Byland Abbey

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This beautiful ruin, set in the shadow of the Hambleton Hills, was once one of the great northern monasteries. A truly outstanding example of early Gothic architecture, Byland inspired the design for the famous York Minster Rose Window as well as influencing many other religious buildings throughout Europe. Its splendid collection of medieval floor tiles still in situ is the largest in Europe.

Family friendly activities and resources.

Byland Abbey is the perfect place to stop on a family day out, or if you're walking or cycling in the North York Moors National Park.

Once one of the greatest monasteries in England, Byland Abbey inspired the design of church buildings throughout the North.

A truly outstanding example of early gothic architecture, it inspired the design of the famous York Minster rose window.

Parking – Small, triangular-shaped car park (room for about 9 cars). Additional parking is available in the lay-bys half a mile to the south towards Coxwold and behind the Abbey Inn. Disabled visitors may be set down at entrance gate, but beware passing cars.

Facilities – You are welcome to bring a picnic to eat in the grounds. Picnicking is allowed anywhere in the grounds except on the mediaeval floor tiles.

Toilets - No toilets are currently available on site.

Tours - Due to covid-19, we regret that group tours are not available at this time.

Byland Abbey Inn - When guidelines around covid-19 permit, refreshments will be available at the nearby Byland Abbey Inn. For details, please see Www.BylandAbbeyinn.uk

Byland is a short drive from another of Yorkshire’s great abbeys - Rievaulx Abbey.   Also nearby are Helmsley’s Archaeological Store and Helmsley Castle.  For tours of the archaeological store, please check the website for details.

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Guide Prices

Free

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Catering

  • Picnic site

Children

  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted

Site Features

  • English Heritage Property
  • Regional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome Host

Map & Directions

Road Directions

2 miles south of A170 between Thirsk and Helmsley near Coxwold village.The nearest railway station is Thirsk, which is 14 miles away.

Byland Abbey

Type:Abbey

Byland, Coxwold, North Yorkshire, YO61 4BD
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Awards

  • Yorkshire AwardsWelcome To Yorkshire Member Welcome To Yorkshire Member 2020
  • Membership SchemeDiscover Yorkshire Coast – Silver Member Discover Yorkshire Coast – Silver Member 2020

Opening Times

Byland Abbey (12 Apr 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 18:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 18:00
Season (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
DayTimes

* **To avoid disappointment, for current opening times, prices and any new admission policies, please visit the business website which may contain new information.**

October 2020: 10am-5pm
November & December 2020: 10am-4pm

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