Things to do at Bolton Abbey review
In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales on the banks of the River Wharfe, you will find one of North Yorkshire’s most famous sites, Bolton Abbey. It boasts over 80 miles of footpaths to walk and explore and it is a great family-friendly day out. You can explore the ruins of the abbey
A highlight to any visit is crossing the 60 stepping stones that lie across the river. They were once the crossing point for the lay workers of the priory. If the stepping stones aren’t for you or there’s been some heavy rainfall covering the stones there is a bridge further up that you can safely cross. North of here there is a large beach area popular with families. It’s a great spot to have a paddle.
There’s also a wooden galleon where little ones can imagine they have taken to the high seas. Once on deck little pirates can enjoy the ship’s slide, climbing net, climbing wall, pirates’ pole and ship’s wheel! And of course, there is space to build sandcastles galore!
Kids will love the wellie walk. Be prepared for lots of fun and mud! Their woodland adventure trail leads you from the stepping stones to the Cavendish Pavilion (but you can start at either end). Along the way they will find an igloo-shaped climbing wall, tunnels, scramble nets, balance beams, wobbly stirrups, the maze and many more obstacles – it really is great fun!
One of the best walks is the Valley of Desolation and Simon’s Seat, you will be rewarded with a beautiful waterfall and equally beautiful views.
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FAQ and Further Information Bolton Abbey
Is there food and drink available?
There are a number of places to eat and purchase drinks including many tea-rooms. Picnics are welcome on the estate and BBQs in the Riverside car park.
What are the main things to do?
Ruined abbey with stepping stones across the river, beach area for paddling, pirate play area and a wellie walk. Plus toilets, a choice of car parks and places to eat.
What are the ticket prices?
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Cheap. Bolton Abbey is a great value for money day out. It costs just £10 to park and that price includes all passengers. Or you can pay £10 to visit on foot for up to 10 people.
Is there parking?
There are a number of car parks. Parking is included with your ticket.
When are they open?
They usually close over the autumn/winter but are currently remaining open. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Dogs are welcome on a lead.
Are they accessible?
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