Bolton Castle

A mediaeval stronghold set in idyllic landscape

Chapter 1: Introduction

Bolton Castle is situated in the beautiful countryside of Wensleydale. It faces south over the dale, commanding far reaching views - an ideal location for a fortress built in around 1399 to withstand Scottish invasions. For six months in 1568 it was used for the honourable detention of Mary, Queen of Scots. It continued in occupation until the Civil War, when it was ‘slighted’ by Parliamentary troops.

The west curtain of Bolton Castle © Tudor Times 2015