Check out our guide on how to spend 48 hours in Bolsover and discover everything from circular walks to amazing attractions with breathtaking views, peaceful beauty spots and hidden courtyard.
The town is perhaps best known for the fairy-tale Bolsover Castle, which stands high above the town. Even though it looks like a castle, it's actually an elegant 17th century mansion that was designed to entertain and impress!
The castle includes an impressive wall walk with panoramic views, an indoor Riding School (which hosts spectacular dressage displays), and numerous impressive rooms.
Other nearby attractions include the National Trust's Hardwick Hall, an Elizabethan gem built by the formidable Bess of Hardwick in the 1500s, and Creswell Crags, which charts life during the last Ice Age and is home to Britain's only Ice Age cave art!
Bolsover is also bursting with specialist shops and vibrant events, including the annual Bolsover Food and Drink Festival. The town has a host of independent cafes, pubs and restaurants serving local produce, plus the unique shopping court of Old Bolsover Yard where you can discover hidden gems ranging from local beer to floristry and crafts.
Markets in Bolsover are held in Cotton Street on Tuesdays and Friday (8.30am-1pm), with a flea market from 8.30am-1pm on Thursdays.
Bolsover is situated on the edge of the Peak District, with fast access to the M1, the town of Chesterfield and the city of Sheffield. Offering the perfect balance between town and country, it also offers a wealth of opportunities for outdoor pursuits, including horse riding, cycling and walking.
In The Area
Enjoy off-road horse riding for all ages and abilities in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside.
This hilltop castle was built as a fashionable retreat for 17th-Century courtiers to entertain influential guests. Now its reputation for revelry…
Estimated to have been built in the 17th Century, Sanctuary Garden has been beautifully transformed, lovingly exposing, refurbishing and 'showcasing'…
As its name suggests, the Pleasley Pit Country Park is a reclaimed colliery site. It’s now a Local Nature Reserve with a wide variety of habitats for…
Plan an adventure in the Peak District with Premier Inn Hotel Mansfield. With great transport links nearby, you'll be ideally placed for exploring…
Peter Fidler Reserve sits on the former Bolsover Coal Mine South Tip. The tip has been transformed with a number of valuable habitats
Set in the beautiful surroundings of the shopping emporium Old Bolsover Yard and just a stones throw away from Bolsover Castle, the Coffee Cup is an…
The Devonshire brings restaurant quality food at gastropub prices to Upper Langwith. Food served daily from Sunday roasts to lunchtime favourites…
Willow Tree Family farm is a charity farm based in Shirebrook designed to help children and young people and is run by a group of dedicated volunteers
A stylish three-storey property renovated to a high standard, boasting bespoke features among original character, nestled in the hustle and bustle of…
Mosborough Hall Hotel is steeped in history being originally a 12th century manor house. Offering a great base to explore the Peak District, the…
Walks near Bolsover
Trails Bolsover Town Walk
This short walk takes you through the ancient streets of Bolsover to discover the treasures often hidden in plain sight.
Trails Bolsover Castle to Sutton Scarsdale Hall
This countryside walk starts and ends in the market town of Bolsover and links together two historically significant buildings, Bolsover Castle and Sutton Scarsdale Hall.
Trails Bolsover to Carr Vale Nature Reserve - Walking Route
This lovely walk takes you out of Bolsover on quiet footpaths, offering wonderful views over the surrounding open countryside.
Blog 48 hours in Bolsover: Circular walks and hidden gems
Head off the beaten path to discover this hidden gem of a town.
Sign up to our newsletter
Receive the latest news, special offers, ideas and inspiration straight to your inbox by signing up to the Visit Peak District & Derbyshire e-newsletter.