Spectacular castle in Yorkshire offering fun family days out and a truly unique Wedding Venue in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.
Bolton Castle provides a huge range of exciting things to do in Wensleydale, Yorkshire. From family days out to educational trips and historic tours you will find a raft of sights, sounds and smells which bring the castle to life and make for a truly memorable trip.
Bolton Castle is one of the country’s best preserved medieval castles; originally built as one of the finest and most luxurious homes in the land, the castle bears the scars of over 600 years of fascinating history. The castle is still in the private ownership of Lord Bolton, the direct descendant of the castle’s original owner Sir Richard le Scrope.
Notice – Service of Thanksgiving for Lady Bolton
‘Pip’ Philippa Anne Orde-Powlett “Lady Bolton” Died on May 16th, peacefully at home, after a short illness, surrounded by her family, aged 64 years. A much loved wife, mother and grandmother. A private family cremation service will be followed by a Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving for Pip’s Life at Holy Trinity Church Wensley, N Yorks on Thursday 26th May at 2 p.m. Family flowers only please, donations if desired will go to The Repair of Wensley Church Organ (plate in Church) or may be sent c/o Sanderson & Co Funeral Directors, Leyburn Business Park, Harmby Road, Leyburn, N Yorks, DL8 5QA. Enquiries, Tel: 01969 623143. At the family’s request, formal mourning wear need not be worn.
In February, March and October the Castle will close at 4pm (Last entry 3.30)
|11.30||Bird of Prey Display (Garden)|
|13.45||Archery Demonstration and children can have a go! (Courtyard)|
|15.00||Bird of Prey Display (Garden)|
|16.00||Wild Boar Feeding (Boar Park)|
|Throughout the day we also have:|
|Trails, Childrens’ Costumes, Caligraphy, Medieval Games and Traditional Crafts|
|* In poor weather conditions the falcons may not be able to fly.|
|Opening Times & Admission Charges|
Opening Times 2016:
Open daily 10am – 5pm from Saturday 13th February until Sunday 30th October 2016 (except Feb, March & Oct when castle closes at 4pm)
Please note that the castle will be closed on the following Saturdays due to weddings: 19 March, 4, 11 & 18 June, 16 & 23 July, 6 & 27 August, 10, 17 & 24 September. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Season Tickets:Purchase a 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.
Admission Charges:Castle, Gardens and Grounds:
Adults - £8.50
Concessions - £7.00 (Over 60s', students and children aged 5-18)
Family Ticket - £30.00 (2 adults and up to 3 concessions which must include at least 1 child)
(includes Boar Park, Falconry flying display, birds on weather, bee observation hive children's trail, local rare breed sheep including Wensleydales)
Adults - £4.00
Concessions - £3.00 (Over 60s', students and children aged 5-18)
Family Ticket - £12.50 (2 adults and up to 3 concessions which must include at least 1 child)
Group Visits:We offer a discounted rate on admission for groups of 15 people or more as well as an exciting range of group packages and guided tours.
Guided Tours:Fascinating costumed guided tours available for groups of 15 or more when booked in advance. Group discount applies. Tours additional £2 per person.
No Dogs:Please note dogs are not allowed in the Castle and due to the falconry experience we cannot allow dogs in the gardens as they can frighten the birds.
Access:Please be aware that the castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and is not easily accessible for those with reduced mobility as spiral stairs and uneven surfaces exist throughout the building. Please click here to download our full access statement.
Falconry:Please be aware that in poor weather conditions the birds may be weathered inside and the falcons may be unable to fly.