Bolton Castle

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Opening Times:

11 February-2 November, daily 10am-:5:30pm.

The Castle will close from 2pm on 4, 11, 18 & 25 June, 16 July, 13 August, 3,10 & 24 September, 29 October 2011.

The Turner Trails bench and panel can be accessed all year round.


Adult: £8.50
Concessions/child: £7.00
Family: £30.00 (includes 2 adults and up to 3 concessions)

Gardens only
Adult: £3
Concessions: £2
Family ticket: £10.00

Access to the Turner Trails bench and panel is free

Venue contact details:

T: 01969 623981
E: [email protected]

Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle, a spectacular medieval fortress, was a major subject for Turner on his Yorkshire tour of 1816 when collecting sketches for a series of watercolours to illustrate 'A General History of the County of York' by Whitaker. 

There are at least twelve sketches in two sketchbooks.  Bolton Castle also appears as a distant landmark in a number of other sketches taken from the west around Aysgarth and the east around Middleham.  In his more considered sketches, Turner had clearly found views which he intended to develop into finished watercolours and no doubt he would have done so had the project been fully completed - sadly Whitaker died before he could complete the work.

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Turner's Viewpoint

Inspired by Bolton Castle's impressive location, Turner made ten small sketches recording the castle and adjoining village from every angle, near and far, and two further larger and more considered sketches of the Castle from the west and the north east. 

The panoramic view from the west (Bolton Castle from the West, 'Yorkshire 4' sketchbook, Tate Gallery, Finberg number CXLVII 17)  remains the same now as when Turner drew it two centuries ago.

Discover The Landscape

The Turner Trails bench and panel are situated outside Bolton Castle on the village green.

Bolton Castle Trails

Download a choice of two walking trails to explore Bolton Castle on either an easy-going 4 mile trail or a 12 mile linear trail from Leyburn for experienced walkers.

Castles in Turner's Yorkshire

Download our themed leaflet and let the walls guide you around more than a dozen of Yorkshire's magnificent castles sketched and painted by Turner.

The Venue


Nr Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4ET

Map reference: SE034918

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Directions to Bolton Castle:

6 miles west of Leyburn just off the A684 Leyburn-Hawes road and signposted from Wensley and Carperby