East Midlands - Derbyshire


Castle Street, Bolsover,
S44 6PR
t: 01246 822844
e: bolsover.castle@english-heritage.org.uk
w: www.english-heritage.org.uk/bolsovercastle

This hilltop pleasure palace of a horse-mad Cavalier playboy is packed with entertainments for your group. William Cavendish, later Duke of Newcastle, built Bolsover Castle with no regard to expense. It was designed purely to entertain and impress visitors, including King Charles I and his court in 1634. Now, centuries later, it still makes a memorable impression. Interpretation will help your group experience the delights once reserved for the courtly few, including the glories of Bolsover’s Little Castle and Venus Garden.

  • Explore the exquisite Little Castle, the ruins of the Terrace Range and the impressive Riding House - complete with introductory exhibition.
  • Sumptuous replica tapestries, satin hangings and luxurious furnishings bring the Star Chamber and Marble Closet back to glowing life.
  • ‘Cabinets of curiosity’ reveal how the Little Castle’s maze of rooms were used to intrigue and impress noble visitors.
  • Stroll the restored wall walk round the Venus Garden, where Stuart courtiers promenaded to see and be seen. Marvel at the breathtaking panoramic views and admire the period plantings in the Venus Garden.
  • Enjoy regular summer weekend displays of horsemanship in Bolsover’s famous Riding House which celebrates William Cavendish’s passion for training ‘great horses’. (Small charge applies. Please call Customer Services on 0370 333 1183 to book.)



Positioned not far from Junction 29A of the M1, Bolsover Castle offers a memorable stop-off for groups travelling north or south along the motorway. Hardwick Old Hall is close by.