The Site

Located at the northern edge of the Duke of Devonshire's Bolton Abbey Estate in Upper Wharfedale, the whole site is of a very significant historical interest. The ruin of Barden Tower, a former fortified hunting lodge is a grade 1 listed building and by virtue of being part of the curtilege, so is the barn. On the other side of the Tower is the Priests House and the newly renovated Barden Chapel, a fabulous restaurant and function venue, ideal for weddings, medieval nights and other celebrations.

The nearest shops are in Grassington, Skipton or Ilkley all roughly equidistant away. Each town has its own unique atmosphere and are great to wander around. The Tesco store in Skipton will deliver.

The nearest place to drink is Appletreewick with two pubs serving meals. They are only two miles away but we wouldn't recommend walking, especially in the dark. Best to drive and get taxis back.

The site is magical in the dark - and it is street lights spoiling things. With owls hooting and bats fluttering overhead you get a real sense of solitude. We regularly have kestrels residing in the Tower, HouseMartins in the eves of the barn and Oystercatchers patrolling the walls. Some 20 ducks will follow your every move waiting for your spare bread...

See the video below to get an aerial view of the site. The barn is on the opposite side of the Tower to The Priests House

Barden Chapel

Barden Tower

So what are you planning to do during your stay? Within 5 miles of the barn you can:

  • enjoy a fabulous river walk on good paths along the River Wharfe (2 minute walk from the barn) passing the impressive Strid where the river narrows down to several metres, stroll through Strid Wood famous for its many rare lichens and flowers, take in a coffee or ice-cream at the Cavendish Pavilion then stroll back along the other side of the river
  • take on a more challenging walks up Barden Moor or up Barden Fell to Simons Seat or the Valley of Desolation
  • enjoy a great childrens farm at heskethfarmpark
  • have a ride on the embsay to boltonabbey steam railway
  • wander around Bolton Abbey, taking in the priory and the stepping stones or relax at one of the cafes
  • have a meal and a few drinks in the two hostelries in Appletreewick 
  • have afternoon tea at Parcevall Hall, where there are fabulous gardens and an absolutely brilliant short walk around the back up Trollers Gill, a sheer rock face popular with climbers (our favourite stroll) and where legend has it is haunted and is the inspiration for the Hound of the Baskervilles
  • park up at Burnsall and take the delightful river walk to Grassington, a quite lovely Dales town with some excellent pubs and shops. Famous for the music festival in a summer and the Dickensian Festival in December. Get the bus back which will drop you off right outside the barn entrance gate!
  • Visit the Stump Cross caverns


Barden Tower, Barden, Skipton,

North Yorkshire, BD23 6AS

Tel: 01756 720616 or

Steve on 07809 251785

OPEN All Year Round