Exploring Byland Abbey and Rievaulx Abbey ✨

As my last “6 Countries in 1 Month” blog series ended as of last week. I thought I’d do a little post of two abbeys that I visited in February this year. As a few friends came and visited, we though it would be the perfect opportunity to get out of the city and go exploring some historical sites in the area. So we chose to visit Byland Abbey and Rievaulx Abbey. So I recorded a mini video of both Abbeys but below I will tell you about the history and include some photos. So go click on my video (it’s only 42 seconds long) and then let’s learn a brief history about these Abbey’s!

Byland Abbey

The Abbey costs £5.40 for an adult to visit (without gift aid) and is open Saturdays and Sundays between 10am to 4pm. It is a ruined abbey located in North Yorkshire, in a small village. It was founded in 1135 and became a Cistercian abbey around 10 years later. It started fall into disrepair due to Henry VIII’s reign.

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Rievaulx Abbey

This abbey is much larger than Byland and was founded in the same time period, also a Cistercian abbey it also went into disrepair due to Henry VIII’s reign. It costs £8.50 for an adult to visit (without gift aid) and unlike Byland, it does have a cafe and shop. It is open Wednesdays to Sundays 10am to 4pm but I think as of this month it is also open Mondays and Tuesdays. Rievaulx Abbey is very close to Byland and is about a 10 minute drive away.

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