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“Little Castle ”
Review of Bolsover Castle

Bolsover Castle
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Bolsover
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: With spectacular views over Derbyshire, the fairy-tale Stuart mansion, Bolsover Castle, was designed to entertain and impress. Its reputation for revelry lives on as we now entertain you and your family. Wander the lavish rooms of the Little Castle, explore the romantic ruined terrace range, and delight in the views from the wall walk. Start your visit in the exhibition in the Riding House then run wild in extensive grounds (and fun play area).
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Bolsover Castle on our way home from a holiday in the Peak District - being so close to the M1 made it easy to add to our trip.
On arrival to the castle there’s a small car park, which is far too small but there are further car parks close by- although we saw no signage for them. All the car parks are free which is a rare thing but a nice touch.
We spent a lovely few hours exploring the castle & grounds & although there at sections that are derelict the ‘Little Castle’ is intact & was great to walk around & get the feel of how life would’ve been.
The facilities are good with a cafe, toilets & outdoor tables for people to utilise.

Thank TheMartins1997
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bolsover Castle is situated in a prominent position overlooking the surrounding countryside, thus it's incredibly spectacular as you approach from the nearby village.

It has a very small car park, and a much larger spill over one, but the signage for this additional parking is bad, resulting in a tour of the village to find parking.

The castle itself is interesting, and has excellent views. Entry is around £11, plus an additional charge for an audio guide. I feel you really do need the audio guide, but it seems wrong to charge “twice”, why not increase the entry charge slightly, and include the audio guide.

The one volunteer room guide we encountered was excellent, and very helpful, but that was the only one we saw in the whole visit. I understand that volunteers are hard to get, but maybe English Heritage need to employ more room guides (you do pay to go in after all).

Good quality coffee/cakes to complete your visit!

1  Thank Stu151
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We approached the castle from the village below, which is dominated by the castle on its ridge.
You get wonderful views across the plain below from the ramparts, nowadays with the M1 just visible in the distance.
This visit we spent time in the Little Castle, which is a gem. The audio guide helps a lot in appreciating the wealth of background, much of which we would miss otherwise.
There was a show of the dressage horses, but unfortunately we did not have sufficient time to enjoy that (£2 surcharge) - perhaps next time.

Thank HJPinBeds
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent day spent walking around the castle and exploring different sections. Dog friendly and plenty of picnic tables. Fabulous views across Derbyshire.

Thank jeanwales
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Parking for the castle requires some exploration as the designated car park is small and I guess full most of the time. However, a brief tour around the town, not helped by signage, revealed an overflow car park in the grounds of the castle. Sadly the extravagance of Ben of Hardwick and his family meant that the castle was largely abandoned in favour of other stately homes in the area and large parts of the castle are now derelict although retain an eerie charm. The "keep" or Little Castle has been well restored and is of much interest. Do not miss the audio visual guide which is excellent and free. There are stunning wall and ceiling decorations, interesting fireplaces and excellent views. The gardens are limited but have a peaceful ambience.

Thank mikeandros
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