About Bolsover Castle

Bolsover Castle by jo-h via flickr

Bolsover Castle by jo-h via flickr

They say some of the greatest treasures in the world are yet to be discovered and you can find the hidden gems in the unlikeliest of places. That’s so true for UK travelers who often restrict their travel plans to the oft repeated destinations like London, Brighton, Stonehenge, Edinburgh etc. Not to take away from the attraction of these famous tourist hotspots; there’s a lot to be explored in this country with lush countryside and rich history. And the culture, heritage of the UK stands tall in its stunning castles and stately homes like Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire, which has a lot more than impressive architecture.

Derbyshire county in itself is known for is beautiful, expansive greens that take your breath away as you drive through them. As a tourist you will enjoy the spectacular drive to Bolsover as much as the experience you will have in this quaint little town. And as you come into this town you will be greeted by this towering building that is steeped in history and holds many wonderful stories in its bosom. Built by the Peverel family in the 12th century, it soon became a property of the Crown. And since then Bolsover Castle has seen many ups and downs but has stood through them with its dignity and charm intact.

The castle went through its worst period when it deteriorated post the reign of King John. However you can catch a glimpse of its glorious early days in the form of remains of a curtain wall, which is now a part of the wall walk in the garden. The ownership of Bolsover Castle changed hands after Sir George Talbot bought and later sold it to the Cavendish family. Sir Charles Cavendish, who happened to be an Earl, began rebuilding the castle and made it a place of elegance and ethereal beauty. The Little Castle, a tower, which you can view today was built then and till date is known for its beautifully painted walls and ceilings.

Model of Bolsover Castle

Model of Bolsover Castle by andrew-michales_1 via Flickr

Bolsover Castle went through another downturn during the civil war but saw a revival thanks to Sir William Cavendish who built staterooms and a new hall as he restored it to its old glory. And that’s how it stands today as part of and feather in the cap of English Heritage. If you are a lover of art and history, this is the place to be as you will be enthralled by everything you find here; from the paintings to the fantastic indoor Riding School.

Coming to Bolsover would be a great way of spending the day with your family as the gardens are ideal for picnics while the Discovery Center has something to offer for people of all age groups with their clever audio visual displays being a highlight. Panoramic views of Vale of Scarsdale are an added attraction and if you plan your trip to Bolsover Castle ahead of time you could make the most of several events held here during different times of the year, which only add to its inherent magnetic appeal.

You can get English Heritage membership from Buyagift.co.uk