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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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A massive castle

The castle is visible for miles around and obviously has had an important past. The history of the castle is well explained through a series of information boards located... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We took our 12 year old grandson to the Castle and his first impression was to dwell on the sheer size of the building. A good part of it is derelict and you are walking on open and uneven ground - not so clever for the elderly on a wet day! However, the climb up the spiral staircase to the... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The castle is visible for miles around and obviously has had an important past. The history of the castle is well explained through a series of information boards located throughout the castle. Parts are ruins other areas are watertight and well furnished giving a glimpse of how things used to be. The less glamorous areas are also available to access... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Went to this castle with my son and wife as a wet day destination. The castle it's self is quite and being 5 storeys high has spectacular views of Wensleydale. Outside you have the formal gardens,a bee house with an actual bee colony to see,a low height maze and a bird if prey demonstration. The bonus for us was the... More 

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Shropshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Fabulous castle and wonderful birds of prey! Brilliant day for both my boyfriend and I. A fascinating castle as far more intact than most you will see, which gives you a real sense of what it would have been like to live here with halls and corridors to wonder down. Lovely view from the top of the castle over Wensleydale.... More 

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Northallerton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

A marvelous day out with lots to see and do. Fascinating castle with actual rooms, and good information about each room. Often archery and bird displays and it's possible to have a go at the archery and (sometimes) hold one of the birds. Set in the beautiful scenery of Wensleydale with loads more things to do in the area if... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Interesting castle and like the way they have tried to show what it was like back in the day. Also had some good side attractions such as vey nice gardens including a maze, falconry, archery and wild boar. Has a nice cafe as well

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Newark, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Gardens are beautiful, tour pretty well explained via hand-outs and signage. Cafeteria worth supporting. The tour is self guided with good signage and good handouts - very interesting in that 2/3 of castle destroyed by Cromwell walk through ruins was amazing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

A number of comments herein speak of events and schedule issues at times making entering the castle a bit tricky sometimes as was the case for us. Nevertheless it has a dominant position on the area landscape, one we wanted to inspect from a bit closer. We'd made our way for a slightly frustrated stop here from Muker and Gunnerside... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We intended to stay for a couple of hours but ended up there all day. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves a rather nice lunch in the tea room. The castle is amazing and we liked what is being done there. Do check out the birds of prey they lovely, the display is really well done and informative I wish I had... More 

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Bingley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This castle is an interesting visit, it held Mary Queen of Scots for a while and here bed and jewellery are displayed here. The gardens are pleasant and they have some birds of prey on show also. Worth a visit.

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Additional Information about Bolton Castle

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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