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Bolton Castle

Nr Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 4ET, UK

Iconic Buildings
Old Ruins

About Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle is a stark and imposing medieval fortress at the entrance to Wensleydale, begun by Richard le Scrope in 1378. It was a grand family home as well as a defensive fortress and, despite being partially ‘slighted’ by Cromwell’s’ men during the Civil War siege, is still preserved in outstanding condition with many interesting rooms and features to discover.  The castle is still in the private ownership of Lord Bolton, the direct descendant of the castle’s original owner Sir Richard le Sc


Attractions near Bolton Castle

Aysgarth Falls3.77km from Bolton Castle

Aysgarth Falls was actually a series of three main waterfalls, which the signs referred to them as Upper, Middle, and Lower. The falls are quite spectacular after heavy rainfall as thousands of gallons of water cascade over the series of broad limestone steps, which are divided into three stages: Upper Force, Middle Force and Lower Force. There is a visitors' centre with an exhibition, information, items for sale, a café, toilets and a pay-and-display car park.

The Forbidden Corner7.97km from Bolton Castle

The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies, and surprises created within a four-acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park and the Yorkshire Dales.  You can enjoy a day out with a difference that will challenge and delight children of all ages. Its bespoke themed play park is a new and exciting addition for your little explorers to enjoy.

Middleham Castle10.18km from Bolton Castle

Middleham Castle at Wensleydale in Yorkshire was the childhood home of King Richard III. The castle was built to defend the road from Richmond to Skipton, though some have suggested the original site of the castle was far better to achieve this than the later location. After the death of King Richard III the castle remained in royal hands until it was allowed to go to ruin in the 17th century. Many of the stones from the castle were used in other buildings in the village of Middleham.

Semerwater12.26km from Bolton Castle

Semerwater is the second largest natural lake in North Yorkshire and one of only two natural lakes to be found in the Yorkshire Dales, the other being Malham Tarn. It was one of the iconic location for a picnic with your family and also there are so many other leisure activities in this area.

Wensleydale13.23km from Bolton Castle

Wensleydale Famous for its cheese, historic villages, traditional markets, and crafts. This beautiful valley set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales has plenty to captivate the visitor. The valley is famous for its cheese, with the main commercial production at Hawes. It was a common destination for visitors who like walking on mountains, moorland, dale-sides, and valley bottoms.

Jervaulx Abbey14.81km from Bolton Castle

Jervaulx Abbey is a ruined Cistercian monastery located in a peaceful valley setting in the Vale of Ure, a few miles east of the Yorkshire Dales.  Apart from its historical significance and the beauty of the location, Jervaulx is known for its horticulture; over 180 varieties of wildflower grow in and on the abbey walls. The place name Jervaulx is first attested in 1145, where it appears as Jorvalle. The name is French for 'the Ure valley' and is perhaps a translation of the English 'Ure-dale', 

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North Yorkshire is the largest non-metropolitan county and lieutenancy area in England, covering an area of 8,654 square kilometres . Around 40% of the county is covered by national parks, including most of the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.