Saturday Snaps #9 – Ruins of Bolton Abbey

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Bolton Abbey Ruins

Location:  The Ruins of Bolton Abbey located near Skipton North Yorkshire, England

Author: Chris & Heather Boothman (A Brit & A Southerner)

Description: Throughout England you will find a number of castles that are still standing but many of the most intriguing to explore are those that just have fortified ruins left. This image is taken at Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire, probably a spot unknown to many yet an attraction that symbolizes archaic beauty.

The history of these ruins dates back to the 12th Century so that really puts into perspective how old this is. Walking around the grounds of Bolton Abbey is rewarding not only to capture images such as this, but also because of the natural beauty that surrounds this part of Yorkshire.

We have done quite a bit of exploring in this part of Yorkshire and would highly recommend anyone visiting England to take some time and check it out! Haworth, Skipton and Knaresborough are just a couple of other villages and towns in this part of the county that deserve exploring.

If you plan on heading to this part of England, I would highly recommend taking the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway which is a great way to see other parts of Yorkshire and also capture the history of these iconic ruins.

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Chris Boothman
Chris Boothman is the co-founder of A Brit and A Southerner. Born near Manchester, England, Chris moved to USA in 2006 where he soon after met his wife and travel partner in crime, Heather. They have since embarked on an amazing journey of travel as they challenge others to follow in their paths of working full-time but also being able to travel frequently! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Chris at [email protected]


  1. Wow! Even though they are ruins they still look so majestic and imposing. I’m so jealous of the UK and Europe and all the amazing history they have- especially when it comes to places like this!

  2. Looks like a beautiful place to explore on foot – and peaceful, too! I like the lighting in this photo – so soft and illuminated!

    • You know we are talking about England here right Marysia 🙂 You are fortunate when it’s not raining! Definitely a very picturesque part of England though especially if you have any interest in photography and shooting images of archaic ruins.

  3. I love ruined abbeys around the UK! My fave is Tintern Abbey in Wales, because it brings me back really great memories of when I was at school trying my best to learn English. Tintern Abbey was also the title of a poem I loved. Bolton Abbey looks great too!


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