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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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A third of this castle still stands as it did in the middle ages. Fascinating to see where Queen Mary spent her days. The falconry display is a real plus, unless a hawk sits on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 4, 2015
Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 NEW

Traveling from Richmond we realised we would be passing Bolton castle so took a short break there , lovely view interesting place worth a visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 NEW

A third of this castle still stands as it did in the middle ages. Fascinating to see where Queen Mary spent her days. The falconry display is a real plus, unless a hawk sits on your head.It is not for those who dislike been swooped at by birds of prey.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

We visited Castle Bolton after seeing it on the ITV programme "The Dales" presented by Ade Edmondson. For my £8.50, I was treated to a relaxing afternoon where I managed to see a lot of the castle itself plus the archery and birds of prey displays plus the feeding of the Wild Boars. Dependent on your point of view, the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

We visited on a warm and windy day and were very surprised at how much we enjoyed the visit. For an eight pound entry there is plenty to see. The castle in parts is very well preserved and I particularly enjoyed the principle room displays and costumes. The family tree displays were fascinating. Unfortunately, due to the high winds, we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Not expensive to go in and you could spend all day there. Archery displays, falcon displays and watch the wild boar being fed. The Castle is very interesting, some ruins but a lot rebuild and preserved well. Well worth a visit

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Bolton Castle is 600 years old and lots of it remain intact. It has a fascinating History with lots of the rooms intact and much as they were at the original time of use. There is also a fabulous exhibition of birds of prey which takes place twice a day and is excellent, we all loved it and went to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We really enjoyed visiting Bolton Castle, it was part ruin, but a lot of the site was intact. Being able to explore at your own pace was great. The views were amazing. The surrounding lands beautiful. Definitely worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Having seen the outside many times I have never been in so visited today on a glorious warm Sunday in September. Entrance is a mere £8.50 for adults and superb value. The castle seems to go on forever and is only a small section that can be accessed. The interior was exceptionally cold despite the warmth outside, so do wrap... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

does exactly what it says on the tin... big castle ruins to wander round, explore and imagine your Lord Blackadder... think there is some kind of trust so may be an entrance fee or donations

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

One of our favourites from 2 weeks in Yorkshire. This castle was a great afternoon out for us as 2 adults, would be excellent for kids too. Good displays in the rooms, with large parts of the castle to explore, including the ramparts with very far-reaching views. The castle also has an archery display and falconry - we were lucky... More 

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