Embark on a medieval journey to Peveril Castle! Set your imaginations ablaze as you step back into the realms formerly ruled by William Peveril. Explore nearby caverns & caves too! Take on the perilous quest through the dark cave mouth of Cave Dale and listen for the echoes of the ancient past...
The Castle's History
The proud ruins of Peveril Castle stand high above the pretty village of Castleton
in the heart of Derbyshire's Peak District. The castle originally stood on a high hill overlooking the Hope Valley and a deep cave, the ‘Peak Cavern’
. The castle became iconic in English history for a number of reasons. One reason being that it was one of the first Norman Fortresses to be built following William the Conqueror's Norman Conquest! The other reason being that the castle was mentioned in the Doomsday Book!
William Peveril, was the Keeper of the Forest in the 11th century. The Peak Forest
was protected at all costs as it contained valuable natural resources including timber, land for pasture, and lead and silver mines. Each of its elements had been exploited since the time of the Romans. It was principally designated as a private royal hunting-ground for recreation. Hunting in the forest was a jealously guarded privilege for the king and those enjoying his permission.
The keep was built by Henry II in 1176 as well as many other domestic buildings. The castle fell into Henry II's hands after William’s son forfeited the castle as a punishment for going to war with the king's mother. From the 11th to the 16th century, Peveril Castle served as a base for the government of the local area, the ‘Forest of the Peak’. The town of Castleton, at the foot of castle hill, was founded 100 years after the castle.
Today guests at the castle can enjoy panoramic views of the beautiful Peak District, Interactive displays in the Visitor Centre and a range of interesting items in the Castle's shop.
Things to do with kids
- Activity sheets and outdoor games are available
- outdoor games are available from the gift shop.
- Ball games not allowed onsite
- Visit the shop for medieval gifts, English Heritage souvenirs, historical books, soft toys, jewellery, soft drinks, wines, confectionary, replica armour and swords, toy weapons and dressing up clothes! (The gift shop is located on the lower floor entry of the visitor centre.)
Food & Drink
Cold drinks and ice creams are available to purchase from the visitor centre. There are no food and drink facilities available up at the castle. If you fancy having a picnic on the hill you'll be delighted to know there is lots of outdoor seating suitable for families. Who could say no to a picnic overlooking fantastic views of the Peak District and the nearby village of Castleton?