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Peveril Castle

Type:Castle

Market Place
Castleton
Hope Valley
Derbyshire
S33 8WQ
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Peveril Castle

About

The imposing ruins of Peveril Castle stand high above the pretty village of Castleton in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District.

Mentioned in the Domesday survey, Peveril Castle is one of England’s earliest Norman fortresses. The castle was built sometime between 1066 and 1086. It was named after William Peveril, who was given the title of bailiff of the Royal Manors of the Peak after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Some historians believe Peveril was the illegitimate son of William the Conqueror. The keep was built by Henry II in 1176.

A climb to the castle at the top of the hill to enjoy the breathtaking views over the Hope Valley is a highlight of a family day out in Castleton. Explore the remains of the keep including the garderobe (medieval lavatory!). Displays in the visitor centre tell the story of Peveril as the administrative focus of the Royal Forest of the Peak, a royal hunting preserve since the 11th century.

The castle fell into disuse after Tudor times, and by the 17th century only the keep was in use - as a courthouse. When this was abandoned the castle gradually became ruined until what remained was restored this century. 

Inside the courtyard it is possible to trace the foundations of a hall, kitchens and other buildings, but it is the view across the surrounding countryside, encompassing Castleton and Cavedale, which is the real highlight.

The castle is now in the care of English Heritage.

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Guide Prices

NON GIFT AID
Adult –5.10
Conc – 4.60
Child – 3.00
Family – 13.20

GIFT AID
Adult – 5.70
Conc – 5.10
Child – 3.40
Family -14.80

Awards

  • Other AwardsEnglish Heritage English Heritage 2016

Facilities

Children

  • Children welcome

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop

Opening Times

* Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Peveril Castle will reopen on 1st August 3 days per week (Fri-Sun). Pre-booking essential.
Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Boxing Day Bank Holiday, New Years Eve, New Years Day

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4 of 5 stars
  • Travelers Choice 2021
  • Excellent
    163
  • Very Good
    215
  • Average
    114
  • Poor
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  • Terrible
    8

Recent Reviews:

  • Daveyaki
    Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Lovely castle and keep. Worth popping in for if you can walk up steep slopes.
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 26th August 2021
    Lovely walk and castle/keep. Steep walk though and reception guy could be a little warmer than a mannequin. Just grunted when we asked which way to go. There was another chap there who was great to... Read full review
  • Clare C
    Salford, United Kingdom
    Amazing views
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 6th September 2021
    We enjoyed visiting Peveril castle recently and spent about an hour here. There's a steep walk up to the castle ruins from the main entrance but worth it for the views - amazing. There's... Read full review
  • lionelw564
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Quite a steep climb, but well worth the effort
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 7th September 2021
    There are a number of seats and benches on the path to the castle. We used most of them on the way up. Read full review

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From M1 - Exit Junction 29 to Chesterfield. At second roundabout turn left on to A619. At Baslow get on to A623 and keep on this road for approx 5/6 miles, then turn right on to B6049 through the village of Bradwell. At junction turn left on to A6187 through Hope to Castleton.From Manchester - Join A626 at Stockport, through Hazel Grove on A6. Keep on A6 until Chapel-en-le-Frith where you will pick up signs for A625 Blue John Cavern. Follow this past Blue John Cavern by way of hairpin bend to right. Approx 100 metres take left turn down Winnats Pass into Castleton.From Sheffield - A625 leading on to A6187 straight through to Castleton or A57 until reservoir, left on to A6187 to Castleton.The entrance to the castle is at the end of Castle Street in the centre of the village but parking is difficult in high season.

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