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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 yesterday via mobile

Superb old castle, much in ruins but also some rooms intact, which are presented in historical manner appropriate to the time, helping to interpret how life may have been. Nice garden, with one of the most northerly external vineyards. A few years since we've been...More

Thank Philip H
Reviewed 1 week ago

For such an old family home and fortress (over 600 yrs old) the remains are in quite good condition, with half a dozen rooms quite well preserved thus allowing a taste of the lavish lifestyle of the past. There are a few steep spiral staircases!...More

Thank ferrett55
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I have visited many castles but this one tops them all. We were greeted by friendly staff and a big roaring fire - the rooms of the castle give a real insight into what it must have been like to live here...More

Thank DaisySorbet
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When visiting Bolton Castle you must be prepared to climb stairways, Fortunately there are hand rails available to help. The rooms on the way to the top are interesting and the views when you reach the top are stunning. It is essential therefore that the...More

Thank Kenneth P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Steeped in history which is what brought us here - in a beautiful remote location, worth the lovely drive to get here. Fabulous gardens which we didn't expect - we spent an hour out there before we went inside! The views are amazing. The castle...More

Thank kirkgirl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited on a very wet and windy Wednesday afternoon. Due to the bad weather there were only a handful of people in the castle which added to the atmosphere. The history of the place is well documented and easy to read on boards in all...More

Thank paula z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a great afternoon here, the castle and grounds are interesting. The birds of prey exhibition was great. Good food in the cafe.

Thank susie1968
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful place to visit. Thoroughly enjoyed the castle and the archery a wonderful bonus. The girl running the archery was lovely. A real character and an asset to the castle. She has 10 new fans! Beautiful grounds and the maze was fun. Proper cup of...More

Thank Karen D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great views and interesting building. Some rooms in surprisingly good order. Allow perhaps 2 hours to do castle and gardens. But many of the staff seemed less than enthusiastic. The cafe was pricey and not too inviting either.

Thank Chris S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Free car parking, and £7 entrance fee not too bad, a bit tiring on the feet, plenty of steps to climb, especially 82 steep ones up to top of main tower, views fantastic, very educational for all ages, found cafe very expensive for what it...More

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Lynne M
Hi, I am thinking of visiting here with my son and 82 year old mum. she is ok at walking but not up hills. Is the car park near to the castle or is it a bit of a climb. Thanks.
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
Is it legal to park on the roads in the village of Castle Bolton? I was told that it is a private estate, but this did not seem to backed up by any signage, or info on the internet. Thanks
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