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    Welcome to Bolsover

    This historic and traditional English town is brimming with heritage and boasts an imposing castle, independent shops and friendly places to eat and drink.

    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.

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    Bolsover Castle

    This hilltop castle was built as a fashionable retreat for 17th-Century courtiers to entertain influential guests. Now its reputation for revelry…


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    Creswell Crags

    Wooly mammoths roamed the lands around Creswell Crags, and nomadic Neanderthal man sought shelter in Creswell Crags’ caves whilst they were following…


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    The Devonshire

    The Devonshire brings restaurant quality food at gastropub prices to Upper Langwith. Food served daily from Sunday roasts to lunchtime favourites…


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    Derbyshire Pony Trekking

    Enjoy off-road horse riding for all ages and abilities in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside.


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    Hardwick Hall

    Home to one of the most influential women in the Elizabethan realm, Hardwick Hall is the culmination of the personality and ambition of its builder…


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    East Midlands Designer Outlet

    Discover over 65 designer brands offering savings of up to 60% less than RRP at East Midlands Designer Outlet.


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    Cundy House

    The Cundy House was built in the early 17th century to provide a water supply for Bolsover Castle


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    Stable Cottage

    Stable Cottage is a modern dog-friendly barn conversion, within the charming hamlet of Belph in Derbyshire on the edge of the Welbeck estate.


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    Hardwick Old Hall

    Discover the full story of Bess of Hardwick with access to both the first time.


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    Mosborough Hall Hotel

    Mosborough Hall Hotel is steeped in history being originally a 12th century manor house. Offering a great base to explore the Peak District, the…


    Peter Fidler Nature Reserve

    Peter Fidler Reserve sits on the former Bolsover Coal Mine South Tip. The tip has been transformed with a number of valuable habitats


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    Eat the day away at East Midlands Designer Outlet

    Feed your soul (as well as your wardrobe) ) with over 12 cafes and restaurants to satisfy your cravings!


    Events in Bolsover

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    Rowthorne Well Dressing

    Well dressing is the art of decorating springs and wells, or places close to where wells used stand, with pictures made from natural growing things


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    Whitwell Well Dressing

    This ancient custom is all but unique to Derbyshire. It's the art of decorating wells and springs with pictures made using only natural materials.


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    The Big Brick Build at Bolsover Castle

    Get creative with our master builders and help us bring history to life with LEGO® bricks.


    Our great itineraries

    Castles, Markets & Spires

    Explore the lesser-known North East of Derbyshire, near Chesterfield.


    Trails near Bolsover

    Bolsover Town Walk

    This short walk takes you through the ancient streets of Bolsover to discover the treasures often hidden in plain sight.

    Bolsover to Carr Vale Nature Reserve - Walking…

    This lovely walk takes you out of Bolsover on quiet footpaths, offering wonderful views over the surrounding open countryside.


    Bolsover Castle to Sutton Scarsdale Hall walk

    This countryside walk starts and ends in the market town of Bolsover and links together two historically significant buildings, Bolsover Castle and…


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