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Bolsover Castle, Bolsover

(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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  • Called here on Sunday afternoon for a visit as part of a long weekend package tour. We stopped for about 3 hours, which allowed time for lunch as well as a guided tour which very much enhanced the vis...  more »
  • We had seen the castle from the M1 many times and decided to visit. We expected a typical ruined medieval castle. Instead there was a lovely 'little castle' which was built for pleasure in Stuart time...  more »
  • Although not a huge castle, this place has it all: gardens, history, art, wall walk, gift shop, cafe and fabulous views. Would recommend.  more »
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  • Lovely place to visit with extremely friendly staff, parts of the interior are stunning, as are views from the battlements, car parking space is a bit lacking but coffee and cakes in the cafe were a treat.
  • Great castle with a great view! It's up on a hill and also has a horse show if that is something that interests you. Parking is pretty limited but there is more parking just up the road a bit.
  • Something for all here , due to it's situation the castle itself stands in limited grounds , and there is little in the way of gardens , but if its grand ruins, picturesque Towered Castle, a walk around the battlements then you could do a lot worse than visit here. You could easily waste the best part of the day here , and the free audio/interactive/video guide is a must , are comes free with your entry !
  • 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).
  • My daughter and i went with her friend and mum in the October holidays it's was foggy when we got there so perfect for a Halloween visit and the spooky story's were keeping the kids entertained