SK 209-292 Staffordshire England
Tutbury Castle is a large 11th century earthwork motte and baileys fortress, founded by Henry, lord of Ferriéres. Standing against the steep banks of the River Dove, the original approach to the castle, is defended by a high rampart, a wide ditch and two semi-circular outer baileys. In the 12th century, William Ferrers founded the stone castle, when he added a shell keep to the motte and the chapel in the inner bailey. In the 15th century, the curtain wall from the keep to the square 14th century gatehouse, with its barbican was rebuilt and flanked by the impressive North and South Towers. An 18th century house, now stands on the site of the King's Lodging and Julius's Tower folly crowns the motte. 10 miles north-east is Mackworth Castle and 15 miles west is Chartley Castle.
Tutbury Castle is located in the village centre, off Castle Street. 10 miles south-west of Derby, on the A516-A511.
The site is owned by The Duchy of Lancaster and is open, Wednesday to Sunday April to September 11:00-5:00pm, castle grounds only, Monday to Friday 10:30-4:00pm during the winter season, check website for details.
There is a car park.
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