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On since 2022

Last update: November 2023

Bolton Castle is a magnificent medieval fortress and wedding venue in Bedale, North Yorkshire, steeped in history and a fantastic atmosphere. The spectacular rooms are licenced for civil ceremonies and receptions where couples can entertain their guests as royalty once did.

Facilities and Capacity

To-be-weds who choose to hold their reception at Bolton Castle have exclusive use of the grounds and can treat it as their own. This venue holds ceremonies in the stunning solar room, south-facing, to get the best sunlight and views. Wedding breakfasts are held in the magnificent Great Chamber, which would have once held grand banquets. There are several options for drinks receptions, including the old rustic kitchen, partially ruined chapel, courtyard, and medieval gardens. Up to 120 loved ones can be present for your ceremony and meal, and up to 240 guests can be hosted for an evening reception. Couples and their guests also have the freedom to explore the castle and grounds, and there are endless photographic opportunities. The falconry display will exhibit majestic owls and hawks, adding a whimsical touch to your celebration. You and your team can arrive at the venue the day before your wedding to prepare for your momentous occasion.

Services Offered

The team at Bolton Castle has a selection of excellent local caterers to choose from, or you are welcome to source your own if you prefer to do so. They will strive to provide a unique and memorable experience for your perfect celebration. The staff can train a beautiful barn owl to deliver your wedding bands for a truly magical affair.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Unusual weddings
Asian wedding
Marquees and tents
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Chapel or temple on-site
Fire ceremony
Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Private catering allowed
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Elephant baraat permitted
Horse baraat permitted
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Reviews for Bolton Castle

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Nina Sent on 12/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

An absolute dream of a wedding venue!

My husband and I were married here yesterday. Everything about getting married at Bolton Castle, from the first viewing right through to the end of the day, was everything we could have dreamed of from our venue! The castle itself has an impeccable character, charm, and history that we (and our guests) were just dazzled by, and they were so ready to work with the personalized ideas that we had for our day. Their flexibility, professionalism, and responsiveness helped to make the planning experience not stressful, but joyful. The day-of coordinators ensured that everything ran smoothly, which meant that myself and my husband could focus on each other and our guests, rather than feeling like we needed to run the show ourselves! We also must acknowledge the owl ringbearer and archery game provided for our day - these were truly special, fun moments that were greatly enjoyed by our guests and ourselves. It was a wonderful place to get married and we can't recommend it enough!
Love, Nina and Cameron
Michelle W. Sent on 25/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Day

From start to finish no words can describe the experience we had working with Bolton Castle. Jacqui and her team do the castle proud. They turned our special day into a magical experience.
Emma M. Sent on 19/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Fabulous & Perfect from start to finish...

Thank you so so much for letting us host our wedding with you at the Castle - such a fabulous venue. Nothing was ever too much trouble and it made organising a big event like that so easy and stress free.

On the day, your team worked tirelessly to ensure everyone was in the right place at the right time and that we had everything that we needed, everyone was patient and not intrusive. Debbie especially was brilliant and her attention to detail with my dress, holding my bouquet etc was really lovely and appreciated

If only we could do it all again 🙂

Emma & Clarke xx
Martha H. Sent on 04/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

A magical venue

We immediately felt Bolton Castle was the right venue for us as soon as we visited. The history and ambience of the castle speak for themselves, and it was a truly magical venue for our day.

The team were extremely responsive, helpful and flexible from our first visit, right up until the days before the wedding. They were very helpful in ironing out any hitches or logistical challenges along the way.

Couldn't recommend highly enough.
Emma W. Sent on 11/09/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Stunning Wedding Venue with Dedicated Team

Bolton Castle is a spectacular wedding venue in the Yorkshire Dales, and we would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a wedding venue. The venue provided us with the flexibility to have the wedding reception exactly as we wanted it, with stunning photos backdrops of the castle and the valley, and our guests enjoyed being able to explore the grounds and the castle. We had food in the Great Room, followed by a live band in the Solar which were amazing spaces to continue the party. The team at Bolton Castle were there to support us every step of the way, and were incredibly supportive - in particular throughout the Covid pandemic.
Anushka V. Sent on 17/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent , Best venue ever

Excellent venue. They are so flexible, very helpful, very accommodating, best venue every. What you get is so worth the money.
Emma P. Sent on 06/09/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Fairytale Wedding

