Discover the history of Bolsover Castle with your students, to bring learning about 1066 and 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. There is a new exhibition in the stables, with a fascinating film about Cavendish and the castle, plus Cavalier Horsemanship horse displays every weekend from April to September.
Cover a range of topics across the key stages:
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
Discover the rooms of the Terrace Range and Riding House Range, and explore the Little Castle, with its exquisite interior decoration and impressive Wall Walk. You can also download our free teaching resources to help support learning before, during and after your visit.
There are generally no limits to the size of education group, provided the group meets our ratios for leaders to learners.
Many of our sites have education rooms that can be booked. Please check the relevant schools property page before making a booking.
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Our facilities have been designed to be as accessible as possible in order to meet the different needs of our visitors. A summary of the facilities provided can be found on our schools property pages.
If you or anyone in your group has particular access needs, please let us know at the point of booking or get in touch with our bookings team before you visit. Please note that some facilities may require booking in advance.
English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites - from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of the empire to a Cold War bunker. Through these, we bring the story of England to life for over 10 million people each year, over 300,000 of whom are education visitors.
We’re the largest heritage provider of school trips and provide a wealth of free educational resources, alongside expert-led, paid-for workshops for KS1-4. The high-quality of our education provision has been recognised most recently with a number of Sandford awards. Caring for our places and their collections, for the benefit of this and future generations is a cornerstone of everything we do.
We are a charity, no. 1140351, and a company, no. 07447221, registered in England.