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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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Must see castle - such good fun

This castle is great to explore. There is so much to see and the view from the roof is brilliant. They also have a falconry display, we watched two owls with their handler it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This castle is great to explore. There is so much to see and the view from the roof is brilliant. They also have a falconry display, we watched two owls with their handler it was such good fun- amazing show. The castle itself is well restored and lots of history. The tearoom has a good selection of food and drinks.... More 

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Northallerton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Enjoyed a great visit here and it is an exceptionally interesting castle to visit. I have not reduced my rating as I considered it unfair but I have to say the tea room is very poor. The quality of the food is not good and the place was untidy. The whole place could do with a good clean and redecoration.... More 

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We went for the event titled "spooky spectacular" but there was nothing spectacular about it! Was like any other day there. There was next to no decorations about, except for one room! Also the trails could have been better...we thought we would be looking for actual pumpkins, but it was just laminated A4 sheets with pics of pumpkins on. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing! Great! It was my first time visiting Europe and I loved to visit Bolton Castle. It´s perfect!!! Imagine a place that you see in movies or books. Amazing!!! And it is real.

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King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely love castles, such a link with our past. Remember going to this one some 20-30 years ago when we think it had only just opened. It's well set up now and this 14th century castle is remarkably well preserved. We shudder to think how much it costs to keep a place like this open. Well done Le Scrope descendants.... More 

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Lucerne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Bolton Castle still have around one third of the rooms survinving and over 3/4 of its walls, meaning you get a real sense of what it may have been like to live here. In addition we had some great "history lessons" from period dressed staff who explained what they were doing in the kitchens, in the courtyard (archery) and in... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really enjoyed this visit. Lots of interesting information and was able to get a real sense of what it was like to live there without being kept separate and cordoned off. Great to see the hawks and owls in close proximity too. Well worth a visit for all ages.

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Hagerman, Idaho, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to the castle and really enjoyed it. I told my daughter all about it, so when we went together with our family we were disappointed when we went and it wad closed for a wedding even the gardens. We checked their web site and nothing was said about being closed for the day. If it had we... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went there for a family wedding and were impressed by the stunning location. The staff at the castle were friendly and helpful but the highlight for us was the entertainment. The medieval musicians and the 'fool' jester kept us amused all day and get full marks for their stamina. All in all a lovely day.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Atmospheric castle, with clear explanations for adults and kids which bring history to life. Lots of steps in spiral staircases, so be prepared for a workout! The falcon display was informative and stunning to watch. Despite the strong winds they were able to show us two birds. Kids will enjoy the maze (cut short so very safe!). We had lunch... More 

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