Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle, Leyburn: Hours, Address, Bolton Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Bolton Castle
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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rfrankland6
Lancaster, UK5 contributions
Wonderful demonstrations of Archery and Falconry. The Castle is a magnificent building and the rooms that are habitable are very well displayed with period furnishings . Very warm welcome and excellent cup of tea and a cake. Most beautiful gardens with a brilliant privet hedge maze. Good car parking.
Written August 9, 2022
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Margaret B
2 contributions
Couples
What a hidden gem this is. We live less than an hour away and have never visited before but will now recommend to all of my local friends! Unlike previous reviewers we thought the entrance fee and parking fee were very reasonable. We also had a very delicious and reasonably priced lunch all freshly made. The cake we had was as nice as it looked.
We visited specifically to see Mary Queen of Scots and loved the whole experience. Queen Mary, her maid and Lady Scrope (Scroop!) were engaging and interesting.
We watched the falconry display and the archery demonstration both of which were really well presented and definitely worth going for.
The grounds and surrounding scenery are stunning.
This is a castle that has something for all ages.
Written August 6, 2022
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Thank you for your lovely review, I am so pleased you enjoyed Mary Queen of Scots and we hope to see you again soon.
Written August 8, 2022
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Gary Kitchen
1 contribution
Family
It's worth a visit to see the castle, but the cafe is not up to standard. We ordered a few flat whites, which weren't very warm. The cakes looks very presentable, but are very dry!
I was very confused by the castle's pricing policy. We came with my sister-in- law, and I paid for one adult and two children, but because she paid for her parking, and was paying separately, the man on the till charged us another pound!
Written August 4, 2022
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Thank you for your feedback. All comments are taken seriously and are important to us so we can continue to improve for our visitor experience. We do charge £1 only for parking to help towards the upkeep and maintenance of the outside toilets.
Written August 5, 2022
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Sandra5J5
11 contributions
Couples
Great afternoon at Bolton Castle, we especially enjoyed the falconry display and would have paid the entrance fee just to see that! Luke was brilliant, obviously knew the birds very well and was very entertaining. The tearoom also had some very delicious cakes!
Written August 3, 2022
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Thank you for your lovely review, I am so pleased you enjoyed the cakes and the falconry display. I will pass on your comments to Luke and to the tea room team. Come and see us again soon.
Written August 4, 2022
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Natty by the sea
clacton on sea14 contributions
Family
A good value for money castle with lots to see. My children enjoyed the maze and bird of prey show. A good cafe with selection of teas and coffee and cake
Written July 30, 2022
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Thank you for visiting and for leaving a review. I am so pleased you all enjoyed your visit and we hope to welcome you all back soon.
Written August 1, 2022
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hope1968
Havant, UK130 contributions
Friends
A great place to visit, tea room is great and gift shop is good . The cost is great the history side is brilliant, down side is that there is lot of climbing which make it very difficult. The garden is lay out nicely the birds display is very educated
Written July 30, 2022
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Thank you for your review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your visit and managed to see everything. Please come and see us again.
Written August 1, 2022
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GFC
10 contributions
Family
Absolutely great value for admission, tea room and gift shop items. Plenty of activities and things to keep the kids interested, especially the falconry display with a fantastic lady who ran the show. The place isn’t too big that you get lost or have to miss things out. Would highly recommend
Written July 28, 2022
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Thank you for your lovely review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your visit and I will pass on your comments to Kelly, our falconer. We hope to see you again.
Written August 1, 2022
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chrisnsuzanne
Manchester, UK117 contributions
Nice place to visit with the Castle in the main fully standing. Lots of rooms to explore although it would have been nice to have had just the odd bit of furniture in one or two of the rooms. Sadly didn't see the wild birds of prey display as they weren't flying due to the extremely hot weather (hottest day of the year) but did manage to have a go in the Archery display. Great views from the top of the castle and would definitely recommend climbing up the spiral stairs to see Mary Queen of Scots and Lord Scrope's bedchambers (including furniture) and the continuing on up to the Castle roof.
Written July 28, 2022
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Thank you for visiting and for your feedback, which is very helpful for our future planning. We hope you will return and see the birds flying.
Written August 1, 2022
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Alex W
Oxford, UK14 contributions
Friends
Very easy online booking procedure and easy to find. A fascinating historical site that impresses with the level of access you’re given to the site. Excellent helpful staff who are friendly and knowledgeable especially the lady who did the falconry and archery demonstration. She was brilliant and clearly loves her job. She spent ages talking to the visitors and answering their questions.
Written July 25, 2022
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Thank you for your lovely review, I am so pleased you enjoyed your day with us and I will pass on your lovely comments to Kelly, our falconer. Please come and visit us again.
Written July 26, 2022
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paulfastbikes
Caterham, UK93 contributions
Couples
Rainy day in the Dales decided to go here . Did not disapoint , the castle is part ruins but has a fascinating history. With lots of great artifacts to see . We had a good time walking around the castle the view from the top battlements was superb. I had a go of archery in the court yard , then we had a nice lunch in the tea room , walked the gardens and had fun in the maze . But my favourite bit was the falconers display . Flying past my ears at great speed a falcon. Brilliant! A special mention to the falconer a young lady in glasses who also appeared to do every other job in the castle . Knowledgeable about birds of pray , and a very pleasant disposition, chatting away to all my questions .the castle are lucky to have such a great member of staff . 5 stars
Written July 24, 2022
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Thank you for your lovely review and comments. Kelly is a real asset to the team and I will certainly make sure she receives your feedback. We hope to see you here again, hopefully the sun will be shining next time.
Written July 26, 2022
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