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Bolsover Castle

Type:Castle

Castle Street
Bolsover
Chesterfield
Derbyshire
S44 6PR
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Bolsover Castle

About

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). A multi media guide is included in the admission price.

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. 

Guided Tour
A guided tour of the site which lasts for about 1 ½ hours is available for groups of 15 to 25 people per tour guide.

Bolsover Cundy House
This charming cottage-like 17th century conduit house, with vaulted stone-slab roof, once supplied water to Bolsover Castle.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
General Admission£7.50 per child
General Admission£32.50 per family
General Admission£12.50 per adult
General Admission£11.30 per concession

English Heritage members, child under 5 and overseas visitor pass - Free

Awards

  • Other AwardsSelf-assessed Accessibility Information Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2018
  • Visit EnglandVistEngland VAQAS VistEngland VAQAS 2016
  • Other AwardsEnglish Heritage English Heritage 2016

Facilities

Site Features

  • English Heritage Property

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Catering

  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments

Parking

  • Free Parking

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality

Groups

  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impaired

Opening Times

Season (30 Mar 2018 - 30 Sept 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 18:00
Season (1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Season (1 Nov 2018 - 23 Dec 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - FridayClosed
Saturday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00
Season (27 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
DayTimes
Thursday - Monday10:00 - 16:00
Season (2 Jan 2019 - 17 Feb 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - FridayClosed
Saturday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00
Season (18 Feb 2019 - 22 Feb 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Friday10:00 - 16:00
Season (23 Feb 2019 - 31 Mar 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - FridayClosed
Saturday - Sunday10:00 - 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.
24-26, 31 Dec & 1 Jan Closed

Map & Directions

Road Directions

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 1¼ 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.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train staion Chesterfield 6 miles away.

Bus 82 or 83 from Chesterfield town centre, one each per hour.

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