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Bolton Abbey

“Nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales on the banks of the River Wharfe, Bolton Abbey is Yorkshire’s best day out.

Its landscape is the “jewel in the crown” of Yorkshire’s many landscapes, and the 30,000 acres of beautiful countryside boast over 80 miles of footpaths to walk and explore, providing something for all ages. From our ever changing events programme providing activities for children to fishing on the River Wharfe, you’ll find a host of activity awaiting you.

Explore the ruins of the Priory and discover a landscape full of history and legend. Walk along the riverside, woodland and moorland paths and enjoy local produce in the excellent restaurants, tea rooms and cafes, treat yourself in the quality gift shops or simply relax beside the river with a picnic whilst the children play – Bolton Abbey has it all.

We love Bolton Abbey as a family! In Summer there are picnics and running around the woods – in Winter bring your flask and wellies for squelching in the mud and playing pooh sticks on the bridge.

Entry fee is £8 per car which includes parking for the whole day at any of the sites. We usually park at the Pavillion, get a latte and then walk on the main path to the Strid, via the money tree – if the kids can make it! The Abbey is also worth an explore if your kids aren’t keen on walking. Play hide and seek amongst the ruins, examine the grave stones and watch people trying to cross the stepping stones. Skim stones on the many beaches and paddle in the little bays.


£8 per car. Motorcycles £4.

£3 per vehicle Monday to Friday from November to 11th March 2016 inclusive, excluding Christmas and February half term holidays. The ticket is transferable to all three estate car parks on the day of your visit. Blue badge holders do not receive a discount.

£80 for a yearly season ticket which also includes further discounts across the estate.

Opening Times

Opening times are listed here.


General Enquiries
Estate Office
Bolton Abbey
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BD23 6EX

Days out near Bingley – National Media Museum

Like many people in Bingley, I do try and avoid going into Bradford if I can at all avoid it. Having said that though, I am quite fond of Bradford city centre in a funny way – there are definitely some hidden gems and there is also plenty of affordable things to do, if you know where to look. Today we decided to do something a bit different to normal, and my two small sons and I headed to the National Media Museum to see what they had on as they often run interesting events in the holidays. We parked with no problem at all in a small car park right behind the museum (cost £2.40 for four hours) and strolled right in. The museum is actually free, and actually is pretty awesome. On the ground floor is a really fab recently refurbished cafe and I was really surprised how good it was – though we actually took a picnic as I remembered from last time there is a nice picnic area too. On the first floor there was a chance to create your own photo with various props and bits and bobs – as an ex teacher I couldn’t really see the learning objective but maybe I was missing the point a bit, probably. Anyway, my two boys enjoyed it and we ended up on the website – excitement! There are a further five floors which contain loads of interesting bits and bobs from really old televisions to film sets and my two boys loved messing around pretending to be in Telly Tubby land. There is also a “light” room with lots of different ways to mess around with light rays/reflection/refraction which again, as a teacher I was loving.

The best bit for us was the IMAX film we went to see – something about the Unseen World – I think it was £7.75 for adults and £5.95 for children three and over. It was a 3D film and my children loved wearing the glasses and “reaching out” to anything that appeared to leave the screen, we really enjoyed it!Image

I really recommend the National Media Museum for a day out to families in Bingley – it was really quiet today which worried me as I would really hate to see this amazing facility close due to lack of visitors.