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Tutbury Castle, Tutbury

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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  • August 20, 2017
    I attended a wedding here this weekend. What a beautiful venue. The room the wedding was held in holds about 40 people and was upstairs. It's a shame that they don't allow parking a little closer as i...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Have been here a few years on the run with young and older family members. We have experienced a variety of their days including war weekend and fairy tales on more than one occasion. It never fails t...  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    Tutbury castle is a beautiful ruin for small children. There is a large lawn where man can rest. The prisons and the towers are particularly beautiful.
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  • Nice place but poor staff. Was not told that a wedding reception was taking place effectively closing the tea shop. No refund either
  • Great little detour. Onsite parking for £1 or street parking nearby. Friendly staff and knowledgeable guide ensured we came away better informed about this little gem.
  • This is a place that provokes reflection: the way we treat others; the way authority in the country has shifted and the change in priorities evident in society. It is in a pleasant part of the country.
  • A great little castle (part ruins) even better when the run events
  • What a beautiful place...Lesley Smith has been the Curator of Tutbury Castle in Staffordshire since 2000 and is brilliant

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