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Bolsover Castle, Bolsover

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#3 of 70 in Sightseeing in Derbyshire
Castle Tourist Spot
Bolsover Castle occupies the hilltop site of a medieval fortress. The wealthy Sir Charles Cavendish bought the old fortress in 1612 and set about building the "Little Castle." His son, William Cavendish, inherited and completed the project. You can explore the luxurious result. Admire the exquisitely carved fireplaces, lavish furniture, richly colored murals, and painted ceilings. Investigate the nooks and crannies of the castle and make sure you visit the indoor Riding House, which dates back to the 1630s. Inside the Riding House is an interactive exhibition outlining the history of Bolsover Castle, including information about a banquet held there for the king and queen in 1634. Pick up an audio tour headset (there are versions for children and adults) for more information to guide you through the site. The cafe serves hot and cold meals, but you are welcome to bring a picnic along. Outside you can unwind by the gentle fountain in the walled garden, or venture further from the castle, where there is ample room to run and play. Plan to visit Bolsover Castle and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Bolsover attractions using our Bolsover trip generator.
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  • Architectural site : Very interesting, we hadn't anticipated staying long but we donned our rain coats, ended up staying a couple of hours, and enjoyed everything. There is plenty to see, the stables ...  more »
  • The indoor riding school was fascinating. I had never seen such a place before and (though I'm not a horse rider myself) it was very interesting to learn about the origins of dressage. The multi media...  more »
  • Went to visit in order to pass an afternoon. Had a nice walk around the castle ruins and the grounds with a well kept garden. Pleasant day out.  more »
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  • A fantastic vantage point with impressive ruins and Jacobean castle interiors. However the scarcity of information/interpretation boards mean you'll learn little if you didn't have the foresight to buy the guide book at the entrance shop. Other than some attractive borders beneath the battlements there's little to see in the way of grounds and gardens. Best to visit when there is some additional event laid on such as on bank holidays (though come early to avoid parking problems).
  • Great place! A massive place to explore. I was particularly pleased that one part of the castle is restored so you could enter the house and see what it was like but then one part is in ruins. To go to a castle with both sights was wonderful - the best of both worlds. The views were incredible. Highly recommend.
  • A jewel in local history. Wow never refused this place is so big. At weekends April to October they have horse dressage in one of only two original indoor arenas in Europe. Nice cafe and play area for kids. Don't expect lavishly reinterpreted interiors. This place is wonderful without the need. Lots of events always on. Don't miss the Halloween Scare Fest.
  • English heritage site and a very well kept I have to say. The history of the place is remarkable and thought provoking. One thing the visitor notices is that the place wasn't built to withstand war or struggle. Allow yourself few hours to enjoy it.
  • Enjoyable place to visit with a good range and number of activities going on. However, be careful as its not very clearly advertised that some of these randomly have additional fees on top of membership. Parking directly at the castle is also fairly limited, though event parking is put on at small walk away.