Priory Church and Ruins

Feel free to wander around the Priory Ruins and Church

At the heart of Bolton Abbey Estate lies the Priory Church and Ruins of an Augustinian Priory in its beautiful riverside setting. The land was gifted to the Augustinian canons by Alice de Rumilly in 1154. The canons lived and worshipped here until 1539 when the dissolution of the monasteries stripped the Priory of its assets. History lovers will enjoy the story of Prior Moone and how he negotiated with Cromwell to secure the nave as a place of worship for the local community and how the church continues to thrive to this day.

With seating both in and around the Priory Church, this is the perfect location to sit back, admire the view and escape the 21st Century.

Priory Church

The church is open every day; Summer 8:30am -5pm, Winter 8:30am - 4pm

The church guides welcome historians, schools and families.

To book your visit and a guided tour

Telephone: 01756 718009

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Enter the Church through the tower, first commissioned in 1520 by Prior Moone and finally roofed in 1982 by Canon Slaughter. Continue through the great west doors and discover the painted wall before you and absorb the calming atmosphere.

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