Bolton Castle

One of the UK’s best-preserved medieval castles, Bolton Castle has witnessed over 600 years of fascinating history

'Luxurious family home as well as a defensive fortress': Bolton Castle

'Luxurious family home as well as a defensive fortress': Bolton Castle

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.

Visitor information

If you want to experience what life was like in the castle during its heyday, don't miss the displays of falconry and archery, or the wild boar at feeding time. The audio-visual guides offer an insight into the castle’s turbulent past - they can be used while walking round the building, while those less mobile can enjoy a virtual tour.

Light lunches and snacks can be had in the magnificent setting of the castle's guest hall. Two walled gardens in front of the castle have been laid out along medieval lines, and there's a maze and a vineyard with beautiful views over Wensleydale.

Venue details

Bolton Castle Bolton Castle, Nr Leyburn North Yorkshire DL8 4ET 01969 623981

Entry details

£6.40 with National Art Pass (standard entry £8.50)

Please visit the Bolton Castle website for full seasonal opening times.