Bolsover Castle

In a nutshell

Explore the beautiful 17th century Bolsover Castle and gardens on a day out with the kids in Derbyshire. Suitable for all ages.


Castle Street, Bolsover, Derbyshire S44 6PR

Contact details

Tel: 0370 333 1181

Activity type

Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites

Suitable for

Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s

Price guide

£31 2+3 children

(based on family of 4)

Bolsover Castle details...

For a perfect day out with the family enjoy the fairytale Castle at Bolsover perched on a ridge over the scenic landscape in Derbyshire.

Highlights of the 17th century aristocratic abode include the sumptuously painted walls and ceilings of the Little Castle created by Sir William Cavendish; intricately carved fireplaces and the magnificent indoor Riding School. The castle stands on the foundations of an 11th century castle built by William Peveril, one of William the Conqueror’s knights, but it was neglected from the mid-14th century onwards until Sir Charles Cavendish restored it in 1612.

There are plenty of things to do for all the family; from the fascinating audio-visual displays in the Discovery Centre to exploring the extensive grounds that surround the castle. Discover this attraction’s intriguing history and take the wall-walk that offers stunning views out over the landscape and the Fountain Garden with its Venus Fountain at its centre.

Bolsover Castle boasts one of the best indoor Riding Schools  in the country. William Cavendish once the riding master to the future King Charles II, built the Riding School and stables for his elegant Turkish and North African horses. See the Riding School brought to life at one of the Cavalier Horsemanship displays that take place regularly from April to September. The costumed dressage display is performed to baroque music of the period and is an amazing display of riding skill.

Pack a family picnic and enjoy panoramic views out over the Vale of Scarsdale or find delicious snacks and drinks in the tea room.

Look out for family events, the Cavalier Horsemanship display dates and living history re-enactments that offer an exciting glimpse into  history. Take an interactive tour with the hand-held multimedia guide or download the guide onto your own tablet or phone.

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