Check out our guide on how to spend 48 hours in Bolsover and discover everything from circular walks to amazing attractions with breathtaking views, peaceful beauty spots and hidden courtyard.
A market town with a rich and interesting history, Bolsover is a place full of hidden gems just waiting to be uncovered.
The town is perhaps best known for the fairy-tale Bolsover Castle, which stands high above the town. Even though it looks like a castle, it's actually an elegant 17th century mansion that was designed to entertain and impress!
Seemingly hidden away as you approach but once inside you can spend the day exploring rooms and the old ruins discovering hidden places. The castle includes an impressive wall walk with panoramic views, an indoor Riding School (which hosts spectacular dressage displays), and numerous impressive rooms.
Other nearby attractions include the National Trust's Hardwick Hall, an Elizabethan gem built by the formidable Bess of Hardwick in the 1500s, and Creswell Crags, which charts life during the last Ice Age and is home to Britain's only Ice Age cave art!
Bolsover is also bursting with specialist shops and vibrant events, including the annual Bolsover Food and Drink Festival. The town has a host of independent cafes, pubs and restaurants serving local produce, plus the unique shopping court of Old Bolsover Yard where you can discover hidden gems ranging from local beer to floristry and crafts.
Markets in Bolsover are held in Cotton Street on Tuesdays and Friday (8.30am-1pm), with a flea market from 8.30am-1pm on Thursdays.
Bolsover is situated on the edge of the Peak District, with fast access to the M1, the town of Chesterfield and the city of Sheffield. Offering the perfect balance between town and country, it also offers a wealth of opportunities for outdoor pursuits, including horse riding, cycling and walking.
In The Area
This hilltop castle was built as a fashionable retreat for 17th-Century courtiers to entertain influential guests. Now its reputation for revelry…
The Cundy House was built in the early 17th century to provide a water supply for Bolsover Castle
Enjoy off-road horse riding for all ages and abilities in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside.
Hardwick Old Hall is currently closed for conservation. If you are visiting National Trust Hardwick Hall, please make sure to check their website for…
Mosborough Hall Hotel is steeped in history being originally a 12th century manor house. Offering a great base to explore the Peak District, the…
Stable Cottage is a modern dog-friendly barn conversion, within the charming hamlet of Belph in Derbyshire on the edge of the Welbeck estate.
Wooly mammoths roamed the lands around Creswell Crags, and nomadic Neanderthal man sought shelter in Creswell Crags’ caves whilst they were following…
The Devonshire brings restaurant quality food at gastropub prices to Upper Langwith. Food served daily from Sunday roasts to lunchtime favourites…
Peter Fidler Reserve sits on the former Bolsover Coal Mine South Tip. The tip has been transformed with a number of valuable habitats
Events in Bolsover
Share a special winter with the family at Hardwick Wintertide this year, chase lights and shadows around the hall as you tour by lantern light.
Join in the festive fun with Father Christmas at Bolsover Castle as the man himself tells seasonal stories among the traditional decorations.
Our great itineraries
Trails near Bolsover
This short walk takes you through the ancient streets of Bolsover to discover the treasures often hidden in plain sight.
This lovely walk takes you out of Bolsover on quiet footpaths, offering wonderful views over the surrounding open countryside.
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