Bolton Castle | Day Out With The Kids

Bolton Castle

Leyburn, North Yorkshire, England

  • Outside view of Bolton Castle in Leyburn
  • People in costumes at Bolton Castle in Leyburn

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Ages: all ages

Venue type: Indoor and Outdoor

Bolton Castle is superb medieval fortress with a packed programme of daily events and activities indoors and out, great for a family day trip!

Family entertainments include archery demonstrations where kids can have a go, Birds of Prey Displays and tours of the castle guided by costumed characters (groups only)! Plus visit the Wild Boar Park and watch the hungry piggies be fed, check out the bee observation hive and see the local rare breed sheep including Wensleydales.You will find a wealth of sights, sounds and smells which bring the castle and it's history to life!

Throughout every day there are also Trails, Period Dress Up, Calligraphy, Medieval Games and Traditional Crafts! Bolton Castle is one of the country's best preserved medieval castles and bears the scars of over 600 years of quite fascinating history but as such it should be noted that it's not easily accessible for those with reduced mobility as spiral stairs and loads of uneven surfaces exist throughout the building so be careful with small and wobbly ones.

You can also visit their new garden with bright displays of flowering plants traditionally associated with the virgin Mary such as (in fond botanical terms) her slippers, thimble, teardrops and her nightcap. Plus explore the fragrant Herb and Rose Gardens, lose dad in the Vineyard and lose everyone else in the privet Maze!


  • Restaurant Restaurant Onsite
  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Baby Baby Changing Available
  • Parking Parking Available On-site

Getting There and Contact Information


Castle End, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4ET, England


Click here to visit Bolton Castle's website
01969 623981

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Saturday 13th February until Sunday 30th October 2016

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00 (except Feb, March & Oct when castle closes at 16:00)

Please note that the castle will be closed on some Saturdays for weddings.


Adults: £8.50

Concessions (Over 60s', students and children aged 5-18): £7.00

Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 concessions which must include at least 1 child): £30.00

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