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Address: Tutbury Castle Castle Street, Tutbury DE13 9JF, England
Phone Number: +44 1283 812129
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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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very quaint

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... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

visited here on bonfire night having previously buying our tickets on-line.we arrived at to find plenty of parking space,the gates opened at 6 p.m there was a couple of food tents and a viking village set up.there where viking gladitorial games to keep the kids amused as well as some adults,later a viking funeral was staged followed by a firework... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited this evening with my Son, daughter-in-law and 3 grandchildren specifically for the promised spectacular firework display. A thoroughly entertaining evening with a fire-eater, Viking duels and displays and a truly awesome fireworks show. Reasonably priced BBQ, bar and sundry stalls on site kept all fed and watered. The children loved it, the adults really enjoyed it and so it... More 

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Thank Phil G
South Derbyshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Had the most amazing night, lots of activity. The hosts & medium were fab. Lesley is so lovely, just a shame she couldn't stay with us longer. Looking forward to the next spooky event!!

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Manchester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

My father's 75th birthday location. The lunchtime/afternoon event was held here. Relatively easy to get to, with good road sign directions. The castle has some interesting history and you can get a 'feel' for its historic importance. I'm not sure it is more than a visit or a few hours stay unless you do what we did, but there is... More 

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