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Tutbury Castle

Tutbury Castle Castle Street, Tutbury DE13 9JF, England
+44 1283 812129
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A visit with a very active toddler!

Tutbury Castle is a romantic ruin- just the right size was for a toddlers first castle experience... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Jjo W
Derby, United Kingdom
War weekend

A great day out at Tutbury castle well organised and plenty to see lots of people in 1940s fashions... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
stoke on trent
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tuated in the heart of England, Tutbury Castle sits on wooded slopes overlooking the winding River Dove, with spectacular views across the plain of the Dove to the beautiful Derbyshire hills. Its commanding view and natural defensive position makes this an obvious site for a castle. Occupied since the Stone Age, the castle is first recorded in 1071, as one of the new castles built to stamp the authority of the Norman conquerors across the Midlands. Since then, the castle has played an important part in English history on many occasions, in warfare and in peace. The castle is best known as one of the prisons of Mary Queen of Scots, who was held here on four occasions. It was here that she became involved in the plot that ultimately led to her bloody execution at Fotheringhay. Seat of the de Ferrers family, and later of the earls and dukes of Lancaster, Tutbury was also one of the great centers of power in medieval England. It was visited by many English kings, and home to the great John of Gaunt, 2nd Duke of Lancaster, who established a great annual feast. This tradition lasted for hundreds of years. It also had its bloodier side, as it was besieged, destroyed and rebuilt several times. It was destroyed for the last time by Act of Parliament in 1647-48, after holding out for Charles I in the Civil War. The destruction was incomplete, leaving the dramatic ruins that we see today, and the castle has never been completely abandoned. Since 2000, the castle has taken on a new life, welcoming thousands of visitors every year. With historical re-enactment, archaeological excavation, an authentic Tudor garden and mediaeval herbery, the ‘haunted’ Great Hall and King’s Bedroom, and of course the tearoom, there’s something for everyone.
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Tutbury Castle Castle Street, Tutbury DE13 9JF, England
+44 1283 812129
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Reviewed yesterday

Tutbury Castle is a romantic ruin- just the right size was for a toddlers first castle experience. We went on an ordinary Saturday, in scorching heat. It was quiet, and the toddler was able to explore, make quite a lot of noise and run around...More

Thank Jjo W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A great day out at Tutbury castle well organised and plenty to see lots of people in 1940s fashions and uniforms a plenty with stalls selling all the above a great day out

Thank pua1964
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went as a group to listen to Lesley Smith tell us all about how things were in Lady Godiva's era and what a fascinating performance she gave. history came alive. She is a special lady with lots of talent and an amazing knowledge and...More

1  Thank Mike M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been here a couple of times, recently for the WW2 display which was excellent. Not often you see German displays. Only down side is that they have varying entrance costs. Different price for weekdays, weekends & even more for bank holidays, which is a bit...More

Thank Yvonne C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There's not a lot of castle as it's very old and ruined but Lesley Smith and her team make it a very unique and inexpensive day out. It's also not rip off Britain with the food prices in the cafe being very reasonable not like...More

Thank tamar839
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was at Tutbury on Sunday for the 1940s weekend which was excellent, so many displays of WW2 clothing, weapons, vehicles and lots of other items from the era. They even had Nazi soldiers there which I've not seen at other similar events I suppose...More

Thank Gary C
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

Great day out the English heritage were there The mock village in the castle ruins was fascinating depicting life in a bygone age The people very friendly and very informative There was a mock battle a reenactment of battles in the early medical days Places...More

Thank Miniwash1
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

Great day out, lovely little castle and it fills an afternoon or morning. Tea room isn't that badly priced and the food was nice too. Parking for £1 is not bad either.

Thank Sarah-Jayne W
Reviewed 27 April 2017

I love Tutbury Castle and have been most pleased that Lesley Smith brings it to life. It has a long and noble history from the time of de Ferrars, to John of Gaunt, Mary Queen of Scots and the Civil War and the Victorians. It...More

Thank Harriet169
Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

A wonderful and eventful night spent at Tutbury Castle and Lesley Smith did an amazing job recreating the history in our minds. You couldn't ask for a nicer person to give you a tour of this magnificent building. You can feel how passionate she is...More

Thank Sarah W
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Catherine M
What is parking like on a busy bank holiday ?
30 April 2017|
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Response from Phil G | Reviewed this property |
Never had a problem. The car park size is deceptive. For larger events there are attendants to show you where to park. It's along uphill walk if you park in the village.