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Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

The line

The Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway is a heritage railway formed in 1979 and opened in 1981. It runs four miles between the Embsay Station and Bolton Abbey Station and travels through some dramatic Dales scenery. Since then, Bolton Abbey Station has been restored to its original 1800’s style with Victorian and Edwardian carriages, with Platform 1 re-opening in 1998 and Platform 2 and 3 being reinstated at a later date.

Walks and activities

From the Bolton Abbey Station you can enjoy a walk to the priory, set in a spectacular setting. You can also access The Strid Wood, an area of ancient woodland with lots of wonderful wildlife; and The Strid a natural wonder, where the river suddenly narrows forcing the water through at great pressure.

The Railway also has an extensive range of events and experiences throughout the year.

Experience two historic journeys in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales! Skipton Boat Trips and Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway have joined together to create Rail and Sail – a wonderfully nostalgic day out.


Car parking spaces are reserved close to both station buildings for ease of access. There are wheelchair-accessible toilets at both Embsay and Bolton Abbey stations.

More info

Single tickets are available to buy from the booking offices at either station on the day of travel. All other tickets (return tickets) can be purchased online.

There is a helpful FAQ section with details of booking tickets, prices and facilities. There is also a useful section on the food and drink available at each station.