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Byland Abbey

Byland AbbeyByland Abbey

Once one of the greatest English monasteries and now a beautiful ruin, 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.

A truly outstanding example of early gothic architecture, Byland Abbey inspired the design of church buildings throughout the north, including the famous York Minster Rose Window. 

The Museum displays a large number of archaeological finds from the site and gives the visitor a fascinating insight into monastic life in Yorkshire.

Entry is now free. Once you've finished exploring, enjoy Yorkshire tea and cakes made using locally sourced ingredients in the adjacent Abbey inn tearoom (open April - October Wednesday to Sunday, daily in July and August; weekends at other times of the year, check website for latest opening hours). 

To complete your day out in Yorkshire, why not visit nearby Rievaulx Abbey and Helmsley Castle.


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