Byland Abbey, Coxwold

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  • Spend a good hour looking around the ruins - you will not be disappointed. The Abbey Inn (opposite) serves tasty snacks.  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • This site simply takes your breath away on first glance. To think this was constructed before all the mechanical equipment was invented. Breath taking ...  more »
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  • What a beautiful abbey. There is a free small car park just across the street next to the Inn. If it were still here, the Yorkshire rose at the top, front of the abbey would be one of the largest in the region. Inside you'll find some interesting things including some beautiful tiled floors that survived after King Henry VIII decided to effectively destroy this abbey along with many others. An excellent adventure that includes a small museum on the site as well. Give yourself at least an hour or more to explore the site. The Inn across the way seemed to be rather crowded so maybe it is nice (we didn't visit).
  • Beautiful ruin with done fantastic preserved stone work and C13th floor tiles. Good museum and good access for prams and wheelchair. Grassy, so can be wet underfoot.
  • Byland Abbey is one of those places not many people seem to have heard of. Having visited it for at least two hours, I can't understand why that is; perhaps it's overshadowed by Rievaulx Abbey which is just a few miles away but not in quite a state of ruin as Byland. As you come to the Abbey, there is a small car park on the opposite side of the road and near it, the Abbey Inn, with its own car park. The Inn serves as a pub, a Tea Room and a place to eat. Visitors to the Abbey may use the toilets or baby 'changing' facility at the rear of the Inn. Cross the road, through a gate, onto a huge expanse of well tended lush green grass, find the English Heritage cabin, pay your dues then explore. The Abbey buildings are built of local quarry stone, all windows have disappeared and the timber & lead roof was taken down during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Plenty of stone has been removed as well but what is left is staggeringly beautiful, (see photos). I understand that at one point it was the largest Abbey in medieval Europe At the far side of the Abbey is a modern day museum, containing many items connected with the Abbey. Well worth a visit and no extra charge.
  • Check opening times, passing nearby thought I would make a diversion to see the Abbey, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Looks good from the road.
  • What's not to like! Gorgeous setting.. it's only a little Abbey but it is stunning.. make sure it's open before you go..
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