Bolton Castle Near Leyburn

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.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.