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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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Wonderful Medieval Castle

Visited Castle Bolton during half term week with my two young nephews. As a family we love a good castle and this one didn't disappoint! It's a great example of a well-intact... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited Castle Bolton during half term week with my two young nephews. As a family we love a good castle and this one didn't disappoint! It's a great example of a well-intact medieval castle, with many rooms still open for exploring. As Halloween was approaching there was a special themed activity for kids which involved finding various objects in each... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely historic place we attended a friend's wedding at. The castle is really nice to wander around, the staff were lovely and the wedding event was good. A little chilly at first but once the event got going it was toasty warm!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stunning unpretentious old castle, mainly untouched over time. It sits grandly in Wensleydale with magnificent views of the surrounding coutryside. A great little tea rooms serving lovely lunches/teas and homemade cakes. Try to catch one of the Bird of Prey displays by the very knowledgeable staff. Lots on offer during the open season. A great day out.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

didnt have the best weather for this but still a must see. amazing castle full of history, great falconry show too.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

We walked from Aysgarth Falls on a circular walk besides the castle. The weather beautiful and the castle looked delightful as we approached. An oasis we thought. Wrong. Our dog not allowed anywhere near the castle. Nour benches to sit outside. No water for the dog. Outside toilets not that clean. Teashop dingy and small flies put me off the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

We visited during the last week before the castle closed for the winter, so for example, the falconry display was cut down. I'm sure that better weather would make the castle and gardens look better. It was still very nice though. There is enough to keep a family occupied for a few hours and I would recommend a visit if... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

As avid castle-lovers, we attempted to visit this during a holiday in Wensleydale - it's in a spectacular setting and an impressive castle... from the outside. We'd had to put the dogs back in the car as they're not allowed in or around the castle but this did give us a new opportunity to use the absolutely filthy toilet facilities.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

Hidden away in the Dales is this beautiful privately owned castle. Both the castle and grounds are worth a visit. Lovely herb garden Spectacular views of the Dales from the castle and you must give the maze a go. Nice little gift shop too

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

In the Dales for a short break and called on our way home. Despite a very windy day which meant the falconry display was cancelled there was plenty to see. Castle is great, you get a real feel for how people lived there. We went as a couple but great for families with children too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 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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