Bolsover Castle

About Bolsover Castle

Bolsover Castle is a partially restored castle in Derbyshire.  The castle was built in the 12th Century and was an active castle from its completion until it fell in a siege in 1217.

The castle fell into disrepair, but was restored in the 17th Century by Charles Cavendish and his son William Cavendish.  Luxurious state rooms were constructed and the castle was used more as a romantic ideal of a medieval castle rather than a defensive fortress.

The castle again fell into ruin after the Cavendish family vacated it after the Civil War and remained in a ruinous state until it was taken over by English Heritage.

Partial restoration has been done to the Little Castle and the Riding School.  There are regular events held in the castle grounds during the summer months and the Discovery Centre provides information about the History of the castle.




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