Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle
Near Leyburn, North Yorkshire

Average time spent – 2-3+ hours.

Things to do at Bolton Castle review – Bolton castle is one of the best-preserved privately owned medieval fortresses in Britain. It was originally built in the 15th Century. It’s not without its scars to its history and part of the castle is intact whereas others are a ruin. The ruins were mostly caused when it was besieged by Parliamentarian forces during the English civil war. A lot of this history is shown in the more ruined parts of the castle today through exhibits.

There is a lot of floors and rooms to explore at Bolton castle. There are 5 floors in total starting with workshops, guardrooms, wine cellars and more. Walking around a lot of these rooms feels like you are stepping back in time. The first floor is the same level as the courtyard where you can see archery demonstrations, a guest hall and more. On the second floor, there is an old chapel room, nursery (where kids can dress up) and a couple of other rooms. The third and fourth floors contain rooms in the surviving tower where royalty once stayed. Make sure you pick up a leaflet so that you can follow their recommended route.

Other demonstrations include a bird of prey display, archery and feeding of wild boar. You may even get the chance to have a go at archery during the demonstration. There is a small garden to look around which includes a mini maze which children will love. You can also book on a half-day falconry experience for an additional cost. There are a lot of public footpaths around Bolton castle and it’s a perfect spot to also include a walk in your day out. You could even walk to Aysgarth Falls and back which will take around 1 hour 15 there and the same back.

Eating – There is a cafe within the castle selling hot and cold food and drinks.

Facilities in brief – Castle with many different floors and rooms to explore. Gardens with a mini maze. Daily demonstrations and a good starting point for walks around the local area. There are toilets on-site, a cafe and a shop.

Entry price – *Mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range – Between £8 to £12 per adult. Children are cheaper. Children activity packs for the castle are available at £6.95. Parking is £2.50 but that is refunded if you visit the castle.

Opening: The castle is open daily from early April until early November except for certain dates when they are shut for weddings. Don’t make the same mistake we did and try to visit on a day when they were shut for a wedding. We made sure we could return later in the year though. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.

Information on accessibility

Address: Nr Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 4ET, North Yorkshire, England. Phone: 01969 623981

Category – Castle. Mostly indoors, suitable for all ages.

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