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Tutbury Castle

Tutbury Castle Castle Street, Tutbury DE13 9JF, England
+44 1283 812129
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Fantastic Day Out

Today we visited with a large group. Mary Queen of Scots was absolutely fantastic! The knowledge... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lordhill
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Heanor
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The Vikings - Should’ve been called off

So, it is April, and a bank holiday so should really have expected rain! We arrived around midday... read more

Reviewed 2 April 2018
Man1cmom
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westmids
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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Today we visited with a large group. Mary Queen of Scots was absolutely fantastic! The knowledge and performance was second to none and truly took you back! So fluid was the performance you could easily believe it was really Mary! History was brought to life!...More

Thank Lordhill
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

So, it is April, and a bank holiday so should really have expected rain! We arrived around midday and the castle car park was full, well, full or not in use due to the amount of mud on the field. There were cars lining the...More

Thank Man1cmom
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Reviewed 21 March 2018

Visited last September. And enjoyed the site and very knowledgable curator who enacted a character from the past to great effect. Nice tea shop too. A must for children to visit and be a knight or invader on the battlements. Lots of family fun.

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Reviewed 11 March 2018

Not sure what I was expecting as went for a photography day. The day itself was OK although little disappointed most of the models were WW2. I was hoping for some medieval or viking etc. Castle itself is pretty basic set of ruins and to...More

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Reviewed 31 January 2018 via mobile

Lesley Smith is an inspiration and visionary in bringing history back to life with a flare and sensitivity, respect. Looking forward to visiting again in 2018 at least once.

Thank Heinz S
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

Just before I say anything else, the ticket office don't accept cards, you won't be allowed in if you don't take cash with you!!!! It's not an expensive trip out and if you are expecting to see a full castle you will be disappointed!!! The...More

1  Thank Pippa P
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Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

This was our first time for the firework display. We all enjoyed the Viking Camp and warrior demonstrations. A few of the Vikings were very friendly and didn’t mind being asked for a photo with my son, thank you! He even got to hold their...More

1  Thank AmyHollis13
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Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Was very disappointed,the minute we walked in the staff was very unwelcoming,if you don’t want to be there find another job,we had to queue at the hot dog stand which also did cheese burgers which I really wanted a cheese burger by the time we...More

1  Thank Cheryl B
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Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

My review relates solely to the Viking fireworks spectacular and not to the castle in general, which I have not visited apart from at this event. At over £8 per ticket, this is not a cheap fireworks display. The doors open at about 5 o’clock,...More

Thank JTPMidlands
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Reviewed 18 October 2017 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
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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.
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