The Castle and gardens are now closed and will reopen from Saturday 27th March 2021.
Your safety is our priority. Please note that we have made some changes to your visit to the castle in line with Government Covid-19 Guidelines and we are working hard to make your visit as easy and memorable as possible. From 14 September, we ask for the contact details of a member of your party in line with track & trace procedures. Details will be retained for 21 days. Masks/face coverings must be worn in the castle. Please use the sanitiser as provided and check our new signage throughout your visit.
The tea room is open Wednesday to Sunday inclusive.
Please book tickets online ahead of your visit here Online Bolton Castle Tickets Visitors who have already booked will be given priority on arrival. This will enable us to monitor visitors’ arrival and limit cash transactions. If you do not have a pre-booked ticket, please be patient if you are asked to wait for as minimum amount of time as possible.
Please enjoy our gardens, with maze and views across the open countryside. We continue with twice daily falconry demonstrations and wild boar feeding and talks, weather permitting. Falconry Experiences or Hawk Walks are postponed this year but vouchers can be purchased for next year.
Acquiring the Good To Go Industry Standard from Visit Britain means that Bolton Castle has followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, has a Risk Assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.
Bolton Castle in Wensleydale provides a huge range of exciting things to do in 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.
If you are travelling to Bolton Castle via the Wensleydale Railway, www.wensleydalerail.com the line ends approx. one mile from the Castle at Redmire and we are offering 20% off ticket price for their passengers.
Castle is open daily from 10am to 5pm from the 15th February – 1st November, (except for wedding dates specified below)
Admission Charges – Castle, Gardens and Grounds:
Family ticket £35
Family ticket £15.00
Please note Gardeners World Magazine 2-for-1 Gardens to Visit card only covers entry to the castle gardens. Anyone wanting to visit the castle as well, will need to pay the difference.
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.
Fascinating guided tours available for groups of 15 or more when booked in advance. Group discount applies. Tours additional £2 per person.
Dogs Must Not Be Left Unattended In Hot Cars.
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.
If you are intending to visit the Castle and Gardens we strongly recommend that you do not bring dogs, unless they can be appropriately looked after during your time here, for their own safety and comfort. We are delighted to recommend the services of professional dog walker and pet sitter, Nicole Walker, who charges £8/hour and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile number 07493051202. Please confirm her availability and book well in advance.
Dogs are welcome in the car parking field and there are numerous footpaths in the local area which are ideal for dog walking. Please keep dogs on the footpaths, under close control and always on leads around livestock.
You are welcome to fill water bowls using the tap adjacent to the public conveniences.
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 be aware that in poor weather conditions the birds may be weathered inside and the falcons may be unable to fly. There will be no Falconry displays in February or March.
Bird of Prey Display (Garden) There will be no Falconry displays in February or March.
Archery Demonstration and children can have a go! (postponed for 2020)
Bird of Prey Display (Garden)
Wild Boar Feeding (Boar Park)
Throughout the day we also have:
Trails, Childrens’ Costumes, Calligraphy, Medieval Games and Traditional Crafts. Check our events calendar for special event days included in the price of entry, with historical reconstructions, displays and more.
* In poor weather conditions the falcons may not be able to fly.