Bolton Abbey is the location of the ruined 12th-century Augustinian (Catholic) Bolton Priory in North Yorkshire, on the banks of the river Wharf. The Priory, along with the land and other resources, was given to the Augustinian order in 1154, by Lady Alice de Romille of nearby Skipton. Shortly after that, the nave of the Abbey church became used as a Christian parish church, which actually managed to survive the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539. Unfortunately, the same could not be said for the Priory.
Building work was still going on at the Abbey when the Dissolution struck, forcing the priory to close and work to stop. A bit more work was carried out in Victorian times, including windows by Augustus Pugin - the man who designed Big Ben's clock tower. However, much of east side of the abbey is still in ruin or half-built, and the rest of the remaining church remains Gothic in style.
Today, the remains of Bolton Abbey are a widely visited and surprisingly beautiful attraction, and has been immortalized in several works of art, no to mention it's the cover for the album 'Faith' by The Cure, as well as appearing in a few other music videos!
And no wonder it's so popular - Boasting just under 30,000 acres of beautiful countryside, over 80 miles of country walks (including riverside, woodland and moorland trails), and more history and nature than you can shake a stick at, it's almost impossible to not find something that truly interest you! Not to mention it's a great, relaxing way to keep the kids entertained for a day!