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Bolsover is a traditional, quintessential English town and boasts an imposing castle and independent shops blended with some high street stores. It has friendly places to eat and drink and is surrounded by beautiful countryside.

Visit us and you’ll find yourself fin a town with an unhurried pace of life that offers historical attractions, heritage and a friendly welcome.

The town’s early development during the Middle Ages followed the building of William Peveril’s 12th century castle, making it, along with Castleton, one of only two planned towns in Derbyshire.

Predominantly agricultural in character, the 17th and 18th centuries saw this trend continue with the building of substantial farm houses, However, the newly formed Bolsover Colliery Company and the first coal mining in modern times started. The Colliery Company built the New Bolsover Model Village to house their employees and the town grew along with its surrounding areas.

One of the most notable discoveries in the town was a 300 million year old fossil of ‘giant dragonfly of the dawn’, with an estimated 50cm wing span in the former Bolsover Colliery.

Today, with no colliery or major industries dominating the area, Bolsover is a developing town that is looking to the future, but remembers its past.

The town and its surrounding villages can boast a long tradition of arts and crafts activity including one of the longest running lantern parades in the regions.

The Assembly Rooms in the centre of the town has two spaces that can host events for up to 200 people and holds a regular drama group session with a mix of drama, musical theatre and youth theatre performances throughout the year.

There are many walks in the area – scroll down the page to find out more or visit our Walking page.

Come along and discover Bolsover.


Booking & Payment Details

  • Cash Point


  • On-site catering


  • Children welcome


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Postbox
  • Public toilets
  • Telephone (public)


Map & Directions

Road Directions

From North 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. From South 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). 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. 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.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station Chesterfield, approximately 4 miles away

Bus number 1 or 1A from Chesterfield town centre, three per hour

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