Byland Abbey

View across field of cows to ruined buildings

Free Entry

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Byland, Coxwold, North Yorkshire, YO61 4BD

Before You Go

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.

Before You Go

Parking – Small, triangular-shaped car park (room for about 9 cars). Additional parking is available in the lay-by 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 – Food is available at the Abbey Inn, opposite the Abbey site.  Please check in advance for open times and availability.  You are welcome to bring a picnic to eat in the grounds. Picnicking is allowed anywhere in the grounds except on the medieval floor tiles.

Toilets - No toilets on site but public toilets are 20 meters away in the car park of the Abbey Inn, across the road; one male, two female and one combined disabled access/ baby changing facility.

Tours - We are delighted to offer groups tours of Byland Abbey.  Prices include a personal tour and access to the on-site museum.  Why not round the day off with a meal or snack at Byland Abbey Inn?  Tours are arranged via Helmsley Castle.  Please contact us on 01439 770442 to discuss available dates and to book a tour.  Please note, our tours take place on weekdays (excluding Bank Holidays), and when one of our specially trained guides is available.

Plan a Great Day Out

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.

For all enquiries relating to The Byland Abbey Inn please telephone 01347 868204.

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