Bolton Abbey for Families
10 Reasons to Visit
Bolton Abbey is one of our all time favourite places to take a family walk. We’ve done it in all seasons and it’s always been a really lovely day out for us. Haven’t been yet? Here’s 10 good reasons to visit soon!
Every time we go, I find Bolton Abbey absolutely beautiful. It’s gorgeous on sunny days, overcast days, in winter and summer. With the priory for a back drop and the river running past it’s instant relaxation (even when chasing a two year old!)
2. Bolton Abbey Activity Trails
We haven’t tried one yet, but I will definitely be printing an I-Spy trail for Lily next time. It gives tots photos of things to spot with the chance to earn a certificate and sticker (always exciting!). There’s also a photography competition for older children.
3. Walks for Little Feet & Prams
Even if you’ve only been walking for a few months like our little Leo, the path leading along the river is a great walk. We’ve done it with a pram, backpack, front pack, me 8 months pregnant and both kids running free.
4. Over 80 Miles of Footpaths
With so much choice Bolton Abbey can both feel familiar and have the appeal of novelty. There’s a walk for every age and fitness level. A visit to the Bolton Abbey website will provide you with free, printable maps.
Sheep and duck spotting keeps our two-year old very entertained. Last time we also hunted bits of sheep fluff and mole holes (and sheep poop too if I’m honest! Potty training has made us very interested in all things poop related.)
Bolton Abbey welcomes picnickers and even has a designated spot for barbecues. There’s an ice cream van parked near the ruins and footbridge during the warmer months. It has proper Yorkshire-made ice cream too!
7. River Wharf
The riverside is a great place to sit and take in the view. On a hot day it’s a great place to dip your feet in as well. I couldn’t resist adding this photo of a one-year old Lily less than happy we wouldn’t let her join the dogs in a swim in the river two summers back.
8. Visit Hesketh Farm
I have to admit, I’ve never been to Hesketh Farm as I only discovered it was there while writing this. It’s located just a mile from Bolton Abbey. It’s a working farm with animals to stroke, a giant sandpit and straw maze. It’s not open year round, so check the site before you go and watch this space for a review!
9. Priory Ruins and Church
The ruins of a 12th century Priory overlooking the river are stunning and we always enjoy a visit to the Priory Church as well.
10. Tea & Treats
Normally we end the walk with soup and tea in the lovely Tea Cottage which overlooks both the river and the ruins. During out last trip we made our first visit to the oh-so-exciting Billy Bob’s Ice Cream Parlour which is just a short drive away from Bolton Abbey. I like to think the healthy walk earned us the delicious milk shakes!
To find out more about Bolton Abbey and to plan your visit, see .
Have you been with your family to Bolton Abbey and have a suggestion to add to the list? I’d love to hear about it!