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Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle is a spectacular Medieval fortress situated in the heart of Wensleydale. Completed by Sir Richard Le Scrope in 1399 its scars bear testament to more than 600 years of fascinating history making it an ideal venue for educational school visits covering topics from Medieval life to the English Civil War.  The authentic and atmospheric room displays show castle life as it would have been for the different members of the castle community from the archers, cooks and monks to Mary, Queen of Scots and Lord and Lady Scrope.

Schools at Bolton Castle

We are now offering an exciting range of opportunities for schools and youth groups to visit Bolton Castle and  learn more about what castle life was really like for both rich and poor, the fascinating events that took place here and how much things have changed.    Different options for school visits  include Full Activity Days as well as teacher led castle only options. Topics/themes currently offered   include ‘Medieval life’,  ‘Castle defences’, ‘Castle life’, ‘The Tudors’, ‘ The Stuarts’,  ‘Mary, Queen of   Scots’,  ‘Rich and Poor’, ‘The Wars of the Roses’, and the ‘Civil War’.

We will do everything we can to ensure that all Bolton Castle guided tours and activities give your class the best possible learning  experience  by adapting  our tours and activities to address the learning outcomes of your  specific  topic/theme, the age and ability of the group  and any additional  support needs you make us aware of.



Guide Dogs Welcome, On Site Parking


Cater for Educational Groups, Coach Parties Welcome, Conference Facilities, Groups Welcome, Pre visit Available, Risk Assessment Available,


Cafe, Picnic Site, Shop, Toilets,






Covid Review

01969 623981

Opening Hours

10am – 3pm




Bolton-Castle, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4ET

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