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Review of Bolsover Castle

Bolsover Castle
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Bolsover
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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

The visit to this Castle was so nice, been 10 years ago but so much has been changed in good way! So much to see and we had the surprise to catch the last display of the year of Horses Menagerie !! What a delight! Now planning to go back on the ghost walks next week!

Thank T. L
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"english heritage"
in 184 reviews
"audio guide"
in 100 reviews
"riding school"
in 59 reviews
"gift shop"
in 57 reviews
"overflow car park"
in 14 reviews
"civil war"
in 14 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 80 reviews
"surrounding countryside"
in 20 reviews
"wall walk"
in 51 reviews
"interesting history"
in 16 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 28 reviews
"entry fee"
in 14 reviews
"information boards"
in 13 reviews
"play area"
in 31 reviews
"interesting place"
in 13 reviews
"sunny day"
in 20 reviews
"riding house"
in 25 reviews

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic views from the walls of the castle and an interesting exhibition on the Cavendish family. Good visitor centre with a gift shop and cafe. Nice toilets

Thank Ann P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A return visit for us on a beautiful autumnal day. Great views across the valley from the castle. The wall walk is a must do, looking down into the garden. Had to park in the overflow car park, not easy to see the entrance as came down the hill. Only a short walk up to the visitor centre. Only disappointment was the ladies loos, in one the lock didn’t work and only one dispenser had any soap and it was only 11.30. But this is nit picking. This is a great place to visit.

Thank OldieEastMidlands
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On entering the castle the staff were very friendly and informative. The gave us a free visual/audio player. This was excellent and made the tour more interesting. You could start and stop it at your leisure. There were also guides inside the castle who would answer your questions. The stables, Castle and walled garden were indeed interesting though not fully furnished. You can imagine how it did look when it was in use. The views from the gallery and castle are spectacular. Afterwards you can have a nice time relaxing in the cafe which looks onto stables and castle.

Thank DavidTWinfield
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Staying in the Peak District and was given a voucher to give me a 'two for the price of one' entry to Bolsover Castle. We don't often visit stately homes (to see how our ancestral overlords lived) but we thought this might be interesting. Built as a 'pleasure palace' rather than as defensive castle, Bolsover was never a permanent residence. It is a fascinating glimpse of a fashionable residence immediately before the civil war and then a Restoration residence. Some of the buildings are currently being restored (the riding range, one of the places which could be considered the original home of what became what we know as dressage) and others are a shell of what were dining areas and kitchens. The small castle is charming but not for those with mobility problems (my mother, wheelchair bound, would not be able to visit any of the small castle). There is a very impressive wall walk which runs along the top of the walked garden and a very rare 17th century fountain. The views from the castle are absolutely fantastic.

The site is entered via a gift shop (with the inevitable hard-sell for English Heritage membership at the main front doors) and there is a very good, modern, clean cafe with friendly, helpful staff (chocolate brownies excellent, cappuccino cake a bit dry, latte very good!)

Next to the cafe area is a play area for children, built in the style of the castle and looking very impressive. I was a bit surprised about the loos - considering the size of the site and the cafe (which has a good number of interior and exterior tables plus picnic tables) the ladies' loos only had four cubicles (there are no 'facilities' elsewhere). Lucky we visited when there weren't to many people there! Saying that, the car park is also tiny so we found that we had missed the last space and had to find somewhere else to park and walk up to the castle.

Was well worth the visit.

3  Thank lovelyasever
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