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Tutbury Castle

Tutbury Castle Castle Street, Tutbury DE13 9JF, England
+44 1283 812129
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Wedding reception. What a let down, Expected better,

What a let down, expected better, we recently went to a Tutbury Castle organised wedding for my... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
derbywillmar
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Derby England
Amazing, Elizabeth I was astounding

Went to Tutbury Castle with another couple. Stumbled upon a talk by the Tutbury castle... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
James P
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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.
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Tutbury Castle Castle Street, Tutbury DE13 9JF, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a let down, expected better, we recently went to a Tutbury Castle organised wedding for my friend,We were excited and could not wait for the celebration, We were expecting a Tutbury Castle service of excellence, what we got was third rate pub style event,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Tutbury Castle with another couple. Stumbled upon a talk by the Tutbury castle curator/historian in the Great Hall dressed in full Elizabeth I garb. Incredible knowledge which impressed all and entertained the children present also, including providing knighthoods for all who wanted it....More

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Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

It cost £7:50 to get me and my son in. I really don’t mind paying to get in to a historic landmark because I fully endorse preserving history. However, I thought it was overpriced for what you got. One tower to climb up, one mound...More

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Reviewed 29 May 2018

We went when they were having a medieval enactment day on one of the hottest days of the year. We didn't get to see as much of the castle as you would when there wasn't a big event on. But on the other hand the...More

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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

Visited on a sunny bank holiday weekend using a Groupon voucher making it just £10 for a family of 4. Super value for money, as spent a good 3 hours wandering around chatting to all the enthusiasts about WWII and allowing the kids to hold...More

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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

Today we visited with a large group. Mary Queen of Scots was absolutely fantastic! The knowledge and performance was second to none and truly took you back! So fluid was the performance you could easily believe it was really Mary! History was brought to life!...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

So, it is April, and a bank holiday so should really have expected rain! We arrived around midday and the castle car park was full, well, full or not in use due to the amount of mud on the field. There were cars lining the...More

Thank Man1cmom
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Reviewed 21 March 2018

Visited last September. And enjoyed the site and very knowledgable curator who enacted a character from the past to great effect. Nice tea shop too. A must for children to visit and be a knight or invader on the battlements. Lots of family fun.

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Reviewed 11 March 2018

Not sure what I was expecting as went for a photography day. The day itself was OK although little disappointed most of the models were WW2. I was hoping for some medieval or viking etc. Castle itself is pretty basic set of ruins and to...More

Thank MalcH
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Reviewed 31 January 2018 via mobile

Lesley Smith is an inspiration and visionary in bringing history back to life with a flare and sensitivity, respect. Looking forward to visiting again in 2018 at least once.

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Response from Phil G | Reviewed this property |
Never had a problem. The car park size is deceptive. For larger events there are attendants to show you where to park. It's along uphill walk if you park in the village.
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