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Bolsover Castle – built for entertaining and splendid living

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30th May 2010

As the last stop for my roadtrip in May, I have chosen Bolsover Castle for the next destination. Castles are usually built for defense however it was not the case for Bolsover Castle. The buildings still standing today were built in the 17th Century by Sir Charles Cavendish and his son William Cavendish. The inner keep, called ‘Little Castle’, is beautifully restored with very interesting wall and ceilings paintings.

Included in the ticket is an audio tour. Remember to allow about at least 3 hours to fully explore this attraction and also allocate more time for the Little Castle as there are some very interesting paintings and decorations there.

Globenomads review rating: 4/5
The audio tour is good and educational with a lot of interesting information. Marvel at the exotic and intricate paintings at your leisure.
(please refer to ratings explanation)

Visitor information:
English Heritage Property
Admission: adult £7.40, child £3.70, Concessions £6.30, Family £18.50, EH members free
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Free parking


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Travel, Attractions, United Kingdom, Bolsover Castle, Entrance
The entrance and visitor shop.

Travel, Attractions, United Kingdom, Bolsover Castle, external courtyard

Travel, Attractions, United Kingdom, Bolsover Castle, archery demostration
2 staff were doing demonstrations with the crossbow and the long bow.

Travel, Attractions, United Kingdom, Bolsover Castle, archery demostration
Notice how the arrows bend.

Travel, Attractions, United Kingdom, Bolsover Castle, archery demostration
Travel, Attractions, United Kingdom, Bolsover Castle, inner courtyard

The courtyard.

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A model of Bolsover Castle.

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The Venus Fountain.

Travel, Attractions, United Kingdom, Bolsover Castle, Venus Fountain
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Little Castle

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Travel, Attractions, United Kingdom, Bolsover Castle, ceiling painting
Travel, Attractions, United Kingdom, Bolsover Castle, ceiling painting
Travel, Attractions, United Kingdom, Bolsover Castle, ceiling painting

I think the 4 paintings represent the 4 cardinal virtues temperance, prudence, fortitude and justice. They are explained in the audio tour but I can’t remember. If you know, please leave a comment.

Travel, Attractions, United Kingdom, Bolsover Castle, Star Chamber

The Star Chamber.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted July 3, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Oh, a real life Robin Hood there. Btw, I absolutely love the paintings on the walls and ceilings. Thanks for sharing!

    David
    Malaysia Asia

  2. Posted July 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    Hi David,

    thanks for visiting and your kind comments.

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