Discover the history of Bolsover Castle with your students, to bring learning about medieval castles and the 17th century to life. The castle as it appears today is based on Charles Cavendish's work in the 1600's, and you can explore the sumptuous rooms of the Little Castle, the Riding School, the Terrace Range and the Wall Walk.
This imposing 17th century castle provides fabulous education opportunities for students, particularly in art, history and geography.
- KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places; study of castles
- KS1-3 History: A local history study
- KS1-4 Art & Design: The Little Castle contains murals and paintings on panels, as well as exquisite ceilings and fireplaces
- KS2 History: A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066
- KS2-3 Geography: Understand the processes influencing changing landscape; understand the strategic significance of the castle’s position
- KS3 History: The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1066-1509 and 1509-1745; the causes and events of the civil wars throughout Britain
Free Self-led Visits
Enjoy a free self-led visit to Bolsover Castle and walk in the footsteps of Charles I who visited prior to the English Civil War. Explore the Little Castle designed to look like a Norman keep, and see if your pupils can identify the features that make this an impressive mansion rather than a defensive structure. Take in the stunning views from the restored Wall Walk and visit the Riding House Range, created in the 1600s as a place to train horses in the spectacular art of dressage. Lead your class on an interactive tour using our free multimedia guide, bringing to life the people, buildings, art and architecture of Bolsover Castle during the Stuart period.Enquire now
Plan Your Visit
We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. You can find all our site-specific information and tools below, and further information on our what to expect page.
Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip. We also offer free planning visits once you have made a booking, plus a 20% discount on the official English Heritage guidebook for your place of choice.
Once you book your visit you’ll be sent a visit permit, which you’ll need to bring with you on the day.
Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip!
Bolsover Castle Schools Multimedia Guide (KS2)
Use this information in this pack to get the most out of our interactive multimedia guide during your visit to Bolsover Castle.
Teaching Tudors and Stuarts
Use historical information, learning activities and tips from our historians, curators and educational experts to support your teaching of the Tudors and Stuarts.
Meet a Horse Trainer
Join William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle, at Bolsover Castle to learn more about how he trained horses in the art of manège in his grand riding school.
Postcard from Bolsover Castle
Take to the skies above Bolsover Castle to discover the site and its surroundings.
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If you’d like more information about a site or one of our workshops, get in touch using the online form on our bookings page to speak to your local Education Visits Officer. We look forward to seeing you soon.