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“Good Afternoon Stroll Round the Ruins”
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 May 23, 2014

We are members of English Hertiage so decided to visit when in the area. Very different to other ruins we have been to. Set in a beautiful part of North Yorkshire. The abbey would have been huge in its day. The surviving tiled floors are beautiful and nicely displayed. A look in the on site museum helps you to visualise what a great abbey it was. When we were there a young couple were also there and they told us they were getting married on the Saturday and were having their reception across the road at the Abbey Inn in a marquee how lovely what a great setting for a wedding. Would have liked an audio guide like some other properties provide or even some information boards.

1  Thank Hazel D
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Reviewed May 9, 2014

Wonderful Abbey but much to expensive even as a member of English Heritage. There should at least be a free simple guide.Whilst there I saw two or three people turn and walk away when they asked the admission price. Its a pity as its a wonderful Abbey and has a decent visitor centre. If you had a family there would need to be a special attraction in addition to the Abbey ruins.

Thank Hopefull-guide
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

Did a short walk to check out the Abbey. The walk was great. The Abbey is huge, when intact it must have been incredibly imposing. You can see most of it from the road, but if you want to get close up check out opening hours before you go as it doesn't open much in the Winter.

4  Thank MatureChaletGirl
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

A fascinating look into the rise and fall of the clergy in Yorkshire. This ruin has some lovely peeps into the past - like the mosaic flooring that was found . The information building puts the whole site into perspective and has some additional bits on display . You will need a fine day to look around and take your time to explore the site . Afterwards visit the tea rooms which are immediately opposite - they are lovely . I had the most gorgeous Flapjack with a cup of coffee there . My friends had the scones and said they were just as good .

1  Thank YorkBonBon
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

We visited in the summer on a lovely summers day and started by having coffee in the pub opposite, The Byland Abbey Inn, site parking is limited. We were suprised by the size of the site and range of buildings, much more than expected from reading the site information. On a sunny day its worth the detour off the main road and can be part of a cultural tour visiting other sites in north yorkshire as Rievaulx is close by. Had a great day taking photo's of the various buildings here and at Rievaulx.

2  Thank tt240
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