Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway Station

£2500 - £4000 for Venue Hire
Up to 128
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Wednesday Wedding in 2023
A unique wedding location set in an old railway station in the heart of the Dales, surrounded by amazing views, where the bride arrives to her wedding via steam train to deliver her vows.
Pricing & Costs

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You can hire the intimate room for your ceremony (holds up to 50 people) for £1000. For our larger ceremony room/platform ceremony it costs £1500. If you would like to include a steam train in your special day, we charge around £2000, and this includes the ceremony venue and a round trip on the train. If you want to include the larger ceremony room with a steam train then this would cost around £2500
What is included in this pricing:
Exclusive use
Day before set up available
Furniture included
Choice of preferred caterers
Wedding coordinator available on the day

In-house catering
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We have a range of catering options that you can choose from, all can be served on the train! From our popular afternoon teas, breakfast trains and pizza and prosecco- to our locally sourced fish and chip specials and curry express. We also have a range of wedding menus to choose from, as-well as buffets, canapés and nibbles etc. We also have a bespoke service, where you can sit down with our catering manager and create the most perfect menu to celebrate your special day.
What is included in this pricing:
Bespoke menu available
Cutlery included
Table linen included
Minimum numbers apply
Menu tasting included
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
Usual Finish Time

Ceremony & Reception

Wedding Licence
Sound System Available
Confetti Permitted
Fireworks Permitted
Dancefloor Available
Church Within Walking Distance


Exclusive Use
Disabled Access
On-Site Parking
In-House Wedding Coordinator
Marquee Permitted
Outdoor Reception Space

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
In-house Catering
Alcohol Licence
In-House Wine List
Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
Full Description
Bolton Abbey Station is licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies. If you are looking for a truly unique venue with a vintage feel to host your wedding, look no further. We would be happy to show you around and give you a better idea of what we can offer you on your special day. Please email office@ebar.org.uk to arrange an appointment and visit the railway, perhaps try one of our Afternoon Teas!

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Ryan Whitaker
Welcome to Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway, we aim to give customers a special journey back in time. You can take a ride behind one of our vintage steam locomotives and try our dining options. Our trains take you through some of Yorkshire's finest countryside. We will do all we can to make your day extra special, we have a so many First Class dining options that you could include on your special day, and we will work closely with you to create a plan, and make your dreams and visions come true.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 30 and 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Danny and Ruth
Happy couple Married on May
May 2022
The wedding was the best day of my life!
The wedding was the best day of my life! The team the the railway made the planning stage so easy and nothing was too much trouble for them... all of my needs were catered for and I couldn't have asked for a better wedding venue. Thankyou so much for making the day so special, a day we won't forget!
Happy couple Married on July
May 2022
You are all a brilliant team and you Ryan were so
A very big thank you again to all the team at the railway for making the day so special, everyone said it was the best wedding they had been too, so many lovely memories. You are all a brilliant team and you Ryan were so helpful, especially when my daughter's boyfriend was slightly ill! And I know all the party revellers really appreciated late night kebabs.
Wedding: May
May 2022
If I ever get married again, I’m doing it here!!!
What an incredible setting for a wedding! Took place in ticket office, followed by journey on steam train!! Staff couldn’t do enough! If I ever get married again, I’m doing it here!!!
Happy couple Married on January
May 2022
we were made to feel so very welcome and special
We held our marriage ceremony and wedding breakfast at the railway ~ ceremony in the booking office and the reception on the steam train, Beatrice, as we travelled up and down the line. My bridesmaid and I arrived in style via the steam train from Embsay to meet the guests at Bolton Abbey. The train crew were wonderful, there wasn’t a thing they weren’t prepared to do for us to make our day special. Stephen Walker, the station manager, was fantastic both in helping us arrange our day but also ensuring everything went as planned. Sue from Heavenly Teas provided a superb high tea for us all and there was an abundance of beautifully freshly prepared food. Not once were we rushed and we were made to feel so very welcome and special. Words can not describe how amazing and unique our day was, we are just sorry it is over but we have the most amazing memories. We loved every second of our day on the wedding train ~ beautiful food, wonderful people, stunning scenery, spotlessly clean railway station and fantastic steam train. Thank you so very very much.
Location & Contact Details


Bolton Abbey Station, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6AF, England

Travel Notes

We have 2 stations, you will get married at Bolton Abbey Station BD23 6AF.

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Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

We've had many amazing weddings here at Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway, each with their own personal touch. Each wedding we hold is tailored individually to the Bride and Groom's preferences- we'll do all we can to make your day as special as possible.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Our no.1 tip when planning weddings is to make the planning stage as fun as possible! Planning your wedding should be as fun as the day itself!

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

Our favourite personal touch at a wedding was when the bride and groom wanted to include their dog on their special day, so they did! The dog watched them take their vows, enjoyed afternoon tea on the train with them and even got in the photos on the platform!

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Unique, Historic, Beautiful, Countryside, Romantic

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

We have many perfect spots to capture your perfect wedding photo. You can have your photo taken with the amazing steam trains we have on site here. We also have many beautiful carriages- including Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Carriage. Our station platform is also a beautiful place when the camera can capture your special moments.

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?

Elizabeth Mary Deignan (Armitstead) who is an English professional world champion track and road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI Women's WorldTeam Trek–Segafredo gave us the honour of letting us play a part in her special day.

What’s your favourite canapé?

Potato cakes with smoked salmon & cream cheese

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Hot chocolate and donuts!

What is your venue's most unique feature?

We have the pleasure of housing Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Saloon which was built for the London and South Western Railway’s Royal Train in 1885 it was altered to become Queen Victoria’s personal coach in her Golden Jubilee year, 1887. She used it to travel from Waterloo to Gosport from where she journied on the Royal Yacht to the Isle of Wight to Osborne House. Several European heads of state used the coach when making a state visit to Britain. Following Queen Victoria’s death in 1901 it continued in Royal use for several years before being converted to a family saloon and eventually being sold as a body by the Southern Railway in 1930. From then until the 1980’s it was a home for a gamekeeper before being moved to various sites for preservation. Restored by Stately Trains at Embsay in 2017 it is being used on special trains to give passengers a taste of 19th century Royal travel.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

We have developed our business massively over the last few years- introducing Dales Dining to our services which gives customers the chance to fine dine whilst riding on a steam train through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. We have fish and chips special, curry express, afternoon tea and many more! We're proud too have this amazing station on our doorstep and continue to try and keep this piece of history alive for other generations to come and enjoy!

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