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Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle is one of the best preserved medieval castles in the country and dominates Wensleydale with its commanding presence. The castle was built by Sir Richard le Scrope who was Lord Chancellor of England during the reign of Richard II, and is still owned by a direct descendent Lord Bolton. Construction of the castle began in 1378 and took around 18 years to build. It was designed as a fortified residence rather than being simply a military base. The castle’s most famous resident was Mary Queen of Scots who was held in custody there in 1568.

Bolton Castle now provides a great day out where you can gain a real insight into life in the Medieval period. In addition to looking around the Castle, there are falconry displays, a chance to try archery and it even provides a spectacular wedding venue.

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