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“Game of thrones”
Review of Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle
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Private Group Yorkshire Dales Day Trip from York
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Leyburn
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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“Game of thrones”
Reviewed 28 August 2014

Sounds like it could belong in Game Of Thrones.
Very imposing looking castle.
Well preserved.
Lovely gardens with owls, kestrels etc.....
Boars kept up near the car park. My son (2years old) loved these and we managed to be there as they we being fed which was cool - I think it was part of a tour but not sure.
The landscape around is absolutely beautiful, peaceful and green.
You get to hear some musicians inside the castle - singing olde world medieval tunes.
A lot of the castle is fairly accessible so u can spend a good amount of time there - would recommend it you're disabled or can't do stairs tho.
Restaurant was a bit pricey for what it is. There is a kids play corner in the restaurant bit tho, so we forgave them for the pricey jacket potatoes as we got to eat them in peace!
There is also a cool tree carving of a dragon on the approach to the castle which you must stop to see. Safely mind, the road is tight.
Overall very good. We've been twice and would happily go again.

Visited August 2014
1 Thank Katherine R
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Evesham, England, United Kingdom
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“Spiritual home”
Reviewed 28 August 2014

I love this place. Lost count at how many times we have visited but as we drive towards her she calls me and I can't resist. I must admit I love it better out of season as I am seduced by the wildness of the countryside but we called in on my birthday in August and it was wonderful to see so many families and children excited to explore the castle. These are the future of such precious places and the owners are constantly diversifying the agenda to keep everyone interested. Please take time to watch the falconry displays but it is important for children to respectfully be kept under control, screaming is really not acceptable around these glorious creatures. I will never pass by and not drop in. Don't miss the tea rooms either

Visited August 2014
1 Thank Charlotte B
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Northwood, UK
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“Worth a Stop”
Reviewed 27 August 2014

Bolton Castle is one of the best preserved castle in the country.
As such it is worth a visit but be aware that there is a fairly limited number of things to see within the castle. There are plenty of important historical connections here, including the fact that Mary Queen of Scots was incarcerated at Bolton Castle.

Visited August 2014
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“Basic but good”
Reviewed 27 August 2014

The activities were good and time slots spaced out just right. A good insight into medieval life but not to 'fancy'.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Beverley T
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Oakham, United Kingdom
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“Picturesque ruins and even a dragon”
Reviewed 27 August 2014

We hiked through the castle grounds on our way to Askrigg along the ridge, but stopping at Castle Bolton was a highlight of the day as we loved the ruins and the dragon (complete with leg sticking out of its toothy mouth) carved recently out of a tree near the road going up towards the castle.

Visited August 2014
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