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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
Description: 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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A good picture of 14th century living.

Mary Queen of Sots room plus views over the dales.It was good to have a combined ticket for entrance and car park, with car park being very well situated with only a gentle walk... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Morpeth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Great location. Activities on the day we were there included falconry and wild boar feeding! Views from the castle breath-taking. Ample car parking. Reasonable admission charges too. (Not NT or EH).

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Mary Queen of Sots room plus views over the dales.It was good to have a combined ticket for entrance and car park, with car park being very well situated with only a gentle walk to the castle entrance. As with many old castles you have to be careful walking around some uneven floors. You are given a good map of... More 

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Yeovil, United Kingdom
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I absolutely loved the bird of prey talk and display it was really informative and we even got to hold Raspy the Harris Hawk. The grounds are really lovely and also the castle is great but think signs directing around the castle or something would be good as we got a little confused as to which way to go! Would... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

There is a lot to see here. It's a strange ruin, at one corner it is pretty much totally ruined and at the opposite corner almost untouched, but that opens up a lot of possibilities for telling the story of the castle, which has an interesting history. It's a fascinating place with lots of stairways and rooms to visit, and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

The owners need to improve the car parking facilities as parking can be a problem. Wouldn't want to visit it on a busy day.

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Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Do not worry if the car park machine is not working, as long as you pay to visit the castle or grounds you may park, just give your registration number to reception. A surprising amount of this fine old castle remains intact. Allow 90minutes to explore inside, then visit the gardens. There is a maze but the hedges are only... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We visited the castle during a walk from Muker. On approach the castle seemed a little under advertised and anonymous but I was very pleasantly surprised by the interior of the Castle which proved to be one of the most evocative visits to a medieval castle that I've had. We visited a lot of castles in the Richmond area and... More 

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Arnside, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Visited the castle on our way home from a camping trip. Weather was up and down but behaved itself until we came to leave :-). Great day out and lots to do. We ate lunch in the cafe which was really good, cards accepted which is handy if you're short of cash. You can take your own packed lunch and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Fantastic Value for Seniors with ID. Very well maintained. Coffee shop scrumptious and pleasant staff. The location is stunning and for photographers, the castle is surreal when the sunlight is hitting it.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Didn't go inside as visited last minute at the end of the day so the place was closed. Did however look around the grounds and take in the breath taking views. Very picturesque and quiet. Lovely shame we didn't see inside.

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Additional Information about Bolton Castle

Address: Address: Nr Leyburn, Leyburn DL8 4ET, England
Phone Number: +44 1969 623981
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  Leyburn
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 8 - 8

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