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Yorkshire Sights

Bolton Abbey

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  • Skipton
  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

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Some of the loveliest Wharfedale scenery comes into view near Bolton Priory, the ruins of a 12th-century Augustinian priory that sit on a grassy embankment over a great curve of the River Wharfe. The view inspired J.M.W. Turner to create a number of watercolors of the priory ruins and nearby sites. Close to Bolton Priory and surrounded by romantic woodland scenery, the River Wharfe plunges between a narrow chasm in the rocks (called the Strid) before reaching Barden Tower, a ruined medieval hunting lodge that can be visited just as easily as Bolton Priory. Both are part of the 30,000-acre Bolton Abbey estate owned by the dukes of Devonshire. The priory is just a short walk or drive from the village of Bolton Abbey. You can also visit the priory church. Guides are available weekdays from March to October.

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Bolton Abbey, Skipton, BD23 6EX, England

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Sight Details:

  • Parking £8
  • Late Oct.–mid-Mar., daily 9–6 (last admission 4); mid-Mar.–May and Sept.-late Oct., daily 9–7 (last admission 5:30); May–Aug., daily 9–9 (last admission 6)


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