What to do at Bolton Abbey

What to do at Bolton Abbey

Visit Bolton Abbey in beautiful Yorkshire to experience breathtaking scenery and history. Located on the banks of the River Wharfe, Bolton Abbey is home to over 80 acres of tranquil woodlands, riverside walks and ancient ruins. We take a look at exactly what there is to do at Bolton Abbey and why you should visit for an unforgettable day out.


Bolton Abbey is also home to some of Yorkshire’s most beautiful waterfalls, making it a must-see destination for anyone looking to explore the region. Visit Strid Wood to witness Bolton Abbey’s most iconic waterfall – Bolton Strid. The Strid is an awe-inspiring stretch of fast-flowing white water, cascading over rocks and boulders in an incredible display of power and beauty. For more natural attractions in Bolton Abbey, head over to the Cavendish Pavilion. Situated on Bolton Abbey’s estate, this tranquil spot provides access to two impressive waterfalls – Bolton Foss and Scaleber Force. Bolton Foss is a wide cascade that tumbles into a deep pool below while Scaleber Force has two separate drops with an expansive pool at the base.

Deer Park

With stunning surroundings, Bolton Abbey’s deer park is home to over 200 fallow and red deer which roam freely through its lush green pastures. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll around the grounds and observe the majestic animals from afar. As well as being a great spot for watching wildlife, the  deer park is also home to a variety of other attractions including an enchanting wooded area and some beautiful riverside walks. There are plenty of picnic areas too, so you can enjoy your lunch with the sights and sounds of nature all around you. Bolton Abbey’s deer park is sure to be an unforgettable day out for nature enthusiasts of all ages!

Priory Church

The Priory Church at Bolton Abbey is one of the finest Norman architectures in England, and a must-visit for any history enthusiast visiting Yorkshire. Originally built in 1154, the church was founded by Augustinian monks who lived and worked there until their dissolution in 1539. The Abbey itself has been re-built multiple times over its long history, but the church remains an iconic reminder of Bolton’s heritage. The surrounding grounds are breathtakingly beautiful with lush green lawns, winding pathways and a tranquil river running through it. Inside the church you can see some stunning examples of 12th century architecture and decoration, including unique stone carvings, Gothic pillars and archways, stained glass windows and ornate frescoes. Bolton Abbey’s Priory Church is a truly amazing place to explore and full of fascinating stories from centuries past.


The Bolton Abbey Estate is a delightful place for walking and hiking enthusiasts. With miles of winding paths and trails, Bolton Abbey offers some truly stunning views of the surrounding Yorkshire countryside. Take a gentle stroll along the riverside paths where you can take in the peaceful atmosphere and watch out for wildlife. For more adventurous walks, explore Bolton Abbey’s woodlands, meadows and hills – each offering something different in terms of terrain and scenery. On your journey through Bolton Abbey you’ll find some fascinating historical sites such as Bolton Castle, Bolton Priory Church and the ruins of Bolton Old Hall – each providing an insight into Yorkshire’s rich heritage. Hikers will be particularly pleased with Bolton Abbey’s extensive array of long-distance footpaths which traverse across moorland, woodland and valleys – perfect for those looking to explore further afield. The Bolton Abbey Estate is also home to many events throughout the year including guided walks, cycle rides and concerts amongst others; so whether it’s a leisurely stroll or a vigorous hike, Bolton Abbey has something for everyone!

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