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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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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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Bolton Castle is in the most beautiful part of the Yorkshire Dales with stunning views over the countryside. It is very well presented for history lovers of all ages, with plenty... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

The castle itself was alright, more to do if you have children, its not very interactive for adults, and most of it is just ruins, but some nice views. The gardens are worth a look, however the price is just far too high, its not worth the money not by a long shot.The tearoom, which is a nice room too... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had a fabulous day during may half term. The castle is very well preserved and there is a lot to explore. My daughter enjoyed the archery display, the dressing up, the crafts and the maze. We did not see the falconry as it started to rain. We took refuge in the coffee shop instead for a warming cup of... More 

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Driffield, England, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Lovely setting with super views, this castle provides an insight into medieval life. Obviously, most of the castle is open to the elements now so anyone looking for an experience on par with Warwick Castle will be disappointed, though there are some covered areas, set out with minimal displays where available. Declan provides an excellent Birds of Prey display and... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Bolton Castle is in the most beautiful part of the Yorkshire Dales with stunning views over the countryside. It is very well presented for history lovers of all ages, with plenty to keep children entertained. There are regular falconry and weaponry displays, lovely gardens and a great café. Not too expensive either at around £30 for a family ticket.

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Risch, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Rather too often, medieval castles and abbeys fell victim to political or religious changes in the country, in particular from 1500 on. Bolton Castle was partly spared, and thus we can enjoy a good inside look into a medieval castle -and the conditions Mary Queen of Scotland lived in the beginning of her eventually fatal irdeal in sister kingdom England.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

A gem in the Yorkshire dales national park. Really well preserved. Lots and lots to look at and do. Really excellent tea room. Staff were superb and the chef very creative.... Thistle and wild garlic soup, fennel shortbread to name a few. We were delighted to stumble across this find and will definitely be back.

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Katie S, Manager at Bolton Castle, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave such wonderful feedback. Our chef will be delighted that you enjoyed his fabulous soup and amazingly unusual fennel shortbread. Great to hear that you found plenty to interest you during your visit and we would love to welcome you back in the future. More 

Stonehouse, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

If you want to get a feel of what life was like in a medieval castle then you will love this place. From the slightly eerie lower rooms around the courtyard to the top of the south west tower five stories up, Bolton Castle is evocative and authentic. The knowledge that you are walking up the same steps as Mary... More 

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Katie S, Manager at Bolton Castle, responded to this review

I am so delighted to hear how you enjoyed your visit and experienced the feeling of historic atmosphere and authenticity which we strive to preserve. The castle has such a wealth of historic happenings we wish to share and it is always wonderful to hear when visitors really feel they are given an idea of how life might have been.... More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We loved this castle it was in stunning scenery and was wonderful to be able to wander around without feeling too roped off. We watched the falconry display and the girl doing it was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable we found it really interesting. There was a school party there at the same time and it was fun to see them... More 

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Katie S, Manager at Bolton Castle, responded to this review

We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us and that you appreciated that you have the freedom to explore at your own pace. Our falconers are all very passionate about their birds and providing amazing displays and so will be very happy to hear that you found the display so interesting. Thank you More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
33 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Bolton Castle sits on a hill looking down onto a wide panorama. The view from the highest accessible point is breath taking. The castle is a combination of ruins and complete rooms, lots and lots of spiral staircases, so not good if you have mobility issues. The information boards in each area and room are very interesting, enabling you to... More 

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Katie S, Manager at Bolton Castle, responded to this review

We really appreciate you taking the time to leave your feedback and it is great to hear that you enjoyed your visit especially the view from the top of the tower which is spectacular in all weathers. The wild boar are always fascinating to watch and we love watching the youngsters growing up and developing their own personalities. We do... More 

Lafayette, Indiana
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

loved walking the castle and grounds on our own. Cute little cafe for tea afterwards. Loved this castle - great parking and great scenery- Highly recommend

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Thank you very much for taking the time to leave your feedback and we are so happy that you enjoyed your visit especially our fantastic views and wonderful tea room. More 

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