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.
NON GIFT AID
Conc – 4.60
Child – 3.00
Family – 13.20
Adult – 5.70
Conc – 5.10
Child – 3.40
- Other Awards English Heritage 2016
- Children welcome
- Gift shop
* 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
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good218
- apophisguardStoke-on-Trent, United KingdomTrip Type:Solo travel5 stars? Really?? Maybe there are two Peveril Castles???Saturday, 22nd October 2022I visited here on Friday 21st October 2022 as I've always wanted to go here. Now to be fair, the weather on the day of my visited was AWFUL, so this may have tainted my impression of the... Read full review
- Angela49923New England, North DakotaTrip Type:CouplesGreat visit on a wet day.Saturday, 5th November 2022Had a brilliant tour from Brian one of the volunteers. He brought the castle alive and had so much knowledge. If you are able to join a tour it certainly enhances the experience. It's a bit of a step... Read full review
- X6840UGnathanbTrip Type:CouplesVolunteer guide was fantasticSunday, 13th November 2022The Castle was brought to life by the volunteer guide, Brian's talk. What would have been maybe a half hour wander round the ruins not knowing what we were really looking at, became way over an hour... Read full review
Map & 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.