Bolton Priory Review
Some of the loveliest Wharfedale scenery comes into view around Bolton Priory, the ruins of a 13th-century Augustinian priory that sit on a grassy embankment over a great curve of the River Wharfe. The ruins were immortalized by J.M.W. Turner, who was inspired to create a number of watercolors of the abbey and nearby sites. Close to Bolton Priory, surrounded by romantic woodland scenery, the River Wharfe plunges between a narrow chasm in the rocks (called the Strid) before reaching Barden Tower, a medieval hunting lodge. This lodge is now a ruin and can be visited just as easily as Bolton Priory, in whose grounds it stands. The priory is just a short walk or drive from the village of Bolton Abbey. You can visit the priory church on the Bolton Abbey estate, which is owned by the duke of Devonshire.
- Address: B6160, off A59, Bolton Abbey, BD23 6EX
- Phone: 01756/718009
- Cost: Free. Parking £7
- Hours: Late Oct.–mid-Mar., daily 9–6 (last admission 4); mid-Mar.–May and Sept.-late Oct., daily 9–7 (last admisssion 5:30); May–Aug., daily 9–9 (last admission 6)
- Website: www.boltonabbey.com
- Location: Bolton Abbey