Access at Byland Abbey

Access information for the site is listed below. For more information, or if you have particular access needs, please contact us before you visit. Please note that some facilities may require booking in advance.

Mobility/Older Visitors
Wheelchair Loan
No
Mobility Scooter Loan
No
Site Folders
No
Accessible Toilets
Yes
Adult Changing Area
No
Handrails
No
Easy-use Cutlery
No
Assistance Dogs Welcome
Yes
Wheelchair Access
The site has mainly level access but the length of the grass even on the short cut areas may make it difficult going for wheelchairs. Some moderate gradients.
Entrance/Set Down
Disabled visitors can be set down outside the Abbey Inn but please be aware of passing cars. No need to pre-book.
Disabled Parking
No dedicated disabled parking spaces. Please set passengers down and then park in the car park.
Onsite Transport
No
Stairs
Two main sets of steps. Steps down to the Cloister from the church are shallow and broad. Steps from the Church to the Library are narrow and steep. Remains of several other staircases have uneven treads.
Lift Access
No
Seating and Rest Points
Benches in the church, both cloisters and outside the Lay Range facing the West. Bench seat available in the Museum.
Pathways: Surface and Gradients
Grass throughout except in the Museum. No pathways. Several moderate gradients.
Dog Bowl and Toileting
Dog bowl for water is available at the rear of the admissions point.
Blind/Visually Impaired
Braille Guides
No
Braille Signage
No
Handrails
No
Accessible Toilets
Yes
Torches
No
Assistance Dogs Welcome
Yes
Sensory Experiences
Birdsong throughout the site. On the days of the herb trails the potted herbs distributed throughout the site may be touched and smelt.
Audio Tours
No
Site Tours
No
Handling Objects
We have a small handling collection - please ask the site manager.
Tactile Models
No
Areas of Low Lighting
No significantly dark places. Passage cupboard has a low ceiling and is dim.
Colour Contrasts
Most doorways have reasonable contrast. All doorways in the Abbey are outside - the Museum is the only inside door and has a change of colour at floor level to denote the entrance.
Large Print
No
Dog Bowl and Toileting
Dog bowl for water is available at the rear of the admissions point.
Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Vibrating Fire Alarms
No
Tour Transcripts
No
Film Subtitles
No
BSL Tours
No
Assistance Dogs Welcome
Yes
Induction Loops
No
Audio Installation Transcripts
No
Dog Bowl and Toileting
Dog bowl for water is available at the rear of the admissions point.
Learning Difficulties
Accessible Toilets
Yes
Adult Changing Area
No
Easy-use Cutlery
No
Basic language Audio Tours
No
Easy Read Material
No
Large Print Material
No
Dyslexia Friendly Material
No
Sensory Experiences
Birdsong throughout the site. On the days of the herb trails the potted herbs distributed throughout the site may be touched and smelt.
Handling Objects
We have a small handling collection - please ask the site manager.
Culinary/Dietary
Easy-use Cutlery
No
Bottle/Food Warming
No
Child Size Portions
No
Highchairs
No
Special Diets
There is a vegetarian and gluten free option and local produce is used.
Health and Safety
Deep Water
No
Trip Hazard
There are uneven surfaces, rabbits holes, molehills and holes, historic steps, low ruined walls and stones concealed in grass.
Sheer Drop
A few steep unguarded drops, 1.5m approximately.
Slip Hazard
Steps and grass may be slippery at any time, particularly after rain.
Steep Slope
A few moderate slopes.
Steep Stairs
Steps from the Church to the Library are narrow and steep.
Beware of Traffic
Please be aware of nearby traffic.
Uneven Ground
Because of the nature of the site much of the terrain is bumpy and uneven and could present a trip hazard. Changes in levels are not always obvious.

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Byland Abbey

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Byland, Coxwold, North Yorkshire, YO61 4BD
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