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Bolton Priory

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.

    Contact Information

  • 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)
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  • Location: Bolton Abbey
Updated: 06-02-2014

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