Welcome to Bolton Abbey
Nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales on the banks of the River Wharfe, Bolton Abbey is Yorkshire’s best day out.
Its landscape is the “jewel in the crown” of Yorkshire’s many landscapes, and the 30,000 acres of beautiful countryside boast over 80 miles of footpaths to walk and explore, providing something for all ages. From our ever changing events programme providing activities for children to fishing on the River Wharfe, you’ll find a host of activity awaiting you.
Explore the ruins of the Priory and discover a landscape full of history and legend. Walk along the riverside, woodland and moorland paths and enjoy local produce in the excellent restaurants, tea rooms and cafes, treat yourself in the quality gift shops or simply relax beside the river with a picnic whilst the children play - Bolton Abbey has it all.
Through the hole in the wall and into the grounds of the Priory ruins, you will soon realise you’re entering a special place. For a longer stay, why not try one of our exquisite hotels or unique holiday cottages.
Bolton Abbey has been carefully managed by the Devonshire family since 1755, and remains the Yorkshire seat of the 12th Duke of Devonshire. The landscape at Bolton Abbey inspires, and has been admired in the past by artists such as Turner, Ruskin and Royle, as well as the poet Wordsworth. We hope you find it as inspiring as they did.
The perfect family day out in the Yorkshire Dales
Roadworks on the Estate
The B6160 is closed to all vehicles including bicycles north of the village green to the Cavendish Memorial. Bolton Abbey Estate remains open as usual. The road from the A59 to Bolton Abbey village car park is open with car parking in Bolton Abbey Village car park.
From here visitors can enjoy the network of paths to the Priory Ruins and upstream to the Cavendish Pavilion and Strid Wood.
Access north of Bolton Abbey is via Embsay, Easbty and over Barden Moor.