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“Excellent for a good day out”
Review of Tutbury Castle

Tutbury Castle
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Tutbury
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Owner description: tuated in the heart of England, Tutbury Castle sits on wooded slopes overlooking the winding River Dove, with spectacular views across the plain of the Dove to the beautiful Derbyshire hills. Its commanding view and natural defensive position makes this an obvious site for a castle. Occupied since the Stone Age, the castle is first recorded in 1071, as one of the new castles built to stamp the authority of the Norman conquerors across the Midlands. Since then, the castle has played an important part in English history on many occasions, in warfare and in peace. The castle is best known as one of the prisons of Mary Queen of Scots, who was held here on four occasions. It was here that she became involved in the plot that ultimately led to her bloody execution at Fotheringhay. Seat of the de Ferrers family, and later of the earls and dukes of Lancaster, Tutbury was also one of the great centers of power in medieval England. It was visited by many English kings, and home to the great John of Gaunt, 2nd Duke of Lancaster, who established a great annual feast. This tradition lasted for hundreds of years. It also had its bloodier side, as it was besieged, destroyed and rebuilt several times. It was destroyed for the last time by Act of Parliament in 1647-48, after holding out for Charles I in the Civil War. The destruction was incomplete, leaving the dramatic ruins that we see today, and the castle has never been completely abandoned. Since 2000, the castle has taken on a new life, welcoming thousands of visitors every year. With historical re-enactment, archaeological excavation, an authentic Tudor garden and mediaeval herbery, the ‘haunted’ Great Hall and King’s Bedroom, and of course the tearoom, there’s something for everyone.
Reviewed 2 February 2014

This castle is a excellent place for a good day out for the family. It's run by Lesley Smith, who does such a excellent job, with her talks on Elizabeth 1st and ghosts hunts. Great for your own family picnic or food from the Tutbury castle tea rooms. Bonfire night excellent, and the world war 1 weekend amazing. Take be family on one of these events. You won't be disappointed.

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Reviewed 2 February 2014

Lesley Smith who runs the castle is amazing, it's a really good family day out especially when themed days/weekends have been out on. From ghost nights, to a picnic in the grounds or the extra special World War Two weekends, the fire works, bonfire nights are out of this worked. So worth a visit for anyone.

Thank Lynette196054
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

great place to go, there is not a lot there of the castle. but is perfect place for a picnic, there is often evens on and it is worth the trip for these events. the castle is high on a hill with stunning views. read up on the history of the place, it will help to bring the place alive. Ir has a wonderful and sxciting history.

1  Thank carol g
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

Live in tutbury so have been here quite a few times, it's average not the best castle I have ever been to

2  Thank Lara S
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

A beautiful castle looking down over the lovely village of Tutbury. Part ruin & part entire. For a small fee you can see the grand hall inside.This place has regular events, I have been to the firework display & a world war 2 event, both were excellent. It's eputed to be haunted (of course) I have read the very negative reviews around the Hallowe'en night but I haven't been so can't comment.

1  Thank Falmouth1
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