Facilities at Byland Abbey

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    Small, free 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. Although parking is currently free (April 2012) parking meters may be installed mid-summer 2012. Fee will be refunded to site visitors on admission to the Abbey. Disabled visitors may be set down at entrance gate, but beware passing cars.

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    Food and Drink

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    On site at the Abbey you may purchase takeaway hot and cold drinks, a large range of ice cream, fudge, chocolate, shortbread and flapjacks.

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    Picnic Area

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    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. You may spread a rug out on the grass, or use one of the benches around the Abbey - near cloisters and the front of the Lay Range (which is a very pleasant sunny, sheltered spot).

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    Shop

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    Small gift shop selling a selection of English Heritage souvenirs and gifts, including books, snacks, ice-cream, hot and cold drinks.

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    Toilets

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    No toilets on site, but public toilets are 20 metres away in the Abbey Inn car park across the road, One male, two female and one combined disabled/baby changing facility.

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    Dogs

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    Dogs on leads are welcome.

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    Museum

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    The Museum houses a fixed exhibition of stonework, carving and artefacts from the site with a history of the Abbey and Cistercian order. It is at the south side of the site with slight down gradient over grass to reach the building which has level smooth stone access in the single storey building. Book box in the Museum for families to use on site.

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    Exhibition

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    The Museum houses a fixed exhibition of stonework, carving and artefacts from the site with a history of the Abbey and Cistercian order. The Museum is at the south side of the site with slight down gradient over grass to reach the building which has level smooth stone access in the single storey building.

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    Gardens

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    The grounds are mainly down to grass with areas of long grass to encourage wildlife, wild flowers and nature to take over. On various places on the cathedral-sized church and large cloister there are harebells on the walls in early Summer which make the site wonderfully romantic and beautiful. Wander anywhere in the grounds, benches available in several areas including the church and both cloisters. There are stoats on the site.  Cycle route number National Byway Loop 656 is on the corner of the Abbey. Walks from the lay-bys on the Coxwold road will take you past the Abbey and up through the woods to the Snever Observatory and John Buntings Chapel and Oldstead. There are ample areas of grass for children to run and play, and several nooks and crannies for them to play hide and seek in. There are four sets of children's tile games on site. Ball games are inappropriate given the nature of the site but may be allowed only on the level ground between the Lay Range and the roadside wall. For safety reasons no climbing is allowed at any time on the walls. Kites are permitted.

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    Family Friendly

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    Baby Changing Facilities

    No toilets on site, but public toilets are 20 metres away in the Abbey Inn car park across the road, One male, two female and one combined disabled/baby changing facility.

    Play Areas / Adventure Playground

    There are ample areas of grass for children to run and play, and several nooks and crannies for them to play hide and seek in. Ball games are inappropriate given the nature of the site but may be allowed on the level ground between the Lay Range and the roadside wall. For safety reasons no climbing is allowed at any time on the walls. Kites are permitted.

    Pushchairs Allowed

    Pushchairs allowed - grass is mown but occasionally may be quite long.

    Sling Loan

    No

    Toy/Dressing Up Box

    Book box in the Museum for families to use on site.

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    Education

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    Family Learning

    There are four sets of children's tile games on site which adults may need to help younger children to complete. Periodically there are informal low key fun easy to follow trails such as the herb trail for children to find 10 herbs that would have grown on site during mediaeval times or 10 small figures of monks hidden around the site.

    Interpretation for Children

    No

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    Please be aware

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    Please be aware of nearby traffic. Stonework to the Church is 30m, to the warming room is 20m, cloisters are mainly 5m.

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    Holiday Cottages

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    Inn has 3 Bed & Breakfast rooms bookable on abbey.inn@english-heritage.org.uk

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    Commercial Photography and Filming

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    English Heritage welcomes all photographers to our sites and we hope you will share your pictures with us on Flickr and Facebook.

    We do have some restrictions at certain locations, so if photography is your main reason for visiting, please call the site ahead of your visit to check if any parts of the site are restricted.

    We are keen to promote the use of our sites to location managers. If you are interested please go to (Filming Locations) for more information and contacts.

    English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.

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