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“One of the best castles visits”
Review of Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle
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Bolton Castle Admission Ticket
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Leyburn
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

This has to be one of the best castles to visit in the UK. It’s not the most polished tourist experience you’ll ever get, and the castle and grounds are under constant improvement, but but the castle itself has really good information up around the restored rooms which offer good insights into what you’re seeing. The tea room offers OK food, but nothing too grand (although we weren’t there for afternoon tea, which looked pretty good). The experiences around the castle were the high point though. Every day they do an archery exhibition (which you can join in), and falconry demonstrations. The falconry demonstration we did with Colm was simply exceptional, and without doubt the best I’ve ever seen. Whilst he doesn’t have too many birds (we saw a buzzard, a raven, an eagle owl and a falcon), his knowledge is second-to-none and his enthusiasm was contagious. Certainly worth a stop if you’re passing through Wensleydale.

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Jacqueline N, General Manager at Bolton Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2018

Thank you for your lovely comments, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit so much, I will pass on your comments to Callum too. He really is a valued member of our team. We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

I visited this semi-ruin on a cold grey afternoon, however, it transpired to be a very interesting place, where the Queen of Scots had been a ‘house guest’ aka prisoner.
Some of the interior was sparsely furnished to give an impression of how the rooms would have been occupied and even the empty rooms were still very impressive from an architectural point of view.
There are several levels to explore, with tremendous 360 degree views of the dales beyond, from the top of the castle.
There is a lovely tea room, which also serves Sunday lunches (without needing to pay an entrance fee to the castle), where I had a nice warming latte and the obligatory large slice of cake.
Outdoors there are birds of prey in cages and during our visit there was a falconry display, which was very very interesting. The chap doing the demo was heartfelt in his respect for the birds, which showed in the way they swooped and soared, enjoying their freedom, but knowing that they had to come back.
There was also a time when one could watch the herd of boar being fed, however we visited them later after their feeding time, although they were still digging in the mud for any scraps. There were several cute baby boars too, which made one realise just how large and fierce they eventually become!
There is a maze in the grounds but I did not have time to tackle it for fear of getting lost and being late home.
It was a great day and when you’re from ‘oop North’ the weather need not deter you.

Thank 397Susan789
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Jacqueline N, General Manager at Bolton Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2018

Thank you for your lovely comments, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Castle so much. We have lots of events planned over the rest of the year and we hope you can come and visit again soon.

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Reviewed 30 April 2018

An absolutely amazing place to visit. Although most of the castle is now in ruins you can assess so much of it up to and including the battlements. The garden is planted with a maze along with a rose garden. There was a falconry display in the garden and viewing of the birds afterwards in their cages. At the back of the car park there is a huge area that is inhabited by wild boar. We were lucky enough to be around for their feeding time which was an education and well worth staying around for. There is a lovely cafe with hot and cold food and drinks at very reasonable prices. Highly recommend a visit if in the area.

Thank 492Hilary492
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Jacqueline N, General Manager at Bolton Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2018

Thank you for your lovely comments, we hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 19 April 2018

historic buildings in wonderful setting. Good day out in the dales.
Birds of prey and occasional historic re- enactments.

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Jacqueline N, General Manager at Bolton Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2018

Thank you for your feedback, we are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to Bolton Castle. We hope to see you here again soon.

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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

Great Castle and gardens. On a grey day it kept us occupied, complete with 13 month old child for several hours. We saw another family entering with a pushchair - not the right move! Complete with sling we headed all the way to the roof for stunning views of Wensleydale. Great tea room too, a good breakfast and plenty of high chairs. Only one tiny negative, in the heart of Yorkshire, Irish butter with the toast - get up the road to Hawes and have some local butter!

Thank Nigel B
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Jacqueline N, General Manager at Bolton Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. So pleased you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon.

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