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One of the UK’s best-preserved medieval castles, Bolton Castle has witnessed over 600 years of fascinating history
Richard II’s Lord Chancellor, Sir Richard le Scrope, built Bolton Castle at the end of the 14th century, and it is still owned by his descendants. It was intended as a luxurious family home as well as a defensive fortress, and has been preserved in excellent condition.
About one third of the rooms are fully intact and the rest of the Castle is almost completely accessible. The atmospheric room displays show castle life as it would have been for the different members of the castle community, from the archers, cooks and monks to Mary, Queen of Scots (who stayed there for six months) and Lord and Lady Scrope.
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