Tithe Barn, Bolton Abbey

Tithe Barn, Bolton Abbey
Ray Skelton Ltd
Tithe Barn
Bolton Abbey Estate


Tithe Barn is a popular Grade II listed wedding venue built in the 1500s and set within the majestic Bolton Abbey Estate, in the Yorkshire Dales. Developers Cripps & Co were tasked with restoring the building to its former glory, while family-run businesses Johnsons and Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd teamed up to supply plants and specialist expertise for the surrounding grounds.

The Challenge

The Bolton Abbey Estate is a high profile part of the region, being a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

The renovation of Tithe Barn and its surrounding grounds needed to reflect the estate’s important status and complement its history, cultural significance and unique ambience while enchanting bridal parties and providing a plethora of unique photo opportunities.

The Solution

Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd carried out groundworks such as seeding, turfing and planting work across the site.

Fellow family-run North Yorkshire commercial nursery Johnsons supplied £19,000 worth of product to complete the stunning outdoor scene, creating plenty of high-impact romantic backdrops.

Their carefully chosen selection of plants included:
• 78 trees.
• 13 pleached Quercus Ilex.
• More than 3,000 shrubs.


The Tithe Barn is now a fully functional wedding venue with a 300 person capacity, open kitchen with indoor BBQ and rotisseries all with spectacular views over the Bolton Abbey Priory Ruins.

Colin Simpson, Senior Estimator at Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd, said: “It has been such a privilege for us to be associated with the renovation of Tithe Barn. I can see the beautifully-landscaped gardens and magnificent views being on many wedding photographs for years to come.”

Andrew Barker, Amenity Sales representative for Johnsons, further added: “It is wonderful to be involved in projects where the planting really finishes the project. Hopefully, it will provide a backdrop for some fantastic wedding pictures. As always, it’s been great working with true professional contractors such as the team at Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd.