Bolsover Castle

Bolsover Castle is a 25 mile (45 min) drive east from Six Litton Mill. Head towards Tideswell then take the A619 east. Bolsover Castle is located in the town of Bolsover, (grid reference SK471707).

Built in the early 17th century, the present castle lies on the earthworks and ruins of the 12th-century medieval castle; the first structure of the present castle was built between 1612 and 1617 by Sir Charles Cavendish. The site is now in the care of the English Heritage charity, as both a Grade I listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

In 2017 the site was voted the spookiest site by English Heritage staff. Mysterious footsteps, a boy holding visitors’ hands, muffled voices and unexplained lights are among the events reported to have occurred.

Part 12th century medieval palace ruins and part 17th century Elizabethan renaissance mansion, Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire is a unique and internationally important structure. Once home to Cavalier playboy Sir William Cavendish who entertained King Charles I and his Queen at a grand Masque at Bolsover Castle that is said to have bankrupted him for the rest of his life. This event and others held within the walls of this eccentric castle tell the story of the tensions between king and state in the early 17th century that eventually led to civil war in England.

See the English Heritage website for further information

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