Enjoy the Ultimate Medieval Experience in the historic heart of Wensleydale. This magnificent medieval fortress is steeped in history and has something for all the family to enjoy including falconry experience, archery, wild boar and much more. Bolton Castle provides a huge range of exciting things to do in Wensleydale, 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 Historical Buildings, originally built as one of the finest and most luxurious homes in the land.. The castle is still in the private ownership of Lord Bolton, the direct descendant of the castle's original owner Sir Richard le Scrope. Completed in 1399, its scars bear testament to over 600 years of fascinating history including involvement in the Pilgrimage of Grace, Mary Queen of Scots' imprisonment and a Civil War siege. Bolton Castle was a grand family home as well as a defensive fortress and, despite being partially slighted by Cromwells' men during the Civil War siege, is still preserved in outstanding condition with many interesting rooms and features to discover including the Old Kitchens, Dungeon, Solar, Nursery, Armory, Great Chamber and Mary Queen of Scots' bedroom. About one third of the rooms are fully intact and the rest of the Castle is almost completely accessible giving visitors great insight into its turbulent past. We give our visitors a taste of what life was really like during the Castle's heyday through providing the sights, sounds, smells and experiences of life in the past with our wonderful falconry displays, archery demonstrations, wild boar, bees, rare breed sheep and hands on crafts and games. Visitors often comment on the incredible atmosphere of the Castle with many of the rooms giving the feeling that their inhabitants had just walked out. Other highlights include; - Children's costumes, trails, Activity Books and Activity Packs available for younger visitors - Medieval Nursery with games and toys - Beautiful gardens and maze - Tea room serving locally sourced and homemade cakes, snacks and light lunches. - Group tours, packages and special booking rate available (groups over 15 persons) New for 2013 New Owls and Kites We will be welcoming several new birds to our flying team including an enormous Turkmenian Owl and tiny Southern White-Faced Scops owl as well a magnificent Kite who will add a new dimension to our falconry displays. Interpretation We are also introducing several new information boards including a Castle timeline, a family tree and two fantastic illustrations of the Castle showing how it would have looked in 1399 and how it looks today. Opening times 2013: Open daily 10am - 5pm from 16th February until November 3rd 2013 (Open until 6pm during summer holidays) Please note we will close early on the following dates (usually Saturdays) due to weddings. Our last entry will be at 1pm and we will close at 2pm on: 30th March, 13th April, 1st, 8th June, 3rd August Season Tickets: Purchase as season ticket giving you unlimited visits to the Castle, Gardens and Grounds. Tickets available for Castle and Gardens or Gardens only and for individuals, couples and various family groups. Admission Charges Due to increased visitor numbers over the last five seasons we are am very happy to announce we will be reducing our admissions prices by an average of 14% this year. We hope this will enable even more visitors to enjoy a wonderful day out with us. Castle, Gardens and Grounds: Adults: £7.50 Concessions: £6.00 (Over 60s, students and children aged 5-18) Family Ticket: £25 (2 adults and up to 3 concessions which must include at least 1 child) Gardens Only (includes Boar Park, Falconry flying display, birds on weather, bee observation hive children's trail, local rare breed sheep including Wensleydales) Adults: £3.00 Concessions: £2.00 (Over 60s, students and children aged 5-18) Family: £10.00 (2 adults and up to 3 concessions which must include at least 1 child) Season Tickets: Purchase a season ticket giving you unlimited visits to the Castle Gardens and grounds. Tickets available for Adults, Concessions, Couples and different family groups. Please call or email the castle Local Residents Season Tickets New for 2013. Visitors living in the DL8 postcode area now have the fantastic opportunity to pay once and visit for a full year. Please ask at admission desk on arrival. Visitors must provide proof of address to qualify for this offer.