Peveril Castle - English Heritage

Peveril Castle - English Heritage
Market Place
Hope Valley
S33 8WQ



01433 620613

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An exterior shot of Peveril Castle

Perched high above the pretty village of Castleton, the castle offers breathtaking views of the Peak District. Founded soon after the Norman Conquest of 1066 by William Peverel, one of King William's most trusted knights, it played an important role in guarding the Peak Forest area.

Following extensive conservation work on the keep, a walk-way erected at first floor level enables visitors to enter two chambers previously inaccessible: a medieval garderobe, and a small room with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

1Apr-30 Jun, daily 10am-5pm / 1 Jul-31Aug, daily 10am – 6pm / 1 Sep-1 Nov, daily 10am-5pm / 2 Nov-31 Mar, Thu-Mon 10am-4pm / Closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan

Admission charges



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Attack and Defend a Castle Discovery Visit

Why was Peveril Castle founded? Who were the invaders and settlers who lived here and what was life like? How is the site used and why is it so important to the area now? Follow in the footsteps of Owen the medieval kitchen boy to find the answers to such questions. See who lived in the castle and the jobs they did. Discover what the different areas were used for and enter the castle keep to decide how you would attack and defend it! A fun and interactive guided tour with plenty of scope for questions and discussion.
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Key Stage: 2, 3, History

How to obtain

Call 01604 735440 to arrange a 1 ½ hour tour on weekdays during term time. Price £60 per group of up to 30 pupils until April 2009, £75 per group after April 2009. Visit for more information.