The converted pub is home to 42 individual antiques dealers, selling everything from vintage tobacco boxes and 1950s records, to grandfather clocks, WWI soldier uniforms and shabby chic furniture.
Every corner is packed with relics for all budgets, from bargains to quirky home decor, to exclusive high-end items.
The antiques centre, which was taken over just last year by Carol Ford, has twice been featured on BBC Two’s Antiques Road Trip.
Following jobs in retail and accounting, Carol’s love for antiques led her to starting a French porcelain dealership within the centre, and when the previous owner left, the natural next step was to take over the place.
“I’ve always enjoyed trailing the auctions to find something new and interesting with a story behind it,” says xxx year old Carol, whose husband runs Old Timers Clock Repairs in a top corner of the building.
Carol was born and brought up in Bolsover is looking forward to the new public realm developments: “It’s great to see real investment in the town. We get thousands of visitors to the castle, and many of them, particularly international ones from Japan and China love exploring our antiques centre – it’s great to think that there will be more for them to keep them in the town.”
Selling items from 10p to hundreds or thousands of pounds, the dealers’ specialities include silverware, clothing, porcelain, jewellery, new and old shabby chic, furniture, clocks, glass, garden ornaments, tribal arts and collectables.
Bolsover Antique Centre is open seven days a week from 10.30am to 5pm. It is just a minute’s walk along Castle Street from the castle towards town.
Bolsover Antique Centre, Castle Street, Bolsover, S44 6PP