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Bolton Castle

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Nr Leyburn, Leyburn DL8 4ET, England
+44 1969 623981
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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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Nr Leyburn, Leyburn DL8 4ET, England
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Reviewed yesterday

Interesting and atmospheric castle with lots of artifacts around which give a real sense of what the various rooms were used for instead of the empty rooms with a small historical notice found in many castles. Falconry display also very entertaining. Excellent value for the...More

Thank Henry J
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We came to Bolton Castle as a family of 4 yesterday, and found there was a two hour session offered of Knight Training, including courtly manners, dancing, archery, spear drill, and putting on armour. If that doesn’t sound fantastic enough, the man who ran it...More

Thank lizkidd
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Reviewed 2 days ago

From the outside this looks like the perfect castle but inside there isn't much to see, apart from a couple of interesting bedchambers. The castle needs some investment, particularly the cafe, which is dingy.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Looks a large castle from the outside, however step inside and it becomes even bigger. Stepping into the forecourt and looking up - just shows the size of this slightly ruined castle.... if your brave enough you can even climb the stairs to the very...More

Thank mauton
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We came across this on a return from a camping trip - what a find ! firstly there is wild boar right near the car park which are worth a read and look at. we are a family of 4 but its cheaper to buy...More

Thank claireburke
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Jacqueline N, General Manager at Bolton Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review I am so pleased you enjoyed your visit. Please come and visit us again soon.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent most of the day here, unlike may visitors. Check you have both sections of your parking ticket, you get a refund on the parking in the castle. We were warmly welcomed and given an excellent information sheet for the castle. Each room has...More

Thank dancingassassin
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Jacqueline N, General Manager at Bolton Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit and we very much hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great day out, loads to see and do. We returned 2 days later for the hawk walk which was an amazing experience, Luke, the falconer, was fantastic. We would thoroughly recommend visiting.

Thank Sizelandfamily
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Jacqueline N, General Manager at Bolton Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your two visits and Falconry experience. We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Private castle that the young children enjoyed the bird show and nursery. Maze was a lot of fun. Avoid the tea room

Thank Julie C
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Jacqueline N, General Manager at Bolton Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your feedback, I am pleased you enjoyed your visit to Bolton Castle and we hope to see you here again soon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a really lovely place to visit. Gorgeous castle with spectacular views. Gardens are stunning and well maintained. Our children loved hiding in the maze!! Lots of information and history to read. Birds of Prey display was awesome and the guy running it, Luke I...More

Thank Ali P
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Jacqueline N, General Manager at Bolton Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review we are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Proper castle. Tea room. Wild boar. (Er, not actually in the castle...) Friendly staff. And magnificent views. Not for the faint-hearted, with multiple twiddly steps and changes of level, but well worth the attempt.

Thank amberlight9
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Jacqueline N, General Manager at Bolton Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, we are so pleased to hear you had an enjoyable visit and we hope to see you here again soon.

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kezza582
September 27, 2017|
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Response from Rache 2 | Reviewed this property |
I don't think dogs are allowed unfortunately.
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Lynne M
May 31, 2015|
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Response from Katie S | Property representative |
Hello, Thank you for your interest in visiting Bolton Castle with your family. The Castle is a slight walk downhill from the car park however you could drop your mum off at the front door if you wished. The only issue is... More
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opinionated_bucks
April 8, 2015|
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Response from Katie S | Property representative |
Thank you for your enquiry, The roads in the village are public highways and are not privately owned. My understanding is that it would not be illegal to park on them, unless it was causing an obstruction. However the... More
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