Bolsover Castle near Chesterfield
...commanding and enchanting
This splendidly romantic castle, perched on an imposing bluff which commands the valley below, was built in the first half of the 17th century by Sir Charles Cavendish and his son William (created first Duke of Newcastle).
A romantic by nature, Charles built for himself what was essentially a miniature mansion with mock-medieval fortifications in the form of extravagant turrets and battlements. The house is richly decorated in Jacobean style, with carved fireplaces and impressive rooms.
In the stateroom wing built for William, which is now roofless, it is easy to imagine entertaining Charles I to banquets and masques.
Visitors will find plenty to explore, including the 17th century riding school, one of the oldest in Europe and in its time one of the most famous.
Picnics are welcomed and there is a gift shop and a tape tour is included in the admission price.
Castle Street, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 6PR
Phone: +44 (0)1246 822844
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015