How can we help?

From Thursday 28th May the Estate will be open to all, with a pre-booked ticketing system for the car parks in place to stagger arrivals. Here are some answers to your questions:

1Will toilets be open?
Yes and additional toilets have been put in place to ensure people are able to social distance.
2Can I show my car park ticket on my smart phone or tablet instead of printing it?
3Do Season Ticket Holders have to pre-book?
Yes, if you have not received correspondence from the office please contact us directly for further information on
4What about other pass holders eg Yorkshire Houses and Garden passes?
You should have received correspondence directly from the office that manages these passes. If not, please contact us directly on
5How long can I stay once I have arrived?
Our car parks will be locked at 7pm.
6Can I bring a barbecue?
Barbecues are welcome in Barden Field car park at weekends and bank holidays only. 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.
7Can I bring my dog?
Yes dogs are most welcome to visit, 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. 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. Dogs are not permitted on Barden Moor and Barden Fell.
8Can 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.
9Car Parks:

You cannot transfer between car parks.

You cannot leave the car park and come in back again.

10 Will there be refreshments available?
Yes various outlets on the Estate are now offering a take-away service.
11Where is the closest petrol station?
The nearest petrol stations are located either in Skipton or Ilkley.
12Can 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.
13Who 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.
14How 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.
15Is 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.
16Can 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 wanting 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.
17Can I take commercial photographs on the estate?
Commercial photographers must receive permission from the Estate Office before they visit.
18How 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 Visit Britain '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. Requiring that visitors only travel to Bolton Abbey if the current government regulations allow. To check the local Covid alert level for Bolton Abbey, please use the postcode BD23 6EX. Please click here for the government website with details of local Covid alert levels.
19Can I go fishing at Bolton Abbey?
Please click here for more information on fishing.
20Can I bring a motorhome?
Motorhomes are welcome in our car parks for day visits, there is no height restriction at the car park entrances. Please book your e-ticket as per any other vehicle.

We can’t wait to welcome you and thank you for respecting our new way of working.