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We hope we have given you all the information you need about Bolton Abbey. If not here are some of the frequently asked questions.

1Is Bolton Abbey open all year?
The Estate is open all year including Christmas Day. The Estate gift shops are also open throughout the year, only closing on Christmas Day. While the Estate is open visitors are advised to check the opening times.
2Can I travel to Bolton Abbey via public transport?
Yes. Please visit our ‘finding us’ page.
3Is Bolton Abbey accessible for wheelchair users?
The Estate has undertaken extensive works to make Bolton Abbey, wherever possible, accessible to wheelchairs.
Please click here for information about access and the provision of electric wheelchairs.
4Do you have baby changing facilities?
There are baby changing facilities positioned in the disabled toilets in all three Estate car parks.
5Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are welcome on all the riverside and woodland paths. Visitors are asked to keep their dogs on a lead. There is a designated area where dogs are allowed off a lead. Dogs are not allowed on Barden Moor and Barden Fell access areas, which includes the Valley of Desolation and Simon’s Seat walks.
Visitors are asked to leave their dogs outside the shops. There is a water tap and dog parking outside all three estate gift shops. Assistance dogs are welcome in the Estate gift shops.
6Can I have a barbecue or open fire?
Barbecues are welcome in the Riverside car park only, where there are facilities to safely dispose of the barbecue. Visitors lighting a barbecue elsewhere on the Estate will be asked to extinguish it.
Open fires are not permitted on the estate.
7Can I ride or cycle on the Bolton Abbey Estate?
Cyclists and Horse Riders are most welcome on the bridleways which cross the Estate. Cycling and Horse Riding is not permitted on any of the riverside or woodland paths.
Click here for further information and suggested routes.
8Can I canoe on the River Wharfe?
There are no navigation rights for visitors wishing to canoe the River Wharfe between Barden Bridge and Bolton Bridge. Permission is granted for rubber dinghies and canoes can be put on the river between the Cavendish Wooden Bridge and the Stepping Stones Bridge. Visitors enter the river at their own risk.
9Where is the nearest bank and cash point?
Visitors can draw money from Bolton Abbey Post Office during opening hours. The nearest banks are in Skipton and the nearest cash machine is at the Co-Operative in Addingham, 3 miles south of Bolton Abbey on the B6160.
10Where are the lavatories located?
There are lavatories in all three car parks. These are open every day and locked when the estate closes.
11Is there anywhere to buy a newspaper?
Newspapers are on sale every day in the Village Shop.
12Where is the closest petrol station?
The nearest petrol stations are located either in Skipton or Ilkley.
13Can you get mobile reception at Bolton Abbey?
Mobile telephone reception is inconsistent on the Estate. There is a public telephone positioned behind the Village Shop.
14Who owns and runs Bolton Abbey?
Bolton Abbey is owned by the Chatsworth Settlement Trustees. The 10th Duke of Devonshire established the trust to ensure the Estate was maintained in its entirety for this and future generations to enjoy.
15How big is Bolton Abbey?
The Estate is just under 30,000 acres in size, comprised of 14,000 acres of heather moorland, 14,000 acres of agricultural land and 1500 acres of wood. The Estate is responsible for 198 residential properties, 54 farms and 80 commercial properties of which 54 of these are listed properties. We employ more than 80 people and support a community of more than 1500 people.
16Is horse riding permitted at Bolton Abbey?
Horses are permitted on the public highways that cross the estate, and along the bridleway from Bolton Abbey through Westy Bank Wood to Hare Head, from there you can either come down Moor Lane returning to the village along the back road from Halton East. Alternatively, you can continue across the moor to Rylstone. If you wish to bring a horse box and park it in our car parks, you are welcome to do so. Please clean up after your horse as is necessary.
17Can I use my drone?
In the interests of visitor safety, we do not permit the launching or landing of drones on the estate unless agreed in advance in writing. For further information please see the Drone Code produced by the Civil Aviation Authority for a practical guide on how to fly your drone safely in full compliance with the law.
18Can I take commercial photographs on the estate?
Commercial photographers must receive permission from the Estate Office before they visit.