Bolton Abbey in Wharfedale, North Yorkshire, takes its name from the ruins of the 12th-century Augustinian monastery now known as Bolton Priory. At the abbey there are car parks, tea rooms and stepping stones across the river. The parkland is popular with walkers and runners.
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Accommodation around Bolton Abbey
Bolton Abbey Attractions
Inspiration and walks around Bolton Abbey
Bolton Abbey on the map
Bolton Abbey FAQ’s
Do you have to pay to get in Bolton Abbey?
The priory church and ruins are free to enter, but the car parks nearby all carry a charge.
How long is the walk around Bolton Abbey?
There are lots of different routes available, but the circuit between the main car parks and bridge near the church and the car parks and bridge at the pavilion is 2 miles, relatively flat but sometimes muddy.
How long do you need at Bolton Abbey?
Most people complete a 3km walk, look round the church and have a cup of tea and cake, which should take around 1.5 hours.
On a nice day it’s worth heading upriver to Burnsall where there are shallows and plenty of parking – lots of people go here to take a dip and the bridge is a popular subject of paintings. Skipton is close for restuarants and rail links, and Harrogate is an easy drive, with plenty of shops, attractions and rail links.