Byland Abbey



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A hauntingly beautiful monastic ruin dating back to 1177, and set in peaceful meadows in the shadow of the Hambleton Hills. Marvel at the collection of medieval floor tiles still in their original setting. The dramatic west facade, with its 26-foot diameter window, still stands almost to its full height, and gives an impression of just how huge the nave used to be.

Byland Abbey


  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Grass areas may be marshy in wet weather, steps to cloister & library
  • Facilities: Ramp, carved stonework to touch in museum, drop off at entrance, herb trail
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open 30 Mar-Jun, Wed-Mon, 11-6; Jul-Aug, daily 11-6; Sep, Wed-Sun 10-6; Oct-3 Nov, Wed-Sun, 10-5; 4 Nov-Mar, Sat-Sun 10-4 (last admission 30mins before closing). Closed 24-26 Dec, 1 Jan

About the area

Discover North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.

The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.

York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.


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