Bolsover Castle
Bolsover Castle
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
With spectacular views over Derbyshire, the fairy-tale Stuart mansion, Bolsover Castle, was designed to entertain and impress. Its reputation for revelry lives on as we now entertain you and your family. Wander the lavish rooms of the Little Castle, explore the romantic ruined terrace range, and delight in the views from the wall walk. Start your visit in the exhibition in the Riding House then run wild in extensive grounds (and fun play area).
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  • Iain F
    Brighton, United Kingdom41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An impressive rare survivor
    I’ve been meaning to visit Bolsover for many years. I wasn’t disappointed. This stunning little gem sits on a steep hill with stunning views over the Derbyshire countryside. The castle is more of an early 17th century renaissance palace disguised as a castle. It has been lovingly and faithfully restored by English heritage. As a rare survivor it really has the feel of the wealth and opulence of the reign of the early Stuart’s. A very rare experience. It also has the UKs oldest used riding house and a fantastic cafe. A great day out.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 March 2023
  • Amie C
    Staffordshire, United Kingdom28 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good family experience
    We love English Heritage properties and visit a different one every school holiday. This Castle was a good day out with lots of information provided. The Little Castle was a good experience of how it would have felt to live there. There is a cafe and park and plenty of areas for having a picnic.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 9 April 2023
  • Debbie T
    10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Really enjoyed out visit to Bolsover today. We had read some negative reviews about the ‘empty rooms’ but it was all lovely and gave us chance to enjoy some of the amazing original wall/ceiling paintings and layout of the little castle and grounds. Amazing views and well worth a visit in our opinion.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 17 May 2023
  • Kevin S
    Pontypridd, United Kingdom6,243 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice but expensive
    Free parking immediately outside. The castle itself was an expensive £16 each entry, expensive because it wasn't that impressive but free with annual English Heritage or continuing CADW membership for us. It is a very large castle with a long terrace which overlooked the countryside, now a ruin. The central keep, 'Little Castle' , is intact but sparsely furnished with original artefacts, furniture and decoration. Therefore primarily a ruin, and more of a country house style castle ruin being 16century not an early 12 or 13c example and for me it lacked the sparkle to justify the price.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 May 2023
  • Sarah b
    Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom1,664 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it here. Really interesting and great volunteers
    We loved our visit here. Great friendly volunteers and lots of information around the place. Loved the " little castle" with its well preserved decorations. Enjoyed the view from the wallwalk once the rain stopped! Access the QR code to watch the videos on Bolsover which bring the whole stories to life. The displays in the indoor riding house were great and audio presentation was good. The gardens are superb and the gardening staff /volunteers obviously work really hard to keep everything looking ship shape. Excellent guidebook as ever. Lovely cafe. All in all a memorable and enjoyable day out. Look out for the view of Hardwick Hall across the fields, which also makes for a great follow up visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 July 2023
  • 111TWIGAMINHAAFRIKA
    Bristol, United Kingdom7,257 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Timeless castle, steeped in history.
    Beautiful castle, mostly fully intact, with great views of the countryside. Plenty of information available throughout and an excellent guidebook for further reference. Most of the castle is accessible apart from the tower roof. Good facilities and shop, very friendly staff/volunteers and all under the safe umbrella of English Heritage.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 July 2023
  • TauntonBob
    West Parley, United Kingdom936 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice place to break our journey home
    The Castle was chosen by us for a visit primarily because it was about halfway on our journey back from the North East to Dorset and as English Heritage members it was free for us to visit. First order of the day was very nice bacon sarnies and coffees in the café. Then for a stroll around the castle. An interesting combination of intact buildings and ruins which must have been very impressive in their day. The inside of the intact buildings is like a rabbit warren! An enjoyable pit stop.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Judith H
    Leicester, United Kingdom181 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting visit, especially if you like history.
    Interesting visit as long as you don't go expecting a medieval castle. It was more of a stately home although built on the site of a much older mott and bailey castle. Limited car parking nearby. Ask for an audio guide which has lots of information, at the entrance as you will be encouraged to buy a guidebook and not offered an audio guide. Smallish cafe next to reception and shop. Fairly limited range of food but service was quick. Outside picnic tables. The castle is largely inaccessible to anyone with mobility problems although you can walk through the ruined part and see the views over Derbyshire. The Little Castle has been partially recreated as it would have been. Steps up to the entrance and lots of stairs. No handrails. Some of the rooms have information in them. The wall walk overlooks the garden. The riding hall is still in use. You csn go upstairs to look down over it but it can also been seen from the ground floor. There is an exhibition about the castle and its owners which is worth reading. The second hand book shop is upstairs. Again no handrails. Definitely worth a visit, especially if you are interested in history, particularly the Civil War. Allow 3 to 4 hours including a lunch stop.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Jayne R
    13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take your own food
    Had a lovely time well worth the visit. The only thing I would say is take your own food or find elsewhere to eat! We queued for 20 mins at the English Heritage Tent to be told there were no hot dogs left (8.50 each) anyway the alternative was chicken , chilli and cheese so we went for those £25 … they were horrible so went in the bin. Make sure you take u to our own food. It didn’t ruin the day was a lovely day out
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Jason Plant
    Clay Cross, United Kingdom12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely day out.
