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

    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, archery demonstrations, wild boar park, medieval nursery, calligraphy, childrens' costumes, trails and activities as well as beautiful gardens and a maze. New for 2014 New falconry displays, children’s room boards and History to go App.

    Contact - Tel: 01969 623981

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  • Raby Castle, Staindrop, Darlington

    Raby Castle, Staindrop, Darlington

    Uncover history at Raby Castle. Built by the mighty Nevills in the 14th Century, and home to Lord Barnard’s family since 1626, you’ll be fascinated as knowledgeable and friendly guides help bring history to life with guided tours of the halls and chambers which house fabulous interiors, art collections and dramatic architecture. You can take a guided tour on weekdays during May, June and September, or have the freedom to explore for yourself on Sundays and throughout July & August. Outdoors, enjoy a stroll and spot wildlife in the deer park, relax in the walled gardens, discover the Carriage Collection or explore the Woodland Play Area. A visit to the Tearoom and a browse around the gift shop all combine for a memorable day out.

    Contact - Tel: 01833 660202

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  • Ripley Castle, Ripley, Harrogate

    Ripley Castle, Ripley, Harrogate

    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 play area will keep the young engaged whilst those who enjoy tranquillity can walk around the stunning floral and vegetable walled gardens and parkland.

    NEW for 2014 are themed tours especially for families and fun packed activities during holiday please check our website for details. Visit our friendly quality Tea Room and well stocked Gift Shop or linger in the Boars Head Inn.

    Contact - Tel: 01423 770152

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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 2014: For up-to-date information see our website below.

    Contact - Tel: 01756 792442

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