Yorkshire's Great Castles

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.

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  • Bolton Castle, nr. Leyburn

    Bolton Castle, nr. Leyburn

    Enjoy the Ultimate Medieval Experience at Bolton Castle where you will find a raft of sights, sounds and smells which bring the castle to life and make for a truly memorable visit. There is something for everyone to enjoy as you explore our authentic room displays, marvel at our wonderful falconry experience and archery demonstrations, try on children's costumes and have a go at calligraphy and medieval games.

    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 Mary Queen of Scot's imprisonment and a Civil War siege.

    Opening times: Open daily from 13th February to 30th October 2016 from 10 am to 5 pm (4pm February, March & October). Some days castle closed for weddings - please see website.

    Directions: The Castle is 6 miles west of Leyburn just of the A684 and is sign posted from Wensley , Carperby and Redmire.

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  • Raby Castle, Staindrop

    Raby Castle, Staindrop, Darlington

    Raby is one of the most impressive lived in castles in England. Built by the Nevill family, it was the childhood home of Cicely, Rose of Raby, mother of Kings Edward IV and Richard III, scene of the plotting of the Rising of the North and a Parliamentary stronghold during the Civil War. Since 1626 it has been the home of the Vane family. Despite its grand exterior, Raby houses a fabulous art collection and sumptuous interiors. Treasures include an important collection of Meissen porcelain, tapestries, furniture, furnishings and paintings.

    Raby Castle is surrounded by 200 acre Deer Park, with beautiful walled gardens, formal lawns, rose gardens and ornamental pond. The 18th century stable block contains a horse drawn carriage collection, Tearooms and Gift Shop.

    Opening times:
    Easter Weekend: Sat, Sun & Mon.
    May, June and September: Sunday to Wednesday (guided tours Monday to Wednesday).
    July and August: daily except Saturdays.

    Directions: Raby Castle is situated on the A688 West Auckland to Barnard Castle road, 8 miles North East of Barnard Castle. It can be easily reached from the A1(M) and A66.

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  • Ripley Castle, Ripley

    Ripley Castle, Ripley, Harrogate

    Ripley Castle has been home to the Ingilby family for over 700 years. There are fascinating stories to be told about the Castle and its inhabitants. Because it has belonged to the same family for 26 generations, Ripley's colourful and sometimes gruesome history is well documented. If the Castle walls could talk they would tell the story of kings and queens; civil war and plagues; secrets concealed behind the Knight's Chamber panelling; the swashbuckling daughter who held Oliver Cromwell at gunpoint in the library, and numerous clandestine affairs.

    The Walled Gardens contain some of Britain's largest herbaceous borders and in April display the National Hyacinth Collection. The Hothouses contain a fantastic tropical plant collection and the Kitchen Gardens include rare collections of herbs and spices, fruit trees and vegetables. In the pleasure grounds you can take a walk around the lake and into the Deer Park.

    Opening times: Gardens and Parkland daily all year. Castle by guided tour only; daily Easter to September, Weekends only March, October and November. Please see website for seasonal times.

    Directions: The Ripley Castle and Village is situated 3 miles north of Harrogate off the A61, 5 miles west of Knaresborough and 7.7 miles south of Ripon.

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  • Skipton Castle, Skipton

    Skipton Castle, Staindrop, Darlington

    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 with its popular market.

    Events 2016: For up-to-date information and events visit www.skiptoncastle.co.uk.

    Opening times: Open every day from 10am (Sundays from 11am).Last admissions 5pm (October - March 4pm). Closed 23-25 December.

    Directions: Castle entrance gateway at the head of the High Street. Large car and coach park nearby. The Bailey Car Park BD23 1UA.

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