1How are you protecting the health of visitors and staff during the coronavirus pandemic?
The health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is our number one priority and we have been awarded the VisitBritain 'We're Good To Go' COVID-19 industry standard. While we will always offer our usual warm welcome, you will notice a few changes when you visit us.
What to expect on your visit
2Is Bolton Abbey open?
Bolton Abbey Estate is open throughout the year. View our current opening times.
Pre-booking is advisable, but not essential, in order to guarantee your preferred time of arrival.
3Do Season Ticket Holders have to pre-book?
Season ticket holders do not need to pre-book admission to the Estate.
4Do accepted pass holders need to pre-book eg. Yorkshire Houses and Garden passes?
Accepted pass holders do not need to pre-book.
5Is Bolton Abbey a National Trust or English Heritage property?
Bolton Abbey is not part of the National Trust or English Heritage. Estate admission prices apply.
6How long can I stay once I have arrived?
7Can I get a refund on my ticket?
Once purchased, tickets cannot be exchanged, refunded or returned, and are valid on the date/time specified only.
8Can I transfer between car parks or return to a car park I’ve already been to?
Visitors can now transfer between car parks or return to a car park they have previously exited, using their season ticket or day ticket.
9Can I bring a barbecue?
Barbecues are welcome in Barden Field car park during opening hours. View our opening times.
The barbecues should be either disposable or portable by design. Gas fuelled barbeques and stoves are not permitted. Visitors should purchase an e-ticket choosing Barden Field car park prior to setting off. Visitors without an admission ticket for Barden Field will not be permitted to barbeque in this area.
Barbeques of any type are not permitted anywhere else on the Estate.
Open fires are not permitted anywhere at Bolton Abbey.
10Can I bring my dog?
Well behaved dogs are most welcome to visit Bolton Abbey, however they must be kept on a lead when walking in Strid Wood and along the Priory Trail and Welly Walk . Please walk your dog to heal outside of the woodlands and please be mindful of others as not everyone feels comfortable in the company of a dog.
Assistance dogs are welcome in the Estate gift shops. There is a water tap and dog parking outside all three estate gift shops. Dogs are not permitted on Barden Moor and Barden Fell.
Where can I walk my dog?
11Can I swim in the river?
The River Wharfe is fast flowing with strong undercurrents, water levels rise and fall very quickly. Swimming is not recommended.
Rubber dinghies and canoes can only be put on the river, at the owners’ risk, between the Cavendish Pavilion Bridge and Stepping Stones.
12Will there be refreshments available?
13Is horse riding permitted at Bolton Abbey?
Visitors are welcome to park their horse box or trailer in the Estate car parks. We ask that visitors clean up after your horse as is necessary.
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.
14Can I use my drone?
In the interests of visitor safety, we do not permit the launching or landing of drones for personal use on the estate.
If you are seeking to use your drone for commercial purposes please contact the Estate Office.
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.
15Can I take commercial photographs on the estate?
Personal photography and videography is welcome.
Professional portraits and including family photoshoots and commercial photography require written permission.
Photography and videography of children and young people is prohibited without consent of the accompanying adult. This includes, but is not limited to, school groups and/or those attending family events.
Photographs taken on the estate may not be sold or used for any commercial or promotional purpose.
Please note that wedding photography and videography are exclusive to couples getting married at the Priory Church. Subject to availability and with prior written permission couples married and or celebrating their wedding at a business on the Bolton Abbey Estate may have their wedding photographs taken in the Priory Ruins. Only couples married in the Priory Church can have wedding photographs taken in the Priory Church and West Tower.
We reserve the right to ask visitors taking part in wedding, engagement, portrait or commercial photography to leave the estate.
16Can I go fishing at Bolton Abbey?
Members and day ticket holders are welcome to fly fish
on the river Wharfe in season.
17Can I bring my motorhome?
Motor homes are welcome. For ease of parking we suggest you park in Bolton Abbey car park.