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  • East Midlands Tourism Silver
  • English Heritage
  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Castle, next open Tue 8 Apr - Tue 30 Sep 2014

VAQAS EMT SILVER 2008 ENGLISH HERITAGE

Bolsover Castle

Bolsover Castle

Bolsover Castle

Bolsover Castle

View from Bolsover Castle

View from Bolsover Castle

Contact

Enquiries

01246 822844

Address

Castle Street,
Bolsover,
Chesterfield,
Derbyshire,
S44 6PR

Events at this Venue

date event
Mon 18 - Fri 22 Aug Just For Kids - Heroes & Villains
Sun 24 - Mon 25 Aug Grand Medieval Joust
Tue 26 - Fri 29 Aug Just For Kids - Knights & Princesses Academy
Sat 30 - Sun 31 Aug Cavalier Horsemanship
Sat 6 - Sun 7 Sep Cavalier Horsemanship
Sat 13 - Sun 14 Sep Cavalier Horsemanship

Details

This romantic residence - built by Sir Charles Cavendish in 1612 and completed by his son William - is a fantastic place to immerse yourself in the Golden Age of Chivalry. With glorious panoramic views over the Vale of Scarsdale, the Castle was designed as a fantasy house for entertainment and pleasure. Marvel at the fairytale Little Castle and its rich panelling, elaborate fireplaces and painted ceilings and learn about Bolsover's rich past - and a royal visit in 1634! Explore the atmospheric ruined Terrace Range and the enchanting Venus Garden with its secluded love seats and intriguing statues. See the most important 17th Century riding house in the country - where Sir William trained his horses in disciplined manoeuvres (the forerunner of the sport of dressage). An audio trail is included in the admission price.

In 2014 the horses will again return to Bolsover's famous Riding School. Displays will begin on Saturday 5 April and will take place every Saturday and Sunday throughout the season. There will be 3 sessions per day at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Booking is not required however it will cost an additional £2 on top of admission prices.

The Little Castle is not accessible to wheelchair users but the grounds are all accessible on level, impacted gravel paths. Some steps but alternative routes are available. Tactile exhibits in the Discovery Centre and extensive use of sound for visually impaired visitors, and audio tour with hearing loop included in admission price for hearing impaired visitors.

For further details see www.english-heritage.org.uk/bolsover

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessEnglish Heritage PropertyEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Opening details

Season Dates Opening Hours
Tue 8 Apr - Tue 30 Sep 2014 Mon - Sun 10:00 to 18:00
Wed 1 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014 Mon - Sun 10:00 to 17:00
Mon 3 Nov 2014 - Sun 8 Feb 2015 Sat - Sun 10:00 to 16:00
Mon 9 - Fri 13 Feb 2015 Mon - Sun 10:00 to 16:00
Sat 14 Feb - Sun 29 Mar 2015 Sat - Sun 10:00 to 16:00
Last admission one hour before closing. Part of the Castle may close for one hour if an event is booked. Please call to check.

Prices

Adults £9.50, Concessions £8.60, Children (5-16 years) £5.70, Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £24.70.
Children under 5 years admitted free. Prices may vary at special events.

Location

Directions

See location of Bolsover Castle on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SK 472705  Lat: 53.23007 Long: -1.29423

From North (follow brown signs)
Leave M1 motorway at junction 29A and take 1st exit off roundabout (Markham Road). At next roundabout take 3rd exit (Markham Lane). Follow road to next roundabout and take 3rd exit (Markham Lane). At next roundabout take 2nd exit (A632). Follow road for approx 1 mile and, at roundabout, take 2nd exit (A632). Follow road for just under a mile into Bolsover and take right turn (Castle Street, brown signpost for Castle). Follow road to left hand bend and Castle is on right. Car parking available close to Castle entrance.

From South (follow brown signs)
Leave M1 motorway at junction 29A and take 3rd exit off roundabout (Markham Road). Follow road under M1 and, at roundabout go straight on. At next roundabout take 3rd exit (Markham Lane), then follow route from North.

From East
Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway. At roundabout take 4th exit (M1 North). Leave M1 at next junction (29A), then follow route from South

From West
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Matalan) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and, at traffic lights go straight on. At roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit (A632). Follow road, going straight on at traffic lights, for about 1 mile and, at traffic lights (Royal Hospital) go straight on. Follow road, going straight on at mini roundabout, for approx 1ΒΌ miles to traffic lights and go straight on. At roundabout take 3rd exit (A632). Follow road for just under a mile into Bolsover and take right turn (Castle Street, brown signpost for Castle). Follow road to left hand bend and Castle is on right. Car parking available close to Castle entrance.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 4 miles from Chesterfield station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • English Heritage PropertyEnglish Heritage Property
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesVisitor information available in audio format
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas

General

  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system

Entrance

  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesLow potassium
    • YesLow sodium
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu
 
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