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Bolton Castle

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Address: Nr Leyburn, Leyburn DL8 4ET, England
Phone Number: +44 1969 623981
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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.


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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It is said that the Bolton Castle is one of the best preserved castle in North Yorkshire. This was our first visit to Castle Bolton. Well worth the entrance fee and went inside to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is said that the Bolton Castle is one of the best preserved castle in North Yorkshire. This was our first visit to Castle Bolton. Well worth the entrance fee and went inside to explore this old but lovely castle for couple of hours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting visit to Castle Bolton during half term holidays. We walked from the Wheatsheaf Inn in Carperby - the walk starts just down the road on the left. It started well, but was very foggy and rainy and we didn't see the castle until it suddenly rose out of the fog in front of us - weird experience as... More 

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Billingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Each year we visit Bolton castle .we find it haunting ! Over the years it has been improved in such a way that it has kept its essence.the garden and grounds have been improved.the views are amazing!.this year we enjoyed a falcon display and spent time looking at the wild board.!the cafe is worth a visit to the staff were... More 

1 Thank jean w
West Burton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

It was closed but was able to walk around and go thru the gardens. Lovely old church across the road.

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

We visited Bolton Castle on a cold but fine day in late October. With so much of the site open to the elements and so many staircases, getting right the way round would prove extremely challenging for anyone with mobility problems. Many of the rooms were extremely bare and it was hard to imagine what life must have been like... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

One of the best castles around.Well worth the entrance fee. So many rooms are intact so it can even be visited on a wet day. Enough to keep anyone occupied for a couple of hours. There are so many activities, we went at Halloween with children and could have spent 4 hours at least. Great maze outside and a chance... More 

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Leeds, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

Lots to explore in this evocative castle that was well worth the entry fee. Enthusiastic archery presentation but other staff seemed too thin on the ground to provide responses to questions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

A step back in time. You just feel yourself transported back to days of old. See actual rooms still intact in the castle.

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

This was our third visit to Castle Bolton, our grandchildren aged 6 to 12 absolutely love it. There is so much to see and do and the children enjoyed the Halloween quiz and the chance to make things. The archery and falconry displays were great. The views from the ramparts are amazing although the long spiral staircase is not for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

We go every year as part of our annual pilgrimage back to our homeland in the dales. It's always a hit with kids. The castle is part ruin, part intact, but it's over done or been badly rebuilt. No plastic fantastic tat here. Good information signs for those interested in history and lots of things to keep the kids going... More 

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