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 siege, 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.
We give our visitors a taste of what life was really like during the Castle’s heyday through providing the sights, sounds, smells and experiences of life in the past! Visitors often comment on the incredible atmosphere of the Castle with many of the rooms giving the feeling that their inhabitants had just walked out.
Witness magnificent flying displays from our Hawks and Owls and experience the incredible sight of our falcon stooping to the lure against the spectacular backdrop of the Castle. Experience the excitement of Wild Boar feeding time and learn more about archery in sport, hunting and warfare during our Medieval Archery talks. Visit our Wensleydale sheep and the bees in their hives. (Bees are seasonal so are only likely to be active between May and September.)
10.00 Castle opens
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)
16.30 Last Admission
17.00 Castle Closes
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.
New for 2016
Green Woodworking Workshop
Visit our new medieval workshop with pole lathes and green
Spend an hour walking in the beautiful surrounding countryside with our wonderful Harris Hawk flying to and from your fist. Hawk Walks available at 10am daily and booking is strongly advised to avoid disapointment. £35 for 2 people.
Half Day Falconry Experience
Join our experienced Falconer and spend an incredible morning learning about, looking after and flying these beautiful birds.This is a fantastic opportunity to learn the basics of falconry and will include plenty of time handling and flying the birds.Timings from 9am – approx 1.30pm. Booking Essential. £55 per person (one person per day).
Gift Vouchers are available. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01969 623981 for more information.
|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.