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Bolsover Castle, Bolsover

Categories: Castles, Tourist Spots
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4.3/5 based on 850 reviews on the web
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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  • Lots to see. Interesting things for children, dressing up etc. Fascinating to see where the horses were trained. Wall walk was good with great views. 
  • Bolsover has been extensively improved since we were last here 15 years ago and is a great place to go. They've a new reception centre shop and cafe which was very good, and the castle buildings are f...  read more »
  • We spent a leisurely couple of hours exploring the Castle and enjoying superb views. Car parking leaves a bit to be desired - if you are concentrating on traffic the parking signs are easily missed. T...  read more »
  • 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 even laid on such as on bank holidays (though come early to avoid parking problems).
  • Halloween at Bolsover Castle. My son had a fantastic time and it was excellent value. We would not normally have attended such an event, but my Son expressed a desire to attend. and we as a family enjoyed the actors and effects, with a good story being told in each area.
  • Interesting castle with combination of ruins and well preserved areas and great views from the main building and walls. The displays of horsemanship are well worth seeing so check the website before you visit if you are interested as they do sell out. Cafe and shop are good but nothing exciting.
  • Very interesting place. Staff were friendly and very informative. Stunning views and you can still get a feel for how grand it must have been.
  • Lovely grounds but inside the little castle was disappointing, they have done a very poor job at restoring.
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