When I was touring North Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Dales National Park this summer, researching scenes for the Penn Mysteries, I was lucky enough to discover the medieval gem that is Bolton Castle.
In the heart of Wensleydale Richard II’s Lord Chancellor of England, Sir Richard le Scrope had the castle built between 1379 and 1399. It is in a remarkable state of repair and is still owned by Lord Bolton who is a direct descendant of its founder.
We had a lovely day exploring its battlements, rooms, stores, armoury, dungeon, kitchen and courtyard. Actors provided a medieval play and archers put on a display. Tents surrounded the entrance showing how people lived in medieval England – a joy to the sound, smells and skills of the time.
Before we left the tea rooms provided a truly lovely light meal in ancient surroundings. If you are in the area during the holiday season, I would recommend a visit. The area is absolutely beautiful for hiking or simply touring.
9 thoughts on “Bolton Castle”
Lived close to Bolton Castle and visited many times. You bring lovely memories badk to me with your blogs. Have only been back to England twice since we moved to Colorado. Maybe its time to make another trip.
I’m so glad you told me. There will be more going up. 🙂
When I first saw the picture I thought it might be Ross Castle in Killarney.
I have not been there – I will add it to my list of places to visit.
Thanks for stopping by 🙂
I loved Killarney!
Thanks for popping in on my blog, Valerie, and glad you liked my photo! I live quite near Bolton Castle – and you are right – it is very easy to find beautiful views to take photos of around here! It’s nice to connect with another writer based in Yorkshire, too.
It does have a lovely location, Valerie 🙂
Wow, I just got a moment of deja vu. I helped forge the iron fire rake and fork in the smithy! (https://farouterhebrides.wordpress.com/2014/07/18/bolton-castle-part-ii-blacksmithery/) It’s funny to think that something I worked on is still there as part of the castle. Your picture has much better lighting than mine, though!
That is amazing. I am so glad you shared your link. Happy 2015 🙂