Very nice lunch at the tearoom. Abbey is wonderful and not as busy as Rievaulx. Well worth a visit. Stanley enjoyed it too and was made very welcome by the staff!
3rd November 2014 - 29th March 2015: 10am - 4pm Saturdays...
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.