As English Heritage prepare to start a new chapter at Bolsover Castle that will concentrate on the tourist market, brides-to-be have a unique opportunity to exchange rings and vows in Bolsover’s idyllic fairytale surroundings during the castle’s last year as a wedding venue. The last wedding ceremonies will be offered at Bolsover Castle in March 2015, so it really is a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to gather your guests and ready your carriages for a truly memorable day.
Think of a picture-book castle with ancient golden stone walls standing high above the beautiful Vale of Scarsdale. Imagine dashing cavaliers, beautiful ladies in flowing gowns and historic romance.
Rooms and Capacities
|Location||Wedding Ceremony||Dining||Dinner Dance||Drinks
|The Courtyard (outdoor)||50||-||-||100
|The Great Hall||-||-||-||50
|The Venus Fountain Garden (outdoor)||50||-||-||200
|Outer Court (marquee site)||-||600||500||700
Bolsover Castle is available for Civil Wedding, Civil Partnership ceremonies and private events 7 days a week.
The Star Chamber or Pillar Parlour
- Day hire: January-December (any 2.5hr period) Mon-Thu: £1,250
- Day hire: January-December (any 2.5hr period) Fri-Sat: £1,500
The Courtyard or The Venus Fountain Garden
- Day hire: January-December (any 2.5hr period) Mon-Thu: £1,500
- Day hire: January-December (any 2.5hr period) Fri-Sat: £1,750
- January-December: 6:30pm-11:30pm: From £3,500
Prices are exclusive of and subject to VAT. Prices are for venue hire only and are exclusive of catering, flowers, lighting and entertainment. Catering, florists, lighting and entertainment must be provided by English Heritage accredited suppliers. English Heritage reserves the right to amend prices at any time without notice.
Sitting snugly within high walls, it is the Little Castle which is at the heart of Bolsover Castle. With its towers and turrets, it is every inch a medieval castle in miniature, even though it was built in 1612 – and the choice of many couples as the magical setting for their wedding ceremony.
The Little Castle
Huge double gates open into a stone-flagged courtyard with a staircase leading up into the Little Castle. In fine weather, couples can say their vows in the arched doorway with their guests watching from the courtyard below.
Inside, you can choose to say ‘I do’ in the atmospheric Pillar Parlour or the lovely Star Chamber, which is topped by a stunning blue gilded ceiling and boasts soaring leaded windows, carved wood panelling and an ornate fireplace.
Venus Fountain Garden
Summer weddings take on a special romance within this charming walled garden, which has been returned to its original 17th century layout. You can exchange your vows under the indulgent eye of Venus, the Goddess of Love with the sound of water gently playing in the fountain and herbs and scented flowers adding to the heady atmosphere.
Marquees look magical standing on the grassy expanse of the Outer Court in the shadow of the Little Castle. With columns, heraldic carvings and huge archways framing vistas of breathtaking countryside beyond, the ruined Terrace Range is a magnificent backdrop as guests toast your future with drinks.