North Yorkshire sits among the United Kingdom's most gorgeous rural counties. With almost half of the county's land given to National Parks, there's no shortage of glorious space in which to roam. From the Dales to the Moors, the magic stretches right the way across this county. The stunning landscapes of North Yorkshire are peppered with exciting historical attractions, one of the most popular being Bolton Abbey. The pretty ruins lie in the south of the county, due west of Harrogate, which puts it within easy reach of some of the best hotels in North Yorkshire.
The Historic Abbey
Bolton Abbey is the name of a vast estate in Wharfedale, North Yorkshire. The centre piece of the estate is the ruins of an Augustinian monastery, which was founded way back in 1120. The Abbey, also known as Bolton Priory, features heavily in the country's cultural history. The ruins are prominent in the poetry of Wordsworth, and even star in a famous watercolour by the painter Turner.
North Yorkshire's Best Day Out
Bolton Abbey claims to offer North Yorkshire's best day out. With acres of gorgeous countryside and ample facilities, it's easy to see why. The priory is set deep in the Yorkshire Dales, on the banks of the River Wharfe. Visitors can enjoy riverside walks and lazy summer afternoon picnics. The Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway is close by, and the estate's tearooms and restaurant serve up some delicious local produce.
Staying near Bolton Abbey
Located in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, there's no shortage of accommodation in the area surrounding Bolton Abbey. Visitors can take their pick from charming, family-run B&Bs and elegant rural spa hotels.
The Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa is situated in the village of Bolton Abbey, making it incredibly convenient for visits to the ruins. The breath-taking four-star property boasts a peaceful indoor pool area, complete with a spa tub. There's also a state of the art fitness suite and a tranquil garden, ripe for relaxation.
The Rendezvous Hotel is an affordable option located in nearby Skipton. There's a pool, free WiFi and a great restaurant.