Author: Ray Biggs

Judas Tree

Tree of the Week

Cercis siliquastrum   The ‘Judas Tree’ The generic name, Cercis, comes from the Greek ‘Kerkis’, a weaver’s shuttle, which Theophrastus likened the tree’s flattened woody fruits to. Its specific name refers to the prominent seedpods – ‘siliqua’ in latin. It is alleged to be the type of tree from which Judas Iscariot hanged himself but it could be that the…

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock at Grimsthorpe

Take a step back in time to Baker Street and beyond with the “Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes”. Buy tickets here for the performance in the Castle on Friday 10th July at 7.00pm. Adult £10. Child £6 (suitable for children 11+ yrs).   Interval drinks/ices available to purchase. Ample parking at Castle. Pipe smoking prohibited, deerstalker hats welcome.

Old Apple Tree

Holiday Tree of the Week

It’s great to see masses of apple blossom on the trees and this old example of an espaliered apple tree looks sure to produce a bumper crop of juicy apples this autumn. It is thought that the Romans started training their trees in this way to make harvesting easier. It also makes the tree look attractive too. Sometimes you will…

medlar tree

Tree of the Week

Medlar and Quince in the kitchen garden   Trees are very important to us at Grimsthorpe. There are hundreds of acres of woodland, some containing magnificent old oaks plus trees that are grown for timber and firewood. Avenues of trees form essential landscape features and other fine specimens sit proudly on their own in the park. We will post pictures…


Grimsthorpe Bunny Hunt Winner

A lot of young Bunny Hunters helped to find the Easter Bunnies hiding in the gardens over the holiday period and the Head Gardener would like to thank everyone who took part. The winner of the grand prize was Courtney from Grimsby. She is pictured, left, with her sister Alex. She will share the prize with Alex. The family made…

The Grimsthorpe Creast of arms

Day Tickets available to buy online

It is now possible to buy a day ticket to Grimsthorpe from our website. Click the link for Season Tickets and you will be taken to the Tyg secure site. The drop-down menu now has a day ticket option – ‘Castle Park & Gardens entry’ or ‘ Park & Gardens entry’. Follow one of these and buy tickets at a…


A Grimsthorpe link to Richard III?

The remains of Richard III will be reintered in Leicester Cathedral and there is currently a great deal of interest in this controversial monarch. We don’t think that there is a direct link with Richard III and Grimsthorpe Castle but we do know that, at the Battle of Bosworth Field, the father of the man who rebuilt Grimsthorpe was killed…


King Henry’s seventh wife?

A book published by historian David Baldwin suggests that Katherine Willoughby, one time owner of Grimsthorpe Castle, could have been a contender for the title of the seventh wife of Henry VIII (and Queen of England). Read the Times report on the story.

Group-Visits to Grimsthorpe

Vacancy for Castle Guide

Do you enjoy history, fine art and antiques, meeting people and working as part of a team? I am looking for enthusiastic people to join the castle guides for the 2018 season (April-September), working part-time, including Sundays. The castle team welcome many thousands of visitors each year and guides are responsible for ensuring that all visitors enjoy their visit to…