Bolton Castle near Leyburn, North Yorkshire:          Hurrah - We’re Opening from 29th March!


We’re delighted to confirm that our lovely country gardens surrounding Bolton Castle, near Leyburn, North Yorkshire, will re-open on Monday 29th March.  In line with current Government guidelines, we look forward to welcoming visitors to enjoy our gardens, including our maze, vineyard and superb views across the glorious Wensleydale valley, throughout the Easter holidays and beyond.  We will resume our falconry displays from 12th April in line with Zoo re-opening guidance and, as part of the roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions, the Castle, tea room and shop will re-open from 17th May.   


In the meantime, brush away those cobwebs and stretch those legs.  The Castle makes a superb backdrop to our gorgeous gardens and as spring finally arrives, our visitors can enjoy our burgeoning gardens and superb views.   

We ask visitors to continue to wear masks, practice social distancing and use our hand sanitisers until we are advised otherwise.  If at all possible, please book entry tickets ahead online.  Alternatively, we will provide a tented ticket office within the gardens.  Garden tickets start at just £4.50 per adult.  We look forward to welcoming you back!

We would be grateful if tickets could be booked online ahead of your visit.  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.  

Commanding outstanding views across the Yorkshire Dales, Bolton Castle in Wensleydale boasts one of the most romantic settings in Yorkshire.  Built as a luxurious home by Sir Richard Le Scrope 600 years ago, Bolton Castle is one of the best preserved medieval castles in the country and uniquely remains under the private ownership of Lord Bolton, a direct descendant of Sir Richard.  

The castle also holds a unique position in history as the host of Mary, Queen of Scots, purportedly held here in captivity for the longest time, and who enjoyed some luxury which the Scottish Queen will not have experienced at her previous residence, Carlisle Castle.  Bolton Castle’s many rooms held her and her many servants until her escape with the help of her supporters.  Local history reveals that she was eventually recaptured nearby on a hill which today bears the name Shawl Hill, after her shawl was reportedly found revealing her whereabouts.   

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