Bolton Castle

A family home built within the walls of a defensive fortress, partially 'slighted' by Cromwell's men during a Civil War siege.

Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4ET

Bolton Castle
Free for members
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Charged parking
  • Facilities for children
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible parking
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

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.

Opening Times


Castle is open daily from 10am to 5pm from around the 26 March – 1 November, (except for wedding dates specified below).

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times


Historic Houses members visit for free.

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

Adults: £12.50
Concessions: £9.00 (Over 60s, students and children aged 5-18)
Family ticket: £48.00 (2 adults and up to 3 concessions which must include at least 1 child)

Gardens only

Adults: £5.00
Concessions: £4.00
Family ticket: £20.00

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.

Find out more.

  • Access statement available
  • Accessible parking
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

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Bolton Castle image credit Gareth Buddo

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