    Had a lovely day out today lots of thing to see and do. The gardens are kept very clean and well maintained fantastic for a picnic. There is a fantastic play are for the kids. Lots of rooms to explore and see. There is a lovely cafe for a bite of something to eat and drink and the staff are very friendly. There is lots of free parking in Bolsover.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 October 2023
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Banbury, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We had a great visit during half term, and there seems to be a programme of activities for other holidays too. Brilliant presenter who had four different shows across the day. Beautiful location, with great EV charging nearby!
Written 24 February 2024
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Shirley E
Dronfield, UK378 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Found this easily as it was well signed but there are only 2 small car parks. Managed to get a space eventually. Castle surrounds are huge. The stables block is well worth seeing. The tower is great. I went to the top. The views are great. I had the audio guide but it kept stopping and then it would just go back to the previous audio so I’d check it before you set off. Staff were lovely very friendly. The shop is great. I bought some gloves and a book. Lots of choice. I had a coffee and a blueberry Bakewell tart (yum it was to die for) in the cafe. Excellent day out.
Written 6 January 2024
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GolferDoncaster
Doncaster, UK377 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Great day out with lots to see, the castle has a lot of rooms and history to satisfy most people. The grounds have a café and seating for families to enjoy their own food. The staff that were available throughout our visit were very knowledgeable and enhanced the visit immensely. Free parking is available at the site and within walking distance is this is full.
Written 3 December 2023
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Philip S
Chesterfield, UK19 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Very disappointed today , we went to the Christmas market and was told we would have to pay £16 each to have a look around the stalls.
People living in S44 could go in free, We live in s41 and took 2 buses to get there from Old Whittington ,[ nearly 1 and half hours ] very upset to be turned away we only wanted the stalls nothing else.
Written 2 December 2023
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Leanne S
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
This is an interesting castle to visit and I would usually score it a 5, however I dropped it a star based on the Halloween event. This was overhyped with nothing different but a Halloween trail (6 chalk boards to find all to difficult for little kids to understand). It was nice not to see Halloween plastic tat everywhere, however I was expecting spooky music, lighting, ambience, characters in dress etc.
How's about a hunt for spooky creatures inside and out with a prize of sweets at the end?
Written 31 October 2023
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thecharlys77
London, UK41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Very nice exhibition and knowledgeable guides around the places to provide more info. There are 2 sites to visit basically, the ruins of the old palace and the new castle build in more recent times but still loyal to medieval architecture. Definetely worth a visit. And to finish it, there is a wetherspoon right at the exit to have a nice&cheap pint while digesting all the history.
Written 31 October 2023
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Elizabeth D
Belper, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We visited Bolsover Castle very much a last minute “ oh let’s go and look”! We were greeted by a lovely lady on the door and went inside. Instantly seeing the cafe, we started there. Just in time for the freshly baked scones coming out of the oven. Delicious and still warm. Yes again welcoming staff. We went to the entrance desk where a very informative lady talked us through the area. Such a view, the buildings are very interesting. There are guides around who can tell you about things and answer questions. We sat in the gardens. Fortunately for October it was a pleasantly warm day. Well worth a visit
Written 11 October 2023
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Jason Plant
Clay Cross, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Had a lovely day out today lots of thing to see and do. The gardens are kept very clean and well maintained fantastic for a picnic. There is a fantastic play are for the kids. Lots of rooms to explore and see. There is a lovely cafe for a bite of something to eat and drink and the staff are very friendly. There is lots of free parking in Bolsover.
Written 7 October 2023
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Stefan L
Dortmund, Germany1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Ian was an excellent tour guide! Very interest background information that can otherwise not been found in guide books.
Written 5 October 2023
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Aaron C
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
I went on a solo day out, I just fancied visiting a castle and this one stood out to me.

Glad I did, great Castle with great views, nice a peaceful.

Free parking
Written 7 September 2023
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