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Bolton Abbey

Tourism Department, Estate Office, Bolton Abbey BD23 6EX, England
01756 718009
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Andover, Massachusetts
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43 reviews 43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We brought a picnic lunch, explored the ruins, briefly visited the still-working cathedral, and walked the stepping stones. While the ruins were as grandiose as Fountains Abbey, they're still grand in their own right and the whole day was (mostly) peaceful and pleasant. Word of warning: I thought the stepping stones would be a fun activity with my 4-year-old daughter... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

It was lots of fun. You had to keep your balance on the steping stones or you'll fall in the lake!We visited the ruins. Theres lots of walking so next time i would want to bring my bike. We had a picnic too! You don't pay for the actual park, you only have to pay for parking. I would reccomend... More

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Tamworth
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Bolton Abbey has been on my list to visit for many years and I am ashamed that I left it so long. The Abbey itself is stunningly beautiful to look at from all angles and the surrounding countryside and river-banks make it just perfect. There were lots of people enjoying their day out when we visited including groups of students... More

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We walked the 3 miles from our Hotel to the Abbey via the riverside. You can google the map for this and it is a lovely walk. The ruins are quite imposing even from half a mile away and interesting to walk around. There is no charge but leave a small donation for restoration. There is also further walks that... More

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Scenic, stunning setting in the heart of Wharfedale. A dream location for landscape artists, whether painting, drawing or photographing. The only downside is the official carpark; £8.00 for a vehicle, which I consider to be on the expensive side.

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Yorkshire, England
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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is a really nice place to visit on a nice day. There is plenty of walking (some of which is easy access) and lots of nice scenery. If you have young children I would recommend the welly walk as there are little play stations along the way and at the end you end up at the priory where there... More

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west sussex
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Only wanted to spend an hour or so here as my husband and I didn`t have much time so we were horrified to find we would have to pay £8 just to park. Why they can't apportion the cost to how long you stay. We quickly turned round and went elsewhere.

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Oviedo, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Words cannot describe the beauty and peacefulness felt here. The ruins of the Abbey are haunting. The sign that says services have been held in the priory for 895 years and still being held is daunting. The view of the Yorkshire Dales, the river, the green fields is like being in heaven. We stopped and fed the ducks. We hiked... More

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Been meaning to go here for a few years. Well eventually went and loved it. Im loathed to say how good it is in case everyone goes lol. Of course its not funfairs or amusements, its a beutiful peaceful setting, with a gentle river and lots of space to do what you want. £8 to park for as many in... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This is a beautiful, picturesque abbey set around lovely scenery. My boys (4 and 1) loved the welly walk from the river to the abbey. The walk included a maze, climbing over tree trunks, slides, climbing ropes, etc...such fun and creative activities for the kids! Once we got to the abbey, we picnicked in the grass and then walked down... More

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