We have had the privilege of visiting several amazing castles while living and travelling around England, Scotland and Wales the past 10 years. Some of the most majestic ones we have seen were in Wales and Scotland such as Conwy Castle and Edinburgh Castle
But we have our fair share of beautiful castles in England as well, and here I write about one of my personal favourites, our very own local castle with stunning views of Derbyshire countryside – Bolsover Castle, 🙂
Images are from the times we have been there over the past few years. One of our good friends got married there as well and it was fun visiting with them as they described their special day here, 10 years later with two kids in tow!
Managed by English Heritage, Bolsover Castle is one those well preserved castles that has something for adults and families with small children alike. It has a great interior in the little castle, richly painted walls and ceilings, intricately carved fireplaces and the magnificent indoor Riding House. There are several different rooms to explore and it’s very well kept on the outside as well.
Bit of history about the place – Bolsover castle belongs to the Peverel family, who also own several other mansions and castles here in Derbyshire. The wealthy Sir Charles Cavendish bought the old fortress in 1612 and began work on his Little Castle project. His son William, the first Duke of Newcastle, inherited the Little Castle in 1617 and set about its completion, assisted by the architect John Smythson. You can learn more about the history from English Heritage Site.
Lots to do for families, the lovely courtyard outside has an intricately carved fountain and open grassy area, perfect for visits with children. One can take leisurely strolls around the fully restored wall walk above the fountain garden
The views from the outside courtyard is absolutely stunning! Great place to have a family picnic while admiring the lovely countryside.
The entrance fee are as follows:
Member (Join now) Free
Child (5-15 years) £5.70
Family (2 adults, 3 children) £24.70
Opening hours are 10am to 5pm until November. After that it’s until 4pm during winter months. It has a discovery centre, a lovely cafe and gift shop. It also has different events and activities throughout the year. We would highly recommend visiting this beautiful place, rich historical heritage, natural beauty and enough activities to keep everyone happy for the whole day!
Famous Riding House Range
This Post was written as part of #WeeklyWanderlust hosted by some great travel blogs, today linking up with Justin Plus Lauren