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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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Called in here its a stunning sight to see a little disapointed that its not open till the end of March nice Cafe with a roaring log fire gardens are nothing special could not... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Called in here its a stunning sight to see a little disapointed that its not open till the end of March nice Cafe with a roaring log fire gardens are nothing special could not imagine paying to see them

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots to see and do for adults and children. Nice tea room too. A Pay car park is a bit off putting but entrance was free (in February). Loads of useful and detailed information panels. It could do with a bit of attention to ensure that the information panels do match the room artefacts such as in the weapons area.

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Thank Oliver M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great spot to watch the Dales weather to blow past. Castle is partly ruin and partly habitable. The tea Room is in a large banqueting hall with stone walls, mullioned Windows and wooden beams - all authentic.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Majestic castle on the hill. Freezing cold despite the log burner, but good service, lovely food, a hedge maze in the grounds, beautiful tiles on the floor, lots of wooden pews, tapestries and wrought iron fixings, and interesting historical information.

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The castle is vast: You can see it from miles away! It is astonishingly well-preserved for a Mediaeval building, but only the tea rooms are open during February, which is obviously a lucrative enterprise for the owners. Mind you, an £8.50 entry fee is pretty eye-watering too in my opinion. We didn't want to pay £4 each either to wander... More 

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North York Moors National Park, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The castle setting is stunning. We have visited the castle many times and had a great time. Unfortunately our visits have been spoilt by the freezing temperature in the tea room. Yesterday was the worst. There was a log burner but you could still see your breath. Amazingly it was warmer outside in the cold winter wind.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Even though there was no falconry displays the weekend we visited, our trip was the favourite part of our short break. A fantastic guide with genuine enthusiasm that kept the attention of young and old. The archery was a particular highlight. The castle is a lovely example with many parts still intact. More than worth the entrance fee.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place, really interesting, must visit, got to say the most unwelcoming staff I have come across, it's almost as though they didn't want you to visit.

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Northwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

We visited Bolton Castle a few years ago, a return was overdue. We opted to park in the Country Park and walk to the church & Abbey over the field. We thought the £4 car parking charge was a little high by the facilities in the Cavendish Pavilion are excellent. The church and Abbey are really worth the visit with... More 

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

The castle was not open in January but we enjoyed a short walk round it. Parking was free. It is an impressive place.

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