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Address: Tutbury Castle Castle Street, Tutbury DE13 9JF, England
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+44 1283 812129

tuated in the heart of England, Tutbury Castle sits on wooded slopes...

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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Great display for fire works bit boring for sight seeing

Every year we go for the fire work display which is extremely good. We did go again for a ghost hunt night but it was very disappointing the lady put on a good show but basically... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Every year we go for the fire work display which is extremely good. We did go again for a ghost hunt night but it was very disappointing the lady put on a good show but basically described a panic attack to a ghostly encounter. Then the dungeons had people hiding in the corners to jump out on you as the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Booked Tutbury castle for my husband's 30th birthday for something a bit different and as it is a walk from our house. Lovely evening with great food. Great atmosphere in the room and we had the option of using the room next door for some guests who had children. Lauren was excellent answering emails and arranging details right up to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Ent in a ghost tour hear many moons ago, not worth doing as the so called medium kept chucking stones to make out there were spirits in the room, but the place was very spooky. The best time for a visit is in the day, small but perfectly formed, just what you imagine a castle ruin should be. The history... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Now I kind of feel torn doing this review as I have visited Tutbury Castle many times over the past thirty years. I used to perform in the shows there way back in the late 80's - early 90's, but recently I just visit for the events. I have to say that when the current custodian took over, things took... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

We attended an Afternoon Tea with Queen Elizabeth I and we were not disappointed, clearly these events help to maintain a Wedding Venue. Tutbury Castle is a Must and well worth a visit with fantastic views over the Staffordshire/Derbyshire Countryside. The staff serving the exceptional traditional High Tea were great and kept us supplied with pots of Tea and coffee... More 

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Lauren H, Event Coordinator at Tutbury Castle, responded to this review

The team and myself would like to thank you for your excellent review. We are pleased you enjoyed yourself and we look forward to welcoming you back to the castle on another occasion. Kind regards, Tutbury Castle Team More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

More of a ruin than full castle, visited when there was a medieval event on and it was great fun. The additional things to see and do certainly extended the stay, but there were some beautiful views.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

This is our 3rd year here fireworks are amazing but that's it. First year we came brillant fair, stalls with cakes etc last year no fair but had cake stalls and this year a hook a duck and one kids ride and no cake stalls. Queue to get in gave up and parked in the village and walked up 7... More 

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

Just want to say a big thank you for a wonderful bonfire night. Great atmosphere and the most beautiful firework display in this majestic setting. We stayed locally after we travelled from Warrington and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Very memorable. THANK YOU!!! x

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

We went to the annual firework night celebrations. I have to say I thought the description of what to expect was a little over-rated. We visited with a 7 & 9 year old and none of us enjoyed the fire eating or Vikings. The fireworks were good though. I have visited Tutbury Castle on many occasions & I love it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Viking display was ok but fireworks were fantastic. Well worth a visit. Food on site was quite expensive but hot drinks good value.

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