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Bolton Castle

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Address: Nr Leyburn, Leyburn DL8 4ET, England
Phone Number: +44 1969 623981
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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Bolton Castle

It was closed for a wedding, but what a setting. The grounds and views are beautiful :-) another visit needed :-)

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It was closed for a wedding, but what a setting. The grounds and views are beautiful :-) another visit needed :-)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Part of our walk in the area, castle is impressive from outside. Unfortunately there was a wedding the day we visited so we could not go inside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed our visit to Bolton Castle and it was fascinating to learn of it's history, in particular it's connection with Mary Queen of Scots. Much of the castle is intact and undercover, so can be a bad weather option, although there are gardens/ grounds to enjoy, plus twice daily birds of prey displays (11:30 and 15:00) and an... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited in July and had a lovely day here. Climbing some of the stairs is not for the faint hearted but it is a very interesting place to visit and we would certainly visit again if we were in the area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A fabulous experience, with various informative re-enactments going on, which really gave an insight as to what it would have been like in olden days. The views from the battlements were stunning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you have been to Pembroke , Bolton Castle is at least on a par with it. Its location near the lovely village of Redmire is second to none and although when we went, the weather was a little cloudy, it was a great venue and well worth the entrance fee (£7) for pensioners. Bolton Castle has been renovated in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a rainy day when we visited Bolton Castle, but it didn't dampen our spirts. The castle is stunning and we loved looking round.

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to visit a proper castle without being hounded and told what you can and cannot do this is the one for you. You get a real feel of how life must have been in days gone by and the views from the uppermost levels (on the roof) are fantastic. Treat yourself to a bit of lunch whilst... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely setting and very peaceful cheap enough to go round the castle but very expensive in the cafe ,I thought the entrance was a little difficult if you had trouble with stairs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of three castles in the area, Middleham and Richmond being the others. But Castle Bolton is the castle of the three in our opinion. What this castle has by the bucket load is not only a part of British history but also the sense and feeling of a visiting a castle. Yes, it may smell damp in parts and... More 

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