This was a fairytale venue and wedding . We got access to the full venue .The staff were incredible day and night and nothing was too much trouble . All the access to the venue and the communication with the suppliers made our day run seamlessly. I would not hesitate to recommend this venue and it’s staff a million times over . We got exactly what we wanted and I’m genuinely so happy and grateful it was truly magical
Gabrielle Sent on 22/11/2016
5 out of 5 rating

A stunning and magical place for a spectacular day

Our wedding was absolutely spectacular- we could not have asked for anything more, it was truly perfect! The castle, and the surrounding area, is absolutely stunning. It is an idyllic place, straight out of a fairytale. My husband and I love history and had been there before and really enjoyed it, so we were thrilled to see that they are also a wedding venue. Tom let us decorate exactly as we wished, including all the lovely nooks and crannies in the castle that lend themselves so beautifully for decorating. The castle has an alluring, untouched feel about the place, transporting you straight back in time. We had Charlie the owl fly our rings up aisle, and had a ceilidh after our buffet, and it perfectly fit the atmosphere of the castle. We felt like we were partaking in the merrymaking along with the previous generations who had partied there. Like the previous reviewer, so many of our guests have said (and not just to us) that it was the best wedding they had ever been to. We wanted to express our heartfelt thanks to Tom and the whole team for helping us with our many questions along the way and for being there on the day, thank you so much. You were so kind and accommodating, always making us feel welcome. It was so helpful for us to be able to set up our decorations the day before, too. Also thank you to Guy and his team for the scrumptious food! Thank you also to the falconer and for Charlie for bringing our rings, you were amazing! I genuinely feel that what I have written does not do justice to how we feel, the day was simply magical.
Paul Sent on 02/09/2016
5 out of 5 rating

Great value for money

What a wonderful wedding we had at Bolton Castle!
A number of guests said (not just to us) that it was the best wedding they had ever been to.
Many thanks to Elizabeth who judged things perfectly and to Carol, also.
Lyndsey’s display amongst our guests was excellent and we ended up cutting the cake with an engraved longsword. Guy did a superb job with the food.Thanks to his staff, including Paul and Lorna.
After choral music, instead of a fanfare I think we had a more suitable wonderfully subtle piece of music as the processional, with the bride entering the Solar as the drum started.
Altogether it was a perfect setting for our perfect day and incredible value for money.
Thank you so much.
Jonathan Sent on 01/07/2016
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect venue

Just wanted to say a massive thank you for everything you and the team did for our wedding. Anne and I had the best day ever and it was great to enjoy it in the castle. As you said the castle is made for a party. It looks so different all set up for a wedding and our parents later admitted they were a little concerned seeing it bare but it looked fantastic when it has chairs, tables and decorated. Its such a great space to put your own touches to, making every wedding unique. Thanks ever so much helping laying everything out and the castle looked fantastic. We thought it would be the perfect venue with so many children attending and it was lovely to see them all enjoying the maze and grounds. All the guests said they had a special day and loved the venue and we haven't stopped talking about it.
Please feel free to pass on our email details if you need to for couples thinking about using the castle.
Thanks ever so much Tom and your team.
Thanks also for being there for the day, there is so much to worry about, and knowing you would be there on the day helped lessen the worries no end.
Susan Sent on 23/03/2015
5 out of 5 rating

Such a beautiful day

Thank you so much for all your efforts leading up to and on our wedding day!
We had such a beautiful day, and were so pleased we decided to get married at Bolton Castle.
Sally Sent on 23/03/2015
5 out of 5 rating

We couldnt have asked for a better day...perfect!

We wanted to say a huge thank you for all your hard work leading up to and on our wedding day. We couldn't have asked for a better day, it was perfect! You helped the day run as smoothly as it could and couldn't have been more helpful.
Charlie Sent on 23/03/2015
5 out of 5 rating

Huge Thank You

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for all you did to make our wedding such a great day. All your hard work before the day, on the day and afterwards is appreciated by us.
Lucy Sent on 23/03/2015
5 out of 5 rating

The best day we could have imagined.

Thank you so much for all your help with our wedding at the Castle. We had the best day we could have imagined, in such a spectacular venue - we will certainly never forget it! You were so helpful with everything and you were such kind, easygoing hosts!
Sharon Sent on 23/03/2015
5 out of 5 rating

The day was perfect

Thank you so much for all of your help before and on the day of our wedding. The day was perfect and we owe a massive part of that to the beautiful venue that you allowed us to use. So many of our guests commented on the beauty of the Castle ond it's surroundings. Bolton Castle will forever have a special place in our hearts and we cannot thank you enough for everything you both did to help us achieve our perfect day.
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Leyburn DL8 4ET Bedale (North Yorkshire)
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