The imposing ruins of Peveril Castle stand high above the pretty village of Castleton in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District. Mentioned in the Domesday survey, Peveril Castle is one of England’s earliest Norman fortresses. The keep was built by Henry II in 1176.
A climb to the castle at the top of the hill to enjoy the breathtaking views over the Hope Valley is a highlight of a family day out in Castleton. Explore the remains of the keep including the garderobe (medieval lavatory)!
Displays in the visitor centre tell the story of Peveril as the administrative focus of the Royal Forest of the Peak, a royal hunting preserve since the 11th century.
Read more about the life of children in medieval castles in this exclusive preview from our Members' magazine.
Medieval Fighting Knights
Sat 26 - Sun 27 Jul
Marvel at our noble knights as they take on the ultimate medieval tournament. Swords will be wielded and helmets battered - who will reign supreme and become champion?
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Market Place, Castleton, Derbyshire - S33 8WQ
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