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Tutbury Castle, Tutbury
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Tutbury Castle is a largely ruined medieval castle at Tutbury, Staffordshire, England, in the ownership of the Duchy of Lancaster. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. People who have stayed in the castle include Eleanor of Aquitaine and Mary, Queen of Scots, who was a prisoner here.Early historyTutbury Castle became the headquarters of Henry de Ferrers and was the centre of the wapentake of Appletree, which included Duffield Frith. With his wife Bertha, he endowed Tutbury Priory with two manors in about 1080. It would seem that Tutbury at that time was a dependency of the Norman abbey of St Pierre‑sur‑Dives.The castle was destroyed by Prince Edward in 1264 after the rebellion of Robert de Ferrers, 6th Earl of Derby. In 1269, after a further rebellion the lands were given to Edmund Crouchback and have remained part of the Duchy of Lancaster.Apart from the 12th century chapel the ruins date from the 14th and 15th centuries when the castle was rebuilt.In 1999 Lesley Smith became the Curator of the Castle, which she leases from the Duchy of Lancaster.
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  • We attended an Afternoon Tea with Queen Elizabeth I and we were not disappointed, clearly these events help to maintain a Wedding Venue. Tutbury Castle is a Must and well worth a visit with fantastic ...  more »
  • More of a ruin than full castle, visited when there was a medieval event on and it was great fun. The additional things to see and do certainly extended the stay, but there were some beautiful views. 
  • This is our 3rd year here fireworks are amazing but that's it. First year we came brillant fair, stalls with cakes etc last year no fair but had cake stalls and this year a hook a duck and one kids ri...  more »
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  • Had a great time at the wonderland event. The staff were all wonderful and were excellent at dealing with children of all ages. The site is small and there are great views from the tower. Will definitely consider returning.
  • Lovely day out, went with a family of five, free parking and on £4:50 for a adult to enter. Totally worth it. Kids are free to Rome and it's not huge so you are not on the look out all the time. Lovely well read and enthusiastic guides! The little cafe is lovely with well priced food and coffee. The castle played a important role in English history and it's wonderful to step back in time there.
  • I love this beautiful location.I particularly enjoyed the information given to me freely by the guide Sue.She is very passionate about the Castles history and is more than happy to share her knowledge...Thank you Sue it was a pleasure to talk with you!! Friendly staff,stunning views,fab Castle and a low entrance fee! :-)
  • Very friendly helpful staff. Uncommercialised still. Reasonable prices for kids and excellent guide enjoying explaining life in Tudor England.
  • Beautiful views from the castle. Very reasonably priced. Tea room is OK.