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Byland Abbey
Thirsk, North York Moors

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Byland Abbey

Byland Abbey is a fascinating and atmospheric place to visit and offers an interesting insight to the life and times of the monks who lived there. Though mostly ruined now, there are still some of the stunning original features to be seen.

The spectacular ruins of Byland Abbey which stands at the foot of the beautiful Hambleton Hills, is one of the three great monasteries of the North. 

Byland was founded in 1134 and was built in the New Gothic style of architecture. It was famous in its day for sheep-rearing and exporting wool and its abbey church was amongst the most impressive in Cistercian Europe. Stunning features not to miss include the elaborate mosaic tiles in the south transept and the great rose window in the west front.

You can also explore the remains of fishponds, dams and lakes built to drain the marshy land on which the abbey was built.

Byland Abbey makes a perfect family day out.

Byland Abbey
nr Coxwold Village
North Yorkshire
YO61 4BD
01347 868614

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