Bolton Castle is a spectacular mediaeval fortress, preserved in outstanding condition and situated in the heart of Wensleydale, inside the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Completed in 1399, its scars bear testament to over 600 years of history, including being besieged during the Civil War in 1645 and Mary, Queen of Scots' imprisonment in 1569. The castle was built by Sir Richard Le Scrope, Lord Chancellor of England and 1st Lord Scrope of Bolton. It has never been sold and remains in the private ownership of Lord Bolton, Sir Richard le Scrope's direct descendant.
The Castle gardens have been restored along medieval lines and are lovingly cared for by our team of volunteers who keep the herb garden, rose garden, walled vineyard, bowling green and maze looking beautiful.
Our tea room serves a range of delicious sandwiches and cakes as well as light lunches.
Full of traditional toys and books for children, accessories for the home and self-indulgent treats, Bolton Castle is the perfect place to find a present. We also stock prints and books by local artists and writers.
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