Bolton Abbey – The perfect family day out in Yorkshire

By Kristina Bergwall

Posted in Travel on May 9, 2015

Bolton Abbey

I recently had my birthday and the best present I got was having my parents come over from Sweden to visit me on the day! It’s the perfect time a year for them to come over as spring has properly sprung and the sun is very warm when it decides to shine. I like this time a year because of that, and also of course because it’s the time of my birthday. My parents were over for a week so we had lots of time to catch up and do all sorts of lovely things and have (a lot of) delicious food and wine. One of our days out in Yorkshire were a trip to Bolton Abbey. I was recommended by friends to go here and as mum and dad were keen on seeing some of the Yorkshire Dales, Bolton Abbey was a perfect place to start!

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As you enter a doorway in the stone wall on your way to the abbey, you are met by the wonderful view of the rolling hills and the dale in which the stunning Bolton Abbey is situated. The river that runs through it adds to the picturesque charm and wonder of this historical place. It’s a great place for a family picnic and you can bring along your dog as they are allowed to run free to some extent. The water is not recommended to swim in, but is a perfect cool off for all four legged friends.

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The abbey itself has no roof as it is in ruins, but you can go inside and take shelter in the church and enjoy the tranquillity and the beauty of the restored multi coloured stained glass windows. I’m not religious myself but have always loved the grandeur and majestic architecture of churches. Bolton Abbey was built in the 12th century in a Gothic style of architecture although the stained glass windows was an addition in the Victorian area.

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What’s great for a family day out at Bolton Abbey is also the surrounding amenities. Not only is there easy access to toilets from the car park and the abbey, but there are tea rooms and other cafés where you can grab something to eat or drink if you didn’t pack a picnic. The car parking does cost a fair bit at £8, but that gives you access to everything for the whole day which I think is well worth it.

Next time you’re planning a day out in Yorkshire, do think of Bolton Abbey. We had a lovely time, even as a family with very grown up kids (i.e me). You can find it on the map here.

Kristina xx

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