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

Please be aware that from Monday 04 April until Friday 01 July the Priory Church will only be open at weekends

The church has been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to install a new lighting scheme. The contractors will be on site each Monday to Friday during this period, meaning that there will be no access to most of the building during the week. Visitors will still be able to come into the entrance Tower, where they will be able to learn more about the project which will significantly improve the welcome for visitors when it is completed.

The church guides welcome historians, schools and families.

To book your visit and a guided tour

Telephone: 01756 718009

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