Bolsover Castle is a mostly ruined Castle / stately home in Derbyshire. The parts of the Castle that remain reasonably intact show its history to be less of a military stronghold (although there were sieges and battles in the medieval period) and more of a fantasy castle / stately home for throwing lavish parties in the 17th Century.
The site is a tourist attraction and is run by English Heritage and there are a wide range of events and attractions throughout the year. As well as the castle there are the beautiful grounds, picnic area, shop, café and a Discovery Centre in the stables with audio visual displays.
You can enjoy a meal or snack in the café with its beautful views or alternatively, why not take a picnic to enjoy in the large grassed, picnic area with its lovely view of the Riding House. Picnic benches provided.
The shop sells a wide selection of English Heritage gifts, including jams and chutneys; toys and books; stationery and cards; heritage related collectables and much more!
Toilets, including toilets for those with limited mobility, are located in the Visitor Centre and next to the Riding House. Baby changing facilities available.
Dogs on leads welcome in the grounds only. No dogs allowed in the Little Castle. Assistance dogs welcome throughout the site.
Parking is available 50 metres from entrance, with disabled and family parking spaces. Charge payable refunded on admission. A new token system will be in place for visitors shortly. Additional (free) parking is available in Bolsover itself, including some just to the left of the Castle.
Disabled parking is available. There is level access to the café and shop with accessible toilets. The grounds of the castle are level access throughout, making it the perfect place to visit on a fine day but it is not possible to access the actual castle. The scenery makes this a dramatic and special day out nonetheless.