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Priory Ruins

Overlooking the River Wharfe are the ruins of the 12th century Priory and the thriving parish church. Feel free to wander around the ruins and go in the church. Church guides are available everyday from March to October and at weekends during the winter months to answer any question you may have. The church is open everyday from 8:30am to 5:00pm in the summer and 4:00pm in winter.

With seating both in and around the Priory Church, this is the perfect location to sit back, admire the view and escape the 21st century.

Priory Ruins

Pre booked guided tours of the church are available for further information or visit the website

Tel 01756 710238

The land at Bolton was granted to the Augustinian Canons in 1154 by Lady Alice de Rumilly. It is thought that she gave the Canons the land as an expression of her grief for her son, the Boy of Egremont, who drowned in the Strid. Thankfully this is an unlikely tale as the boy's signature appears on the Priory's deeds.

The Priory Ruins from the north

It is 400m from Bolton Abbey car park to the Priory Ruins. Access is suitable for disabled visitors

After the dissolution of the monastries in 1539 the nave of the Priory was allowed to continue as a parish church. All the other priory buildings were stripped of their lead roofs, leaving the stone work exposed to the elements. Over time the stone structures weakened and began to fall down. Rather than leaving good stone to go to waste is was pillaged and today can be found in buildings up and down the Wharfe valley.

Beautiful Christmas Gifts The Priory Church Website

The Priory Church of Saint Mary and Saint Cuthbert website.

 

Please note

It is 400m from Bolton Abbey car park to the Priory Ruins. Access is suitable for disabled visitors

 

Print your own Priory Church leaflet

Enhance your visit with the Priory Church leaflet