Bolton Castle

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Nestled in the picturesque landscapes of North Yorkshire, Bolton Castle stands as a testament to the enduring beauty of medieval architecture and the indomitable spirit of history. Often dubbed one of the best-preserved medieval castles in the country, this majestic fortress has witnessed over 600 years of captivating narratives.

Built originally as a luxurious residence, Bolton Castle carries the imprints of centuries past. Still under the private ownership of Lord Bolton, a direct descendant of its original owner, Sir Richard le Scrope, this castle opens its doors to a captivating array of events during the open season. It’s a haven for families, history enthusiasts, and anyone who revels in the embrace of fresh air and breathtaking vistas.

Exploring Bolton Castle’s Timeless Grandeur

From March 18th to November 2nd, 2023, Bolton Castle, its enchanting gardens, and delightful tea room invite you to embark on a historical voyage. Don’t miss the thrilling falconry displays, a daily spectacle that’s complimentary with your entry ticket. Prices are reasonable, with adult tickets at £12.50, child tickets at £9, and family passes available for £48, granting access to both castle and gardens. To ensure a seamless experience, we encourage visitors to book their tickets in advance through our website or app.

A Glimpse into Bolton Castle’s Past

Bolton Castle is not just a fortress; it’s a lavish family home that stood resolute even through the tumultuous Civil War siege, enduring the scars of Cromwell’s men. Today, it stands in remarkable condition, offering a treasure trove of rooms and features to explore. Among these are the Old Kitchens, Dungeon, Solar, Nursery, Armory, Great Chamber, and the legendary Mary Queen of Scots’ bedroom. Approximately one-third of the castle’s rooms remain fully intact, while the rest beckon visitors to delve deeper into its tumultuous history.

A Journey Back in Time

At Bolton Castle, visitors aren’t merely spectators but time travelers, transported back to the castle’s glory days. The sights, sounds, and even the scents of yesteryears come alive, enveloping you in an immersive experience that evokes the essence of medieval life.

Events to Enrich Your Visit

Immerse yourself in the castle’s captivating ambiance during events that run from 10 am to 5 pm, perfectly synchronized with the castle and garden opening hours. Most events are included in your entry ticket unless specified otherwise. However, on non-event days, please check our website to ensure the castle isn’t closed for private events.

Stay Connected with Bolton Castle

To stay updated with all things Bolton Castle, download our new app, your pocket-sized gateway to the castle’s daily activities and upcoming events. Keep the legacy of this extraordinary castle at your fingertips, and be part of its ever-evolving story.

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Booking in advance is recommended. Castle and gardens adult ticket, £12.50 – for full entry price options visit here.


Bolton Castle, Nr Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4ET
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