Our castles provide a real sense of occasion, grandeur and intrigue as you delve into times gone by. A visit will guarantee a fascinating and entertaining day out for all the family, in beautiful locations, with memorable surroundings.
Now one of the country's best preserved medieval castles, Bolton was originally built, by Sir Richard Le Scrope, to rival the finest and most luxurious homes in the land.
Completed in 1399, its scars bear testament to over 600 years of fascinating history including involvement in the Pilgrimage of Grace, Mary Queen of Scot's imprisonment and a Civil War siege. 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 including a spectacular falconry experience (with new kite displays), archery demonstrations, wild boar park, medieval nursery, calligraphy, childrens' costumes, trails and activities as well as beautiful gardens and a maze. New for 2013 Owls, Kites and Rare Breed Cattle.
Reduced admission charges.
Contact - Tel: 01969 623981
Raby Castle was built by the mighty Nevills in the 14th Century, and has been home to Lord Barnard's family since 1626. Uncover history in the well-preserved halls and chambers which house fabulous interiors, art collections and dramatic architecture. The castle's knowledgeable and friendly guides help bring history to life with guided tours on weekdays during May, June and September, or have the freedom to explore for yourself on Sundays and throughout July and August. Visitors can also enjoy the deer park, walled gardens, woodland play area and carriage collection. Part of the stables has been converted into an atmospheric tearoom with an adjoining gift shop. Various events take place throughout the summer. One of England's finest medieval castles and a great day out for the whole family!
Contact - Tel: 01833 660202
Award winning Ripley Castle has been the ancestral home of the Ingilby
family for over 700 years and the history of England is reflected in the history of the Castle and its contents. From Civil War armoury and tales of bravery and loss, to plotting and treason our guided tours are always interesting and entertaining.
Free activity sheets and a small playground will keep the young engaged whilst those who enjoy tranquility can walk around the stunning floral and vegetable walled gardens and parkland. NEW for 2013 are themed tours including special childrens tours and activites during summer holidays, please check our website for details. Visit our friendly quality Tea Room and well stocked Gift Shops or linger in the Boars Head Inn.
Contact - Tel: 01423 770152
Guardian of the Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales for over 900 years, Skipton Castle, once home to the famous Clifford Lords, is one of the best preserved and most complete medieval castles in England. Fully roofed, it is a fascinating and delightful place to explore in any season – from atmospheric Dungeon to the great Watch Tower, from the Chapel to the beautiful Conduit Court – a free self-guiding Tour Sheet is available in 10 languages. You may relax on the peaceful Chapel Terrace with its fine views over the town and woods, and enjoy traditional fare in the Clifford Tea-rooms. The Castle stands at the head of the bustling High Street of this lively unspoilt town.
Contact - Tel: 01756 792442
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