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Bolton Castle Description

Bolton Castle is an exceptional place in so many ways. The rolling Wensleydale hills provide a stirring background to a proud castle that can be seen for miles around and was clearly built for domination.

We may find that a rather daunting proposition nowadays, but it is a vital part of our history, and the displaying of that history and its progression into the 21st century, in a way that can be fully understood, is what Bolton Castle does so well.

The Castle escapes the trap of becoming a sort of domestic museum and tells it as it was, and now is. Completed in 1399 by Sir Richard le Scrope, Chancellor of England to King Richard II, it is a robust example of the times. Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned here, during the Civil War it was besieged, its ancient stones speak of centuries of wild weather.

About one third of the castle’s rooms are intact, and the remainder are almost completely accessible, providing a window into the turbulent past of this fortress that gradually followed the times into calmer waters. The old kitchens, the dungeon, a Solar, Nursery, Armoury, Great Chamber and Mary, Queen of Scots’s bedchamber all tell their own tales and are furnished in a manner that brings the past alive.

The sights, sounds, smells and artefacts of life from that past are all invoked and visitors speak, sometimes in awe, of their feeling that rooms they enter still bear tangible evidence of very recent occupation by those who have gone before.

Education

School visits find Bolton Castle a wonderful place in which to bring history alive, as they watch the falconry displays, sample the food their long ago ancestors were familiar with, and pick up on the numerous activities that suit their school syllabus. Adaptation is an art for the staff at Bolton, and every care is taken to ensure that history remains credible.

Weddings and Events

The opportunity to make your wedding day even more special is often to be found in historical buildings. Each have their own specialities and at Bolton Castle the Castle’s heir, Tom Orde-Powlett, trains owls to fly wedding rings down the aisle to waiting brides and grooms, though this is, of course, not obligatory, and they do have a host of more traditional wedding customs and wishes which they are well used to satisfying. Further details of weddings at this historic property can be found on their own Website.

The Tea Room

A cornucopia of wonderful tastes and dishes, specialising in seriously indulgent home baking are a feature of the Tea Room, heated by a huge log burner when needs must. If you prefer a little Arcadian privacy they will make up a hamper for you. A wonderful place for parties and special celebrations where Yorkshire hospitality predominates.

The Gardens

In 1260 the writer Albertus Magnus described the plants used in a medieval pleasure garden. They might, he said, ”refresh the sight with the variety of their flowers and . . . cause admiration at their manly forms in those who look at they”. The gardens at Bolton Castle have been renewed and rebuilt bearing those principles in mind, and the results are enchanting.

New for 2014

  • Exciting New Falconry Displays - Our flying displays will become even more spectacular this season as we welcome new birds to our flying team and move our display ground.
  • History to Go App - We will be introducing a new phone app which will allow you to explore the castle at your own pace with images, text, and audio for each room of the Castle as well as an introductory video showing how the castle might have looked when first completed.
  • New Children’s Illustrated Information boards Colourful, educational and interesting new information boards for children will help them learn more about life in a medieval castle.

Opening Times - 2014

  • Open daily 10am – 4pm from 15th February until Friday 4th April 2014. Then open daily 10am-5pm from 5th April until 2nd November 2014
  • Please note we will close early on the following dates (usually Saturdays) due to weddings.Our last entry will be at 1pm and we will close at 2pm on: 26th April and 10th May.

Daily Activities

10.00 Castle opens
10.30 Archery demonstration and Children have a Go! (Courtyard)
11.00 Owl Display (Courtyard)
14.00 Flying Display (Garden)
15.00 Archery Demonstration and Children have a Go! (Courtyard)
16.30 Wild Boar Feeding (Boar Park)
16.30 Last Admission
17.00 Castle Closes

Throughout the day we also have:
Trails, Childrens’ Costumes, Caligraphy, Medieval Games and Traditional Crafts

Season Tickets - 2014

Purchase as season ticket giving you unlimited visits to the Castle, Gardens and Grounds. Tickets available for Castle and Gardens or Gardens only and for individuals, couples and various family groups. Local Residents Season Tickets, visitors living in the DL8 postcode area now have the fantastic opportunity to pay once and visit for a full year. Please ask at admission desk on arrival. Visitors must provide proof of address to qualify for this offer.

Admission Prices - 2014

Adult - £8.50
Child - £7.00 (students and children 5-18)
Seniors - £7.00
Group price - £7.50

Gardens Only
(includes Boar Park, Falconry flying display, birds on weather, bee observation hive children’s trail, local rare breed sheep including Wensleydales)

  • Adults: £3
  • Concessions: £2 (Over 60s’, students and children aged 5-18)
  • Family: £10.00 (2 adults and up to 3 concessions which must include at least 1 child)

Groups welcome (minimum 15 people)

Further information including opening times and prices

Events for Bolton Castle

  • A Spanish Invasion - 18 August 2014 to 22 August 2014
    Learn more about the Spanish Armada
  • A Spanish Invasion - 25 August 2014 to 29 August 2014
    Learn more about the Spanish Armada
  • Spanish Armada Weekend - 30 August 2014 to 31 August 2014
    See website for details
  • Tourney - 13 September 2014
    Medieval wooden sword fighting
  • Medieval Banquet - 26 September 2014
    See website for details
  • Medieval Minstrelsy with Trouvere - 27 September 2014 to 28 September 2014
  • Dracula’s Ghost, Cellar Theatre Company - 17 October 2014
    See website for details
  • Medieval Music and Dance Trouvere - 17 October 2014
    See website for details
  • Medieval Life Weekend - 18 October 2014 to 19 October 2014
    See website for details
  • Railway Medieval Murder Mystery - 25 October 2014
    See website for details
  • Spooky Spectacular! - 27 October 2014 to 31 October 2014
    See website for details
  • Ghost Tour and Spooky Supper - 30 October 2014
    See website for details
  • Halloween Party - 31 October 2014
    See website for details
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Your Reviews of Bolton Castle

Anon (16 August 2006)

I love this castle, it has kept many of its original features. Has a real medieval feel. And special event days are really fun for young and old. I will visit it time and time again.

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Additional Info for Bolton Castle

  • YesGardens
  • YesGroups
  • YesWeddings
  • YesEducation
  • YesRefreshments
  • YesPicnics
  • YesGuides
  • YesMeals Available
  • YesFilming
  • YesGifts
  • YesLive Entertainment
  • YesShop
  • YesCar Parking

Heritage Groups

  • YesHistoric Houses Association

Credit Cards Accepted

  • YesMastercard
  • YesVisa
  • YesSwitch
  • YesJCB

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