Though many of English Heritage’s Free to Enter sites remain open to visitors, unfortunately it has been necessary – as a result of advice relating to coronavirus - to close Byland Abbey for operational reasons, in order to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers and staff. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
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-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 – 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 mediaeval floor tiles.
Toilets - 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.
Tours - We are delighted to offer group 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? Guidebooks are also available at the 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, 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