A Visit to Peveril Castle in Castleton | How Steep?

Peveril Castle in Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire is owned and run by English Heritage. It was the castle that made me determined we were going to get an English heritage pass for at least the next year. We visited on a hot summer’s day last year and I wanted to review the castle for families so please read on to find out more about our visit.

We were staying at the Innkeeper’s Lodge hotel in the heart of Castleton. This is located at the bottom of the hill which this great castle sits upon. It must have been an effort building the castle back in the 12th Century. It’s quite a way up to the top!

Peveril Castle, English Heritage
Peveril Castle, English Heritage


Peveril Castle Castleton Review – English Heritage

The Keep was closed during our visit last summer and is still closed now for essential maintenance. The Keep itself is not large and you can still walk up the outside staircase to have a peer in. King Henry II built Peveril castle back in 1176. It was mentioned in Domesday and is one of England’s earliest Norman fortresses.

Peveril Castle Castleton Review - English Heritage

The castle can be easily spotted from the road but not so easy to spot once in the heart of the village. We knew it was going to be a steep walk to the top and on a hot summer’s day we had a feeling that it would take some effort but my goodness was it steep.

On the walk up to the top
On the walk up to the top

The walk to the top is absolutely worth it though. The views from the top are simply breathtaking. Literally, because I was pretty much out of breathe by the time we got to the top. You can see so much of the Hope Valley from the top and down into Castleton.

The ever changing view on the walk up
The ever changing view on the walk up

There is a small visitor centre at the bottom of the hill with a few interactive displays telling you all about the history of the castle. There is also a small shop and this is where you purchase your ticket or show your English Heritage membership card. Entry is free with an English Heritage annual membership. (affiliate link – will cost you no extra to buy).

The one advantage to the steep walk up to the top is all the benches along the way. We must have stopped at nearly all of them. It was great to be able to rest but even better to enjoy the stunning view that got better and better the higher we walked. The path is mostly of an uneven surface and not really suitable for buggies and certainly not wheelchairs I’m afraid.

Phew, we reached the top

Once at the top there isn’t much to see. The castle is now ruined and the Keep currently closed for renovations. But we spent a fair amount of time up there wandering around, exploring the ruin. Not to mention watching my son roll down the hill – a lot and basically just enjoying the view. Make sure you look over the wall at the top of the hill. There is quite a different view from there and equally stunning.

Peveril Castle Castleton Review - English Heritage
The view over the top wall
Peveril Castle
Peveril Castle – you can walk up the steps to peer inside
Looking inside the Keep
Looking inside the Keep
Peveril Castle Castleton Review - English Heritage
Having fun on the hill
Peveril Castle Castleton Review - English Heritage
Peveril Castle Castleton Review - English Heritage
Peveril Castle in Castleton review
The walk back down was so much easier

Important Information

As mentioned above it is free to visit Peveril Castle in Castleton if you are an English Heritage member. You can also pay to visit. Without gift aid an adult ticket is just £5.90 and £3.50 for a child aged 5-17 years. Under 5’s are free. A family ticket is £15.30.

Over the winter months the castle is mostly only open at weekends. From April onwards it is open every day.

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