rose window"
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"hide and seek"
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"peaceful place"
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"amazing ruins"
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Would have been a very impressive building in its time. Lovely architecture but there is no information given except through the guidebook that has to be purchased. This takes about 10 mins to look around. Very nice photo opportunity if you are passing but is not worth paying for the visit.

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Reviewed August 4, 2013

Much bigger site than I expected.good guidebook and interpretation on site. Great for picnics if weather is good. Great to see the tiles that were found here. Well worth a visit

1  Thank yorkshireladdie
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

After lots of hype we were little disappointed!! £4.50 each for entrance and literally rubble!! Love our heritage but this took the biscuit!! Shame, .......

Thank Jacqui M
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

This a beautiful abbey in a fairly good state of preservation so there is much to view. Scenery is wonderful (as are most of the abbey/castle settings in North Yorkshire.) As an EH member I cannot comment on admission charges - there is a small car park but I cannot see this site getting that busy for this to be a problem as it is a 'little off the beaten track.'
It is quite close to Helmsley so it is easy to do Helmsley castle and Byland as a full day out.
This a great place for an 'unwind' as it very easy to stroll around (and open enough for the little ones to have a good round around) - many places for a picnic and a very interesting (albeit small) museum/exhibition.

Thank Simeon P
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