Coronavirus: Bolton Abbey re-opening today

Coronavirus: Bolton Abbey re-opening today

Published by Harry Long at 6:45am 28th May 2020.

Bolton Abbey Estate will re-open today.  

  • Bolton Abbey Estate will re-open today with social distancing measures in place.  
  • Visitors will be asked to  pre-book their visit online,
  • Barbeques and swimming in the River Wharfe are banned.   

Social distancing measures will be in place to protect visitors and staff.  

All visitors will be asked to pre-book their visit online, and there'll also be extra toilets and a one-way system along the nature trails.  

Barbecues and swimming in the River Wharfe will not be allowed.    

The Priory Church at Bolton Abbey

Estate Director Benedict Heyes said: 

"The health, safety and welfare of our colleagues, local communities and visitors is paramount in the decisions we make. We have been working hard on these measures so we can make the Estate accessible again without putting people at unnecessary risk.

"We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support through this unprecedented time. Although we welcome the government's roadmap to recovery, we need to remain cautious at all times and would like to reassure our local communities that their safety remains a top priority as we re-open."

"Many of the people who live on the Estate, as well as many of our staff, are over 70 so restricting visitor numbers not only protects people visiting Bolton Abbey but those working and living here too. 

"In line with government guidelines our cafes will be offering a much reduced take away service comprising of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, cakes and ice cream. We ask visitors to be kind as they endeavour to offer the same friendly and efficient services under a new and challenging working environment.

"We will be keeping everything under constant review and be flexible in the way we operate but we hope our new pre-booking system will reassure visitors it is safe to return to Bolton Abbey."

You can find out more here.