Trains to Peveril Castle
The nearest station to Peveril Castle is Hope, on the picturesque Hope Valley Line between Manchester and Sheffield. To get the train to Peveril Castle from London, travel from St Pancras International to Sheffield and change. If you're coming from the northwest, it's easier to change at Manchester. From Hope, take the 272 bus heading towards Castleton, alighting at Castleton Bus Station. From here it is a four-minute walk to Peveril Castle.
About Peveril Castle
Peveril Castle is a ruined early medieval castle, founded some time between the Norman Conquest and its first mention in the Domesday Book of 1086. It overlooks the Derbyshire village of Castleton, and provides handsome views across the Hope Valley and Cave Dale.
Henry II took possession of the castle in the 12th century, but Peveril changed hands between royalty and nobility until John of Gaunt took ownership in the late 14th century. Having little use for the castle, he began to strip it of materials, and this began Peveril's decline - by 1609 it was being described as 'very ruinous and serveth for no use'. It has stood as a picturesque ruin ever since, and has been a popular tourist attraction since the advent of the railways in the 19th century. Pevsner declared Peveril 'by far the most important castle in the county - in fact the only one of importance'.
A climb to the Castle summit today provides glorious views of the surrounding Derbyshire countryside, part of the Peak District National Park. Interactive displays in the visitor centre tell the story of Peveril as the focus of the Royal Forest of the Peak, a royal hunting estate since the 11th century.
Monday to Sunday: 10.00 to 17.00
Winter opening times vary.
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