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Bolton Castle

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Address: Nr Leyburn, Leyburn DL8 4ET, England
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+44 1969 623981
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Now one of the country’s best preserved medieval castles, Bolton was...

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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Atmospheric, well-interpreted, wonderful views

We went to Bolton Castle on a whim just after setting out on a drive through the dales while staying in Leyburn (at Oaklodge B&B). Bolton Castle is half ruined/half preserved... read more

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For kids this could be a destination but we tend to use for tea shop and facilities on walks. It is all very well done with good food and service and some of the best views in the world. Certainly put on the list of places to do while in the Dales and if you have kids do bring them... More 

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Jacqueline N, General Manager at Bolton Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely comments, I am so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Bolton Castle and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a fantastic day out. Highly recommended for all ages. An amazingly preserved medieval castle with a lovely tea room serving all kinds of refreshments. There's a good gift shop, archery demonstrations, birds of prey flights and wild boar feeding to name but a few activities. If you are in the area this is a not to be missed location.

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Jacqueline N, General Manager at Bolton Castle, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your lovely comments, we are so pleased you had such a good time at Bolton Castle. We look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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A great day out for 3 generations. The bird demonstrations were great and will stay as great memories for ages.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Bolton Castle on a whim just after setting out on a drive through the dales while staying in Leyburn (at Oaklodge B&B). Bolton Castle is half ruined/half preserved. (Mary Queen of Scots was held/imprisoned/stayed here for 6 months, accompanied by many knights, servants and ladies in waiting.) The Great Hall has gone but bedrooms, some living rooms,... More 

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to visit. Lovely cosy tea room with log burning fire. Lots of information regarding the castle, and Birds of Prey display was interesting and informative. Not far from Leyburn.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really disappointed in what was on offer at Bolton Castle, may be it was due to the fact of it being early season. But as the stood to us the price was high for what was there,and a extra charge if you wanted to go into the gardens. But the parking was free the day we arrived.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Other reviews and Wikipedia will tell you about the history of this medieval castle. A great place with a fair bit to see. Was £17.00 for two adults. It's a great place to wander around with children. Although I would imagine a better visit would be had if the rain had stayed away. It gives a great insight into the... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Could be better. They do charge for entry (if you go in the right way but there is no entrance sign) but the place is suffering from laminated sheets of paper sat on windowsills for context and information, also the displays are very neglected.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was such a good find. It doesn't make a great fuss of itself in its publicity but it's such an amazing place. It's a castle in the raw. It's not been tidied up for tourists. You could imagine that the Knights and servants left last year and it's fallen into disrepair a bit.

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Peel, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was largely put off myself by lots of people dressed up to "re-enacting" a previous time. But don't let that put YOU off. Lots to see but we were continually being "hassled" if that is not too strong, by staff wanting to explain each exhibits context. After a short time we fled-lots to see though including a Birds of... More 

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