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Byland Abbey

Byland Abbey, Coxwold YO61 4BD, England
+44 1347 868204
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Abbey is impressive

There are several abbeys in the area and this one creates a silhouette that you won't forget... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Teri F
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Seattle, Washington
Beautiful

This is a beautiful and atmospheric site owned and maintained by English Heritage. It is free to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kathy H
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Leighton Buzzard, 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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"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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"guide book"
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"well worth a visit"
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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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"ticket office"
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"mini museum"
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"north yorkshire"
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"grand scale"
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Reviewed yesterday

There are several abbeys in the area and this one creates a silhouette that you won't forget. Great structure and you can walk the grounds.

Thank Teri F
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a beautiful and atmospheric site owned and maintained by English Heritage. It is free to get in and there is a free car park opposite. Incredible ruins from a fascinating time in history.

Thank Kathy H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The ruins is a wonderful sight. Free to roam around but front is fenced off due to crumbling of walls. Such a large area of history to see.

Thank Tricia1563
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Byland Abbey is on a minor road off the A170 and the small car park is over the road. We were aware of the restoration work when we decided to visit however the website did not mention that the car park would be full of...More

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

Spend a good hour looking around the ruins - you will not be disappointed. The Abbey Inn (opposite) serves tasty snacks.

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

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

Thank BeckyS12
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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 15 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

Thank Parrish65
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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 6 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

Thank gothicwax
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