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Bolsover Castle, Bolsover

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. Put Bolsover Castle and other Bolsover attractions into our Bolsover trip itinerary website , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • A lovely sunny Sunday afternoon visit. A little expensive if I'm honest. Been many years since I was last here and some improvements made. New cafe and visitor centre as well as restored walk around w...  more »
  • Visited yesterday with relatives and can only say it was a terrific experience. So much has been renovated the garden inside the keep truly lovely with the standard bays all along the wall a great add...  more »
  • Superb experience. The views from the terrace are breathtaking. The restoration by English Heritage is just excellent. There's no wonder Lucy Worsley is so fascinated by this place. The staff are know...  more »
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  • A great day out for four generations. Friendly and helpful staff. Disabled access. Great cafe with good choice (three of us are veggies). Wonderful views and lots to explore inside and out. A good shop at the end with things for all ages and budgets.
  • Not really a castle but an excellent example of a country house disguised as a castle. Excellent audio guide. Loads of interesting rooms and terraces. Well informed volunteer staff. Well worth a visit ; allow at least 2 hours.
  • Excellent visit much to see.Fantastic views across the valley. Some ruins and the Little Castle is inside. Audio excellent tells you all you need to know. Cost per adult £12 well worth the money. Lovely cafe too. In the summer months they have horse displays in the indoor riding stables. Only opens weekends until Easter then open daily till October.
  • Bolsover castle is a remarkable place, the main building itself is beautiful and a fun place to roam up and the the stairs, in and out of rooms, which are interconnected in a way that you can almost get lost and always discover something interesting. Then there's the garden which is simply enchanting, beautiful and petite. It's worth visiting the museum and the stables as well, we were lucky enough to see a dressage show as well. All that and the view from the castle - a beautiful day.
  • Beautiful English Heritage Castle in the English countryside. Enthralling views with original and restored grounds. The audio tour is excellent for any age, as they have a great learning game for the little ones. This was an amazing famy day out, that had the added bonus of Dressage that afternoon. Highly recommended
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