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Bolton Castle

Bedale, North Yorkshire View map Visit website
5.0 out of 5 rating 30 reviews
Starting at £4,500
10 to 120 Guests

About

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:

Exclusive Use
In the Country
Unusual Weddings
Castle
Historic
Landmark
Civil Ceremony Licence
Church
Outdoor License
Unique Weddings

Dining Options:

Seated Meal Facilities
Corkage Option
Allows Private Catering
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:

Car Parking
Helipad
Allows fire ceremony
Confetti Permitted
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    Michelle W. Married on 10/06/2022
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    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.

    Bolton Castle's reply:

    Hi Michelle & Rob
    Thank you very much for your review and lovely comments. It has been our absolute pleasure working for you to make your wedding day special. Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness.
    See you both soon.
    Jacqui
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    Emma W. Married on 28/08/2021
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    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.
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    Martha H. Married on 11/06/2022
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    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.
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    Anushka V. Married on 22/05/2021
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    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.
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    Emma P. Married on 23/07/2019
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    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
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    Gabrielle Married on 05/11/2016
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    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.
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    Paul Married on 06/08/2016
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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!
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    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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    The whole day was a Fairytale

    Thank you so much, Tom and Katie, for all your hard work in helping to make our special day truly perfect. Everyone commented on the spectacular venue, and I know many will be paying the Castle a return visit. The whole day was a fairy tale.
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    Everyone commented on the spectacular surroundings

    We just wanted to say a huge thank you for making the wedding so special. Everyone commented on the spectacular surroundings.

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Free admission to our castle wedding fair. Come and get some inspiration for your wedding.

Date: From 25/09/2022 to 25/09/2022 Schedule 11:30 - 14:30
Place: Leyburn, Bedale, North Yorkshire

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Leyburn DL8 4ET Bedale (North Yorkshire)

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