Facilities at Bolsover Castle


50 metres from entrance, with disabled and family parking spaces. Charge payable refunded on admission. A new token system will be in place for visitors shortly. Additional (free) parking is available in Bolsover itself, including some just to the left of the Castle.

Food and Drink

There is a large café with lovely views of the Riding House. It serves hot and cold meals, sandwiches and soup. If you would like something lighter, we have delicious homemade cakes, hot and cold drinks. A vegetarian choice is available and we can make sandwiches to order if required.

A selection of ice-creams and sweets is also available in the Visitor Centre.

See our Food and Drink page for more details of what we offer at Bolsover Castle.

Picnic Area

You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in our large grassed, picnic area with its lovely view of the Riding House. Picnic benches provided.


Our shop sells a wide selection of English Heritage gifts, including jams and chutneys; toys and books; stationery and cards; heritage related collectables and much more!


Toilets, including toilets for those with limited mobility, are located in the Visitor Centre and next to the Riding House. Baby changing facilities available.


Dogs on leads welcome in the grounds only. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed in the Little Castle or at the Cavalier Horsemanship displays. 



There is a Discovery Centre in the stables with audio visual displays.

The 'Caesar' paintings commissioned by Cavendish and depicting Roman emperors and empresses, are exhibited in the Little Castle.

We have a fantastic family-friendly interactive exhibition in the Riding House stables which introduces the site and explores the legacy of William Cavendish, his passion for horses and his contribution to the modern art of dressage. Includes dressing-up clothes and a replica 17th century saddle children can sit on. See the model and film of the Little Castle, and find out about a lavish banquet held there for the king and queen in 1634.

Please note the timeline exhibition may be removed for weddings, please call the site in advance for details.


Small, sheltered walled garden with gentle fountain in its centre.

There is loads of room for children and families to run around and play, or to have a peaceful stroll. You are welcome to play ball games and fly kites but please do this away from the main buildings and castle itself.

Audio Tours

Audio Tour Availability
Audio tour with hearing loop included in admission price (subject to availability at busy times and may not be available on event days). The tour covers the whole site, from the entrance right through the Little Castle.

Family Friendly

Baby Changing Facilities
Toilets with baby changing facilities located in the visitors centre and next to the Riding House.
Children's Audio Tour
Child Sized Portions
Two high chairs available in the cafe.
Play Areas / Adventure Playground
There is a large grassed area right outside the cafe for children to let off steam whilst adults enjoy a quiet cup of tea. We have lots of space for children to run around in. You are welcome to play ball games and fly kites but please do this away from the main buildings and castle itself.
Pushchairs Allowed
Toy/Dressing Up Box
Dressing-up box located in the Riding House.


Family Learning
Plenty of things to do for families and children. Please see our events page for a fun-filled family day out.
Interpretation for Children
Family friendly exhibition and education section.


Foreign Language Guidebooks
Some information available in French and German. Please ask in the visitor centre for details.

Venue Hire

Available for Event Hire
Bolsover Castle is available for private and corporate events.
Civil Weddings

Commercial Photography and Filming

English Heritage welcomes all photographers to our sites and we hope you will share your pictures with us on Flickr and Facebook.

We do have some restrictions at certain locations, so if photography is your main reason for visiting, please call the site ahead of your visit to check if any parts of the site are restricted.

We are keen to promote the use of our sites to location managers. If you are interested please go to (Filming Locations) for more information and contacts.


Site Telephone
01246 822844
Customer Services
0870 333 1181
Tourist Information
Chesterfield: 01246345777
Castle Street, Bolsover, Derbyshire - S44 6PR
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A guide book is available for this property.