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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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great experience but not cheap!

Three generations of our family had a great few hours here. They have a decent programme of events that mean you could stay all day to get your moneys worth, particularly on a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

drove from York through magnificent countryside in August....stone hedges, blue sky, great roads....green fields and then to chance upon this magnificent relic of yester-year. Stunning views of north Yorkshire are interrupted by the fabulous Bolton Castle ....still owned by the original family who built it....this is the 'real McCoy'...and if you want to get an idea of what it was... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Three generations of our family had a great few hours here. They have a decent programme of events that mean you could stay all day to get your moneys worth, particularly on a nice day when you can enjoy the gardens more. We watched the falconary which was excellent and took part in the archery. There is plenty to explore... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

What can I say? I went just for the bed chamber Mary queen of scots stayed in. It was excellent. The staff was lovely. Didn't have to pay any parking. Gift shop was affordable. I spent hours and hours there just absorbing the history. Beautiful. Was worth the 108 mile drive xxx

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

We had a really lovely day at Bolton Castle! The tour was brilliant & staff were so friendly & chatty. The gardens were beautiful & the children loved the maze. The Falcon display was brilliant! The biggest let down was the price of the restaurant! There wasn't anything child friendly & very over priced! £2 for a bag of crisps?!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Wet day, but worth the visit - you can smell the history of England throughout the castle. Good sized car park, with cost refunded against entry cost into castle.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The breathtaking scenery, Mary Queen of Scots and a well preserved piece of British history. A visit home always ends with a drive to this little gem.

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Standish, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We visited the village of Castle Bolton for the weekend starting the 7th of August and stayed in a lovely cottage named Storey's Cottage. The cottage is a beautiful well appointed with three bedrooms and all the home comforts and is in a picturesque setting just down a small lane off the main street. The village itself is beautiful with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We fell upon this beautiful castle by accident.I do not normally enjoy visiting historical attractions but this was a lovely place to visit, very interesting with a mixture of things to do.Birds of prey on display, pleasant gardens to walk round, gift shop and very nice cafe.Cost for entry was reasonable but offers great value for money.

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

visited Bolton castle today, the itinerary was cancelled due to one member of staff taking ill-so one member of staff does the bird of prey and archery activities with no back up plan-brilliant the kids were gutted.. for a family ticket its £30 then the car park wants £4-£5 off you too-lost for words...£1.50 a can of pop it does... More 

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Ripon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Stunning landscape & location, Bolton Castle towers over Wensleydale. Plenty to keep three generations of family happily amused for half a day during a tour of Yorkshire. Good car park, wild boar herd, gardens and partly ruined castle.

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