In 1461 a family feud over who had the right to be king, later to be known as The War of the Roses, had divided England. Thomas, Lord Scrope, owner of Bolton Castle, supported Richard, Duke of York and later his son, Edward, against King Henry V1 of the House of Lancaster. After the death of his father in December 1460 at Wakefield, Edward had himself proclaimed king and marched north in pursuit of the Lancastrian army. The two sides met on March 29th, 1461 at a small village near to York called Towton. On that Palm Sunday, in a blinding blizzard, what is probably the bloodiest battle on British soil took place. Part of Edward’s army was Lord Scrope with a contingent from Bolton Castle. Left behind was a small garrison to guard the castle. Come and talk with our historians to find out what life would have been like for the group left behind. Listen to what the war was truly about and decide who you would have fought for?
You can see the kitchens at work, have a go at archery, handle the weaponry of the period, and enjoy a guided tour of the castle.