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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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  • Was expecting something way more special. It's a classical british castle. We saw only one garden with the fountain in the middle, and someone mentioned it has GARDENS, but actually is has only one where you can see more plants than just grass. But really liked the atmosphere in and around the castle. Very classy. Was hoping so see more furniture in the castle as almost all of the rooms are empty.
  • Fab day out. Came here while on holiday in the area. My kids (2 and 5 yrs old) loved the castle themed wooden playground and the activities put on by English Heritage. They also loved running round exploring the castle itself (I was slightly petrified at their enthusiasm). Us grown-ups also enjoyed exploring the two different bits of castle here, the little garden and the impressive view from the site.
  • Went in the afternoon for a walk round and found the facilities were good and it's a large, interesting site. We spent a couple of hours walking around. We then went to Frightfest in the evening which was quite good fun. There was a good atmosphere and a few different things to do and see.
  • Love this place. My children always like going and having a walk about and a play in the park. Nice cafe with good lunch snacks. So much easier being members of English heritage. Family membership pays for itself in three visits.
  • Really nice place, well preserved. Beautiful gardens. Overall its classical British heritage. Must visit place in Derby. Entry for adult is around 10 pounds. Eatery of there, good quality is fine. Free car parking outside the castle.

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