The Tithe Barn – Bolton Abbey

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Bolton Abbey Skipton North Yorkshire BD23 6EX
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About The Tithe Barn – Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey, Skipton
North Yorkshire, BD23 6EX

Built in the 16th century, The Tithe Barn is set within the grounds of the Duke of Devonshire’s majestic Bolton Abbey estate in the Yorkshire Dales. This Grade II* listed building is one of the largest exclusive-use wedding [venues] in the UK. It is the latest in Cripps & Co’s barn restorations.

Inside, the barn’s majestic scale comes into its own. It is lit with uplights on the flagstone floor and fairy lights woven through the beams that support the barn’s elevated ceiling. Huge, medieval chandeliers refract candlelight around the room and colourful Moroccan stools are scattered around the bar.

The barn can accommodate 200 guests for a ceremony and dining, with a further 100 evening guests for dancing, bringing the total capacity to 300.

Ceremonies take place in the main barn, and from Summer 2019 we will also hold outdoor ceremonies on the barn’s terrace with views across the Bolton Abbey Priory ruins and the surrounding landscape. The terrace has large fire pits and plenty of seating, so guests can enjoy the view during post-ceremony drinks.

Feast in style in The Tithe Barn, on food flame-grilled on a huge indoor BBQ and French rotisseries. Our in-house chefs buy the best, cook it simply and serve it generously.

The on-site Tithe Barn team are on hand to help with everything, from the big ideas to the last minute details.

  • 16th century barn on Bolton Abbey estate in Yorkshire Dales

  • Breathtaking views

  • Huge indoor BBQ

  • 300 total capacity

  • Exceptional service from on-site team

  • Late license until 1am

• Stunning setting on the Duke of Devonshire's Bolton Abbey Estate • A secluded barn with a late night license to 1am • We cook our carefully sourced joints of meat on a fabulous rotisserie grill, hand made in France • Weddings from 50 to 200 guests - ceremony, cocktails, dinner & dancing • Cripps & Co have been putting on exceptional weddings since 1990 • Summer and winter weddings

Facilities at The Tithe Barn – Bolton Abbey

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Chapel on Premises
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Outdoor License
Unusual Weddings
Unique Weddings
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
DJ Facilities
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Capacity :
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
150 to 250 guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking

The Tithe Barn – Bolton Abbey Reviews (20)

The most beautiful in England
Venue Service

By Stephanie and jonathan papoulias, on 11 Apr 2019Date of Wedding - 07 Apr 2019

Unfortunately we had to bring our wedding forward a year due to a family illness and the staff at the barn (especially Sharon) were so unbelievably helpful and supportive. We arrange our wedding in just 10 weeks and it was perfect thanks to everyone at the tithe barn. The barn is just beautiful. All of our guest said it was the most beautiful wedding venue they had ever been to!! Can’t say enough how amazing the staff were. The food was wonderful and the view from the barn - oh my!!! Wish we could do it all again!

Sharon, Barn Manager at The Tithe Barn – Bolton Abbey responded to this review on 17/04/2019 12:17:12

Thank you Steph and Jonny for your very kind words. We loved having you here and it really was our pleasure. We're so glad you had a great day and that everyone enjoyed the food. If you ever wish to renew your vows, we'd love to do it all again too! Wishing you all the best for your future together, from everyone at The Tithe Barn.

Beyond our wildest dreams
Venue Service

By Jo & Dan, on 13 Apr 2019Date of Wedding - 06 Apr 2019

The Tithe Barn at Bolton Abbey must be one of the most picturesque spots in the UK. We booked before the barn was finished and on seeing the finished space at our feast night (where we tasted the wedding food) we couldn’t believe how beautiful it was. Covered with candles and fairy lights with a terrace looking over to Bolton Priory church and the river- We couldn’t have wished for more. So many people came over to us on the day and said it was one of the best venues they’d ever seen. And they also loved the food. So delicious! The Tithe Barn team were also incredible. Nothing was a problem to them. And my many many questions were answered speedily every time I messaged them. Thank you so much, Jo and Dan

Louise, Front of House Manager at The Tithe Barn – Bolton Abbey responded to this review on 17/04/2019 12:22:03

Thank you so much for your lovely review Jo and Dan. We're so glad you enjoyed your day with us, we loved having you here for such a fantastic celebration. We hope you have a wonderful future together, wishing you all the best from The Tithe Barn team.

