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We have tried to give you as much information as possible about Bolton Abbey. Here are some of the frequently asked questions. Or read some general information about Bolton Abbey that we hope will help plan your visit.
1. Who owns and runs Bolton Abbey
The whole Estate is owned by the Trustees of the Chatsworth Settlement on behalf of the Cavendish family. The 11th Duke of Devonshire established the trust to ensure the Estate was maintained in its entirety for this and future generations to enjoy.
2. How big is Bolton Abbey
The Estate is just under 30, 000 acres in size made up of 14, 000 acres of heather moorland, 14, 000 acres of agricultural land and 1, 500 acres of woodland. The Estate is responsible for 198 residential properties, 54 farms and 27 commercial properties. 54 of these are listed properties. It employs more than 80 people and supports a community of over 1500 people.
3. Is Bolton Abbey open all year?
The Estate is open all year including Christmas Day for visitors wishing to enjoy over 80 miles of footpaths. The Estate gift shops are also open through out the year, only closing on Christmas Day. While the Estate is open visitors are advised to check the opening times for refreshments.
4. Why do I pay to enjoy Bolton Abbey
Bolton Abbey is self supporting. All proceeds from the sale of tickets are reinvested in Bolton Abbey Estate for the enjoyment of future generations.This includes the provision of all visitor services, maintenance of over 80 miles of footpaths, litter collection and disposal, the restoration and preservation of the historic buildings and five Sites of Special Scientific Interest, grass cutting and floral displays, and woodland planting and management.
5. Can I travel to Bolton Abbey via public transport?
There are bus service via Bolton Abbey on most days. Buses to Grassington stop outside the Tea Cottage opposite the village green and further north outside Strid Wood car park. Buses travelling between Harrogate and Skipton stop opposite The Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel, approximately ½ mile from the village of Bolton Abbey.
6. Is Bolton Abbey accessible for wheelchair users?
The Estate has undertaken extensive works to make Bolton Abbey, wherever possible, accessible to wheelchairs. Please click here for information about access and the provision of electric wheelchairs.
7. Do you have baby changing facilities?
There are baby changing facilities positioned in the disabled toilets in all three Estate car parks.
8. Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are welcome on all the riverside and woodland paths. Visitors are asked to keep their dogs on a lead while in the woodland. Dogs are not allowed on Barden Moor and Barden Fell access areas, which includes the Valley of Desolation and Simon’s Seat walks. Visitors are asked to leave their dogs outside the shops, There is a water tap and dog parking outside all three Estate gift shops. Assistance dogs are welcome in the Estate shops.
9. Can I have a barbecue?
Barbecues are welcome in the southern section of Sandholme car park only, where there are facilities to safely dispose of the barbecue. Visitors lighting a barbecue elsewhere on the Estate will be asked to extinguish it.
10. Can I cycle on Bolton Abbey Estate?
Cyclists and Horse Riders are most welcome on the bridleways which cross the Estate. Cycling and Horse Riding is not permitted on any of the riverside or woodland paths.
11. Can I canoe on the River Wharfe?
There are no navigation rights for visitors wishing to canoe the River Wharfe between Barden Bridge and Bolton Bridge. Rubber dinghies and canoes can be put on the river between the Cavendish Wooden Bridge and the Stepping Stones Bridge. Visitors enter the river at their own risk.