Castles

Middleham Castle

Middleham

Ripley Castle

Ripley Castle

Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle

Richmond Castle

Richmond Castle

Skipton Castle

Skipton Castle

Middleham Castle

Middleham Castle

Middleham Castle dates from 1170 and boasts one of the largest keeps in England with twelve foot thick walls and three floors. It was home to Richard III, and many years later passed into the Cunliffe-Lister family in 1889. It is now owned by English Heritage, who run events there during the summer months. Although a castle is now a ruin, is still a spectacular site to visit.

Distance from Swinton Park 9 miles.

www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/middleham-castle

Ripley Castle

Ripley Castle

Ripley Castle has been lived in by the Ingilby family for over 700 years and there is a rich history of intrigue that can be traced back over the centuries. The castle and gardens are open to the public throughout the year.

Distance from Swinton Park 13 miles

www.ripleycastle.co.uk

Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle is one of the best preserved mediaeval castles in the UK and enjoys a fabulous setting, in the heart of Wensleydale. Dating from 1399 by Richard le Scrope (Chancellor of England to Richard II), the castle is still in the ownership of his direct descendants. Mary Queen of Scots was also imprisoned here, and there are many features still intact.

Distance from Swinton Park 16 miles

www.boltoncastle.co.uk

Richmond Castle

Richmond Castle

The market town of Richmond is dominated by the Norman Castle, which was built in 1071 and became the headquarters of a vast Norman estate. The best preserved part is the keep which is 100 ft high, large parts of the castle are not intact but still very impressive.

Distance from Swinton Park 13 miles

www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/richmond-castle

Skipton Castle

Skipton Castle

Skipton Castle is a 900 year old castle that is still fully roofed with an early Tudor courtyard. During the Civil War it was the last Royalist bastion in the North, yielding only after a three year siege. Skipton is an attractive town with the Leeds-Liverpool canal running through it and the Embsay – Bolton Abbey steam railway nearby.

Distance from Swinton Park 40 miles

www.skiptoncastle.co.uk

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