The perfect venue for our special day!
Venue Service

By Lizzie & Sam Hodgson, on 05 Apr 2019Date of Wedding - 30 Mar 2019

If you are looking for a venue for your dream day then honestly look no further! We first discovered The Tithe Barn when the vision for the conversion was just a bunch of concept sketches and there was still a digger inside, but immediately we knew the space was going to be incredible. We watched the progression of the building online and couldn't believe our eyes when we came for the Feast Night (highly recommend doing this as it changed a fair few of our food choices!). The venue was more incredible than we could have possibly hoped for. The build up to our wedding was seamless with the online portal allowing for swift responses from the team. Now to the day... absolutely everything was just simply fantastic. The staff were brilliant (especially Lou) and blended into the background whilst also being on hand immediately if needed. We had so many compliments from our guests about the quality (and quantity) of the food - many saying it was the best wedding food they had ever had. We had a few dietary requirements and these were handled with no issue. We had both our ceremony and reception at the barn and the transition from ceremony set up to reception was flawless - and so quick! Loved seeing the tables get moved on their little trolleys! Lastly - the views were just breathtaking. We were fortunate enough to have great weather all day which allowed us to get pictures at both the front of the barn and on the terrace overlooking the priory. The garden space has been finished to such a high standard and is fabulous for the drinks reception. If you haven't booked The Tithe Barn yet, just do it. There honestly isn't a better place to get married!

Louise, Front of House Manager at The Tithe Barn – Bolton Abbey responded to this review on 09/04/2019 09:56:33

Thank you Lizzie and Sam for your lovely review. We loved having you here and we're so happy to hear you really enjoyed it too! We hope you both have a wonderful future together and do pop in if you're ever in the area! Congratulations again from the Tithe Barn team!

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By Amy and Sam, on 05 Apr 2019Date of Wedding - 22 Feb 2019

Wow....What a venue! We had the most AMAZING wedding day at The Tithe Barn Bolton Abbey on 22nd February 2019. It was beyond anything we could have imagined! The barn, the staff, the food....everything was truly amazing. Since the day, all our guests have raved about the venue and how breathtakingly beautiful it is, and how the food was just out of this world! There is plenty of food and drink at the various stages throughout the day so you don’t need to worry about people going hungry or without a drink in their hand! The staff were brilliant on the lead up - the online portal they use is fantastic and they respond to any questions you have usually within a matter of hours which is great. I cannot recommend this venue enough - I just wish we could do it all over again! Xx

Louise, Front of House Manager at The Tithe Barn – Bolton Abbey responded to this review on 09/04/2019 09:53:39

Thank you so much for your kind words. It was our pleasure to have you here and we are so, so glad you enjoyed it. Wishing you both all the best for your future together and congratulations again from everyone at The Tithe Barn!

An amazing day
Venue Service

By Sophia Stephanides, on 29 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 17 Nov 2018

The Tithe Barn is an absolutely beautiful location for a wedding. We decided to get married here when it was still being renovated and could immediately appreciate how beautiful it was going to be. However, what really sold it to us was the people working there. They were so accommodating and helped us create exactly the day we wanted, giving us a lot of helpful pointers along the way. The day went without a hitch. The food was absolutely incredible and everyone told us it was the best wedding food they had ever had. There was also a lot of it! The people that worked the day were so professional and kept everything so well organised without us even really noticing. It was perfect. I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.

Sharon, Manager Tithe Barn at The Tithe Barn – Bolton Abbey responded to this review on 02/12/2018 16:22:45

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your perfect day. It was our pleasure to be apart of your special day. I will of course pass on your wonderful comments to the Chefs and all of our team. Congratulations and best wishes for the future from all of the team here at the Tithe Barn.

