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Bolton, Middleham & Richmond Castle

The Castles of Wensleydale and Richmondhsire

This Day out lets you bag three of Yorkshire's finest Castles in a day as well as experiencing the stunning countryside of Wensleydale, Swaledale and Richmondshire.

Our day will start by heading to Middleham Castle, once the childhood home of Richard III. Although roofless, extensive remains of the fortified palace remain. Whilst in Middleham we will be able to see fantastic views over Wensleydale, a replica of the beautiful countryside of Wensleydale and visit an exhibition highlighting the castles history and some of its notable personalities.

From here we will drive along Wensleydale to Bolton Castle.

Bolton Castle is one of the country’s best preserved medieval castles; originally built as one of the finest and most luxurious homes in the land, the castle bears the scars of over 600 years of fascinating history. The castle is still in the private ownership of Lord Bolton, the direct descendant of the castle’s original owner Sir Richard le Scrope.

We will stop for refreshments in the market town of Hawes before ascending over Buttertubs Pass in to Swaledale for a scenic drive down the valley before arriving in the historic town of Richmond.

With its breathtaking views of the Yorkshire Dales, Richmond Castle fully deserves its place as one of the finest tourist attractions in North Yorkshire. The castle was originally built to subdue the unruly North of England it is one of the greatest Norman fortresses in Britain.  

Learn all about the castle’s past in the interactive exhibition before taking a peaceful stroll round the secluded Cockpit Garden. 

The day is really flexible and we can stop at anytime or stay longer at a particular destination if you are interested. There may be limited opening times for the sites at certain times of the year and there will be additional entrance fees for the locations but we can often purchase advance tickets to avoid queues.

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