This romantic residence – built by Sir Charles Cavendish in 1612 and completed by his son William – is a fantastic place to immerse yourself in the Golden Age of Chivalry. With glorious panoramic views over the Vale of Scarsdale, the Castle was designed as a fantasy house for entertainment and pleasure. Marvel at the fairytale Little Castle and its rich panelling, elaborate fireplaces and painted ceilings and learn about Bolsover’s rich past – and a royal visit in 1634! Explore the atmospheric ruined Terrace Range and the enchanting Venus Garden with its secluded love seats and intriguing statues. See the most important 17th Century riding house in the country – where Sir William trained his horses in disciplined manoeuvres (the forerunner of the sport of dressage). An audio trail is included in the admission price.
The Little Castle is not accessible to wheelchair users but the grounds are all accessible on level, impacted gravel paths. Some steps but alternative routes are available. Tactile exhibits in the Discovery Centre and extensive use of sound for visually impaired visitors, and audio tour with hearing loop included in admission price for hearing impaired visitors.
We have a number of holiday cottages available for you to stay in, including The Escape, a large luxury self catering holiday cottage with hot tub near Bolsover.