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Tutbury Castle

Tutbury Castle Castle Street, Tutbury DE13 9JF, England
+44 1283 812129
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History brought to life

Went on my first visit to Tutbury Castle as one of a group. We arrived after darkness had fallen... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Derby, United Kingdom
via mobile
lovely sunday morning

mary queen of scots made the time at the castle really interesting for me and my family ,although... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
ruth f
Derby, United Kingdom
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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 6 days ago via mobile

Went on my first visit to Tutbury Castle as one of a group. We arrived after darkness had fallen, on a misty autumn evening, and the approach to the castle was very atmospheric. I had not appreciated that the Castle stands on such a high...More

Thank LizaDee
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

mary queen of scots made the time at the castle really interesting for me and my family ,although there isn't much of the castle standing the views from the walls are great and it is a lovely setting

Thank ruth f
Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our day out at Tunbury Castle. There wasn't visitors (10 max) when we been there, which was good becuase we could have a proper look around and take some nice pictures ! Very nice coffee shop ❤️

Thank Klaudia B
Reviewed 30 August 2017

We visit lots of historic sites but were disappointed by the lack of information and willingness by those on site to impart any facts. We were told at the ticket booth there was a 'lady in the hall' who would tell us about the place....More

1  Thank shD8685OX
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

This was the second year that we have visited during the Fairytale themed weekend (August Bank Holiday) and despite a few minor glitches it was a fantastic day. My little girl (four and a half) loved meeting Moana, Cinderella, Belle, Ariel, Snow White and a...More

Thank Simon K
Reviewed 27 August 2017

We absolutely loved our day out at Tutbury Castle. Although it was a little pricey, we had an amazing time with a story about the castle and a fairytale enchanted day around the inner gardens with princesses, Barons, Robbers and Queens and Kings plus all...More

1  Thank Lorna T
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

Found this castle/ ruins whilst driving through town. Stopped for an hour to explore. Very interesting and nicely kept grounds. We were able to take our dog around the outdoor site which was a bonus. Kids loved to climb the high hill to explore the...More

1  Thank shellyboo2
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

I attended a wedding here this weekend. What a beautiful venue. The room the wedding was held in holds about 40 people and was upstairs. It's a shame that they don't allow parking a little closer as it isn't easy walking up to the castle...More

Thank Liverpoolgirl001
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Have been here a few years on the run with young and older family members. We have experienced a variety of their days including war weekend and fairy tales on more than one occasion. It never fails to amaze us. Staff are friendly and helpful...More

Thank Cpayne1234
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

We had a delightful visit to Tutbury Castle today, which sits beautifully on top of a hill in rural Staffordshire. The location is well known for being one of the prisons in which Mary Queen of Scots was held, on 4 different occasions. She plotted...More

Thank Kevin B
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Catherine M
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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.