Byland Abbey

Free Entry

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Byland, Coxwold, North Yorkshire, YO61 4BD

Before You Go

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.

Please note that during the winter the wonderful tiles are not visible as they are covered with protective material. The covers are normally put down in the autumn and removed in the spring.

Before You Go

Parking: There is a small, triangular-shaped car park with room for about 9 cars available. Please beware of quick-moving passing cars.

ToiletsFacilities can be found to the rear of the Abbey Inn, opposite the car park.

Byland Abbey Museum: The museum at Byland Abbey is opened by a team of volunteers, allowing public access to view a collection that explores further the story of the abbey. Volunteers will normally be on site from 1pm to 5pm every Friday to Monday. During this time the museum and second-hand bookshop with be open.

Tiles: Please note that the medieval tiles of Byland Abbey are covered for their protection in the colder months. Unfortunately, during this time it is not possible to view the tiles.

Drone flying: 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. Please see our drone filming guidelines for more details, or email our Filming team.

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.