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Bolton Castle

Nr Leyburn, Leyburn DL8 4ET, England
+44 1969 623981
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Now one of the country’s best preserved medieval castles, Bolton was originally built, by Sir Richard Le Scrope, to rival the finest and most luxurious homes in the land. Completed in 1399, its scars bear testament to over 600 years of fascinating history including involvement in the Pilgrimage of Grace, Mary Queen of Scot’s imprisonment and a Civil War siege. Bolton Castle was a luxurious family home as well as a defensive fortress and, despite being partially ‘slighted’ by Cromwell’s’ men during the Civil War, the Castle is preserved in outstanding condition with many interesting rooms and features to discover including the Old Kitchens, Dungeon, Solar, Nursery, Armory, Great Chamber and Mary Queen of Scots’ bedroom. About one third of the rooms are fully intact and the rest of the Castle is almost completely accessible giving visitors great insight into its turbulent past. You will find a raft of sights, sounds and smells which bring the castle to life and make for a truly memorable visit. There is something for everyone to enjoy as you discover what life was really like during the Castle’s heyday through our authentic room displays, wonderful falconry experience, archery demonstrations, children’s trails and costumes and hands on medieval games and activities. Daily Activities 11.30: Bird of Prey Display 13.45: Archery Display 15.00: Bird of Prey Display 16.00: Wild Boar Feeding Time Tea Room Situated in the beautiful and atmospheric Guest Hall, our tea room serves a selection of homemade and locally produced hot meals, soups, sandwiches, snacks and freshly baked cakes. Afternoon tea is served from 2.30pm and our Yorkshire Tapas board is always a popular choice with visitors. Experience a friendly welcome and excellent service in the castle’s impressive Guest Hall, where visitors have enjoyed hospitality for over six hundred years. Gardens The Castle gardens have been restored along medieval lines and include a well-stocked herb garden, rose garden, walled vineyard, bowling green and maze as well as the birds of prey on their weathering ground and our bee observation hive (seasonal). Children will love finding the centre of the maze or trying our Garden activity trails.
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Nr Leyburn, Leyburn DL8 4ET, England
+44 1969 623981
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had an enjoyable visit to the castle. The high point was the excellent bird of prey session outside, which alone justified the steep entrance fee. The gardens are lovely, my children liked the maze. The archery display was very good too. The tearoom lived...More

Thank oliveharvesy
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Combined this with a short visit to nearby Middleham Castle (English Heritage) which made a good combination. Ploughman's lunch and burgers in the tea room here were great but the pot if tea was tiny, only two small cups worth. Castle itself and history were...More

Thank MidlandsFourOnTour
Reviewed 5 days ago

Bolton Castle in one of those attractions to see, we arrived having confused it with Bolton Abbey, but nevertheless the day was worthwhile. it had dried up after few showers giving a better glimpse of surrounding area. Castle life is historically displayed as in the...More

Thank Foodie_592014
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I walked to Bolton Castle from the station at Redmire with our dogs on Tuesday 11th July 2017. We were looking forward to some refreshment on our walk and went into the cafe in the castle. The two teas, scone and date...More

Thank dirvine1201
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent an enjoyable weekend at the Bolton Castle for the North of England Curlew Festival, very friendly and welcoming people; if you've never been there we can definitely recommend it!

Thank 123SIMPSON
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great day here, from bread making to archery, to birds of pray, all included in the price. No baby change in gents . Restaurant was manic but food good

Thank RolandRatty
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous set up at Bolton Castle and gardens (exception being the ordering system in the cafe....we waited 20 mins in a queue to order!) the castle though is amazing. The day we went there were people dressed up as medieval servants who all had excellent...More

Thank Judithedinburgh
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was staying close by and decided to come here. What a wonder, satisfying and extremely great value for money it was. First of all is the castle walk round itself. Then a little talk and go on Archery. Then a bite to eat in...More

Thank John J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived just as the rain stopped and the sun came out. You need to be able to climb steps as there are lots of them. Tickets are cheap. Around £8 each. bought from the gift shop. There is plenty to look at including the...More

Thank greatbossman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fabulous mostly medieval castle that dominates the landscape for miles around. There are so many rooms and so much history to take in - especially Mary , Queen of Scots' bedroom. There are lots of winding staircases and the views from the mullioned windows and...More

Thank Thomas Adam C
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Lynne M
1 June 2015|
Response from Katie S | Property representative |
Hello, Thank you for your interest in visiting Bolton Castle with your family. The Castle is a slight walk downhill from the car park however you could drop your mum off at the front door if you wished. The only issue is... More
8 April 2015|
Response from Katie S | Property representative |
Thank you for your enquiry, The roads in the village are public highways and are not privately owned. My understanding is that it would not be illegal to park on them, unless it was causing an obstruction. However the... More