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.
2How else are you ensuring social distancing?
The nature trails between the Village Car Park and Barden Bridge have one way systems in place to allow for social distancing. The stepping stones are now one way from the Priory to the East Bank. Please follow the signage.
3Can I show my car park ticket on my smart phone or tablet instead of printing it?
4Do 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
5What 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
6How long can I stay once I have arrived?
Our car parks will be locked at 5pm.
7Can I bring a barbecue?
Barbecues and open fires are not permitted on the Estate to reduce our impact on the emergency services. Barden Field car park is also now closed until late springtime 2021.
8Can I bring my dog?
Yes dogs are most welcome to visit, however they must be kept on a lead at all times to ensure we assist with social distancing. 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.
9Can I swim in the river?
No, river bathing is not permitted to reduce our impact on the emergency services.
10Can we play ball games?
To ensure social distancing can be adhered to, ball games are no longer permitted.
11Car Parks:

You cannot transfer between car parks.

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

12 Will there be refreshments available?
Yes various outlets on the Estate are now offering a take-away service.
13Where is the closest petrol station?
The nearest petrol stations are located either in Skipton or Ilkley.
14Can 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.
15Who 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.
16How 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.
17Is 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.
18Can 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.
19Can I take commercial photographs on the estate?
Commercial photographers must receive permission from the Estate Office before they visit.

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