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Castle Bolton, North Yorkshire, England
Bolton Castle is located in the village of Castle Bolton in Wensleydale inside the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The castle is built as a quadrangle with accommodation along each side and a tower at each corner. The single entrance to the courtyard is through a vaulted passage with a portcullis at each end. The exterior of the castle is in good condition. The interior is mostly an empty shell apart from the west range and south-west tower which are still complete. The castle is a Grade I listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument
The Castle is open to visitors from the beginning of March until the end of October and is available for private hire throughout the year. The castle also caters for weddings, receptions and private events.
The castle was built between 1378 and 1399 by Richard le Scrope, Lord Chancellor. The castle is still owned by the descendants of the Scrope family. In 1569 Mary Queen of Scots was held prisoner for a year before being transferred to Tutbury Castle in Staffordshire. During the Civil War the Scrope family sided with the Royalists. In 1645, Bolton Castle was held under siege by the Parliamentary for six months before surrendering. The castle was partially destroyed, leaving only the west range and south-west tower undamaged.
Bolton Castle was used as the location for a number of television and movie productions including Ivanhoe, Elizabeth, Heartbeat, and All Creatures Great and Small.
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Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
Bowes Castle, Co. Durham
Brough Castle, Cumbria
Middleham Castle, North Yorkshire
Pendragon Castle, Cumbria
Richmond Castle, North Yorkshire