All other venues have met their match....
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By Chris Andrews, on 12 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 03 Nov 2018

What. A. Venue! We had the pleasure of having our wedding at the Tithe Barn last weekend and it'll be a day and a place I'll never forget. Now, I realise your wedding day is going to be the best day of your life, but I think the staff at the Tithe Barn took the best day of my life and amplified it by 100%. Everything about the day was completely perfect and exceeded our expectations in every way possible. The food was incredible - I had several guests pull me to one side and say that they had never had food this good at a wedding. There was plenty of choice on the drinks front and I never had to wait long to order a pint - not bad at a place where there were over 180 people in the evening! The staff were brilliant! A place as amazing as the Tithe Barn would not work without superb people. Sharon and Gillian looked after us on the day and they were absolutely fantastic and are such a credit to Cripps. They ran the day superbly and everything went off without a hitch! They were friendly, approachable and great to deal with all the way throughout. As for the venue itself, WOW! It takes your breath away when you walk in and has a beautiful setting, overlooking Bolton Abbey. This could be the greatest place to get married in Yorkshire! We were even lucky enough to be able to stand on the terrace and watch the firework display from the Abbey, which was a bonus to an already unforgettable day. I really hope more people I know get married here in the future, as I can't wait to come back again!

Sharon, Manager Tithe Barn at The Tithe Barn – Bolton Abbey responded to this review on 02/12/2018 16:22:41

Thank you for your wonderful comments. As a team, our one wish is to create a day that you will both never forget, we are delighted to hear that we exceeded your expectations. I will pass on your wonderful comments regarding your food to our Chefs, along with your thanks to the everyone one else on our team. The fireworks were truly amazing! a wonderful end to an unforgettable day. Congratulations again from all the team here at the Tithe Barn.

Dreams do come true
Venue Service

By Nichola & Sam, on 29 Aug 2018Date of Wedding - 24 Aug 2018

We were the first couple to view the Tithe Barn in its original state untouched and still a farm with big plans from the Cripps group, we knew it was the venue for us. One year later the barn was finished with 4 weeks until our wedding date, we booked in to visit and have our final planning meeting. Gillian the manager met us upon arrival and walked us in... I cried and Gillian cried with me, it blew me away, it is simply stunning and has been restored with such empathy and high quality its a very special building and I can’t recommend anyone to look around enough and see for yourself! Not only is the building amazing the whole process from booking our wedding to the big day has been nothing short of perfection and made so easy with the online account and regular contact, no question is too small. The team at the Tithe Barn are so professional and dedicated to making your day very special. Gillian wow what a lady she is and such a perfectionist her organising and team leading skills are second to none which was handed over to Sharon in the evening and again Sharon was just as fabulous. The food was delicious with everyone having seconds, you need to try the dauphinoise potatoes! We can’t thank everyone at the Tithe Barn enough, our wedding was just perfect, it really was the best day of our lives. Our friends and family are still talking about how beautiful the barn is, we want to do it all again!

Sharon, Manager Tithe Barn at The Tithe Barn – Bolton Abbey responded to this review on 02/12/2018 16:22:34

We are delighted to hear that you had your perfect day. It was our great pleasure to assist you and your family create such wonderful memories. We will of course pass on all of your wonderful comments to all of our team here at the Tithe Barn. Congratulations again and best wishes for the future.

August Wedding 2018
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By Jon and Taryn, on 16 Feb 2019Date of Wedding - 03 Aug 2018

We were the 2nd Wedding at this incredible venue, It was such an amazing day and the staff, food and venue were superb. We could't have asked for more. It really made us, our families and friends all feel very special. Many people have told us it is the best Wedding food they have ever had. The barn looked stunning - even with our minimal decorations. We couldn't have wished for a more spectacular setting. We had an amazing photography team (, who even when the car failed to come, drove the Bride to the Wedding. Their documentary style, natural photography suited us perfectly and kept everyone at ease. Paul and Kelly thank you. The flowers provided by Floral Dance ( were spectacular and the Bride never look more beautiful, thanks to the hair and make up ( We had a great band, Downtown Underground, who kept us all dancing and have a great sound and groove. The sound system in the venue really helped to make them shine. Massive thank you to Gillian and the team. We didn't have to do a single thing on the day and weren't aware of any issues, even though it was only the second Wedding.

Sharon, Barn Manager at The Tithe Barn – Bolton Abbey responded to this review on 09/04/2019 09:59:14

Thank you so much for your lovely words. We are so glad you enjoyed your day with us, it was our pleasure to have you here and thank you for putting your trust in us (being only our second wedding). Congratulations again from all the team and we wish you a lifetime of happiness together.

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