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Kirkstall Abbey & Bolton Priory

See two of Yorkshire's wonderful monastic buildings

This is an amazing opportunity to see two of Yorkshire’s finest examples of monastic buildings.

Starting in the outskirts of Leeds we will visit Kirkstall Abbey nestled on the side of the River Wharfe. Once run by Cistercian Monks, we will be able to explore monastic life and the work of the monastery in the community.

We will hear tales of the importance of the monasteries in medieval times and how they accumulated great wealth through their lands, sheep and mineral rights.

Both Kirkstall and Bolton Abbeys fell under the Dissolution of the Monasteries in Yorkshire by Henry VIII, but Bolton Abbey (or properly Prior) was allowed  to keep it’s nave to use as a Parish Church which is still in use today. We will have time to pop in and take a good look around.

Bolton Abbey lies on the River Wharfe and as well as the Abbey ruins there are some great walks around the Bolton Abbey estate for all abilities as well as some fantastic tea rooms.

Depending how brave or energetic you are feeling there are also the famous stepping stones to cross on the way to the Cavendish Pavilion and a stroll along the scenic Strid Wood.

We can be as flexible as you like on this day and if time permits drive along to the picturessque Burnsall or Dales market town of Grassington too.

This really is a cracking day out where you will see and learn so much!

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