Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  England  /  Derbyshire  /  Bolsover  /  Historic Sites  /  Bolsover Castle

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.
Create a full Bolsover itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Bolsover

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Derbyshire by other users

12 days in London, Oxford & Two Dales BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Derbyshire, Lake District & Newcastle upon Tyne BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: September, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Brighton & Derbyshire BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Derby BY A USER FROM CROATIA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Matlock BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Buxton BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 27 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM BELGIUM June, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 4 days in Derby BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM February, romantic, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Midlands BY A USER FROM AUSTRIA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Chester, Liverpool & Ilkeston BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Derby BY A USER FROM CYPRUS January, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: January, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Matlock & Derby BY A USER FROM CYPRUS January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • I had heard loads about this castle and had decided it wasn't for me as I prefer castles built for defence and clearly this was a home, but I found myself with a strange thing called a day off so look...  more »
  • Definitely worth visiting. Fantastic view of the castle driving up to the village and amazing views across the Derbyshire countryside from the castle itself. The gentleman who showed us round was info...  more »
  • We visited Bolsover on 12/02/17 and despite truely miserable weather we found it excellent. The building had a good mix of restored sections and partial ruins. An excellent free bonus, was the touchsc...  more »
Google
  • 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