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Old Wardour Castle

Tisbury SP3 6RR, England
+44 1747 870487
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A tranquil ,serene place to visit

Just an amazing place to visit,away from the crowds. There is a beautiful wooded area right next to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Andover, United Kingdom
via mobile
Not simply a ruined castle - a wonderfully evocative place!

We visited Old Wardour Castle expecting a ruined building - and were delighted at how much of it... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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John Lord Lovel built Old Wardour CAstle in the late 14th century as a lightly fortified but luxurious residence. Beautifully sited beside a lake, it pioneered the inclusion of self contained suites for noble guests. A hexagonal tower house ranged around a central courtyard, which was a unique design in England. Substantially updated by the staunchly Roman Catholic Arundell family after 1570, the castle saw much fighting during the Civil War. In 1643, the 61 year old Lady Arundell, with garrison of just 25 soldiers was forced to surrender it to 1,300 Parliamentarians after a 5 day siege. The abandoned castle became a romantic ruin, with a fantasty Gothic grotto in the woods. Child friendly and dog friendly
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just an amazing place to visit,away from the crowds. There is a beautiful wooded area right next to the castle which is good for walks with or without dogs. In the fading sunlight of a summers day, the castle displays lovely shades of brown/stone.

Thank JulesVerne777
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Old Wardour Castle expecting a ruined building - and were delighted at how much of it remains to be explored, and also the beautiful setting next to the lake. What a gorgeous place!

Thank Santana99
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This castle although hard to find is well worth it, just be patient driving to it. Signposted from Tisbury, but it is a fair drive from this point and the narrow road seems to go to nowhere. Toilets and a small shop is on-site. Audio...More

Thank John E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a castle ruin that dates back to the 1300's. Two facades are in pretty good condition and two in ruin but all fascinating and full of history, you can get up high also for lovely views albeit the steps to the top are...More

Thank Darren M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really lovely and off-the-beaten-track! Well managed by English Heritage, with informative staff, yet a subtle booth so as not to spoil the view. Fascinating to read up on the history, and spot the 'new Wardour castle' in the distance. Will return!

Thank tjh2
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

We had been told this castle was in good walking country. So we thought we'd give it a try. It was really interesting. There aren't many ruined castle where you can climb up stone spiral stairs to the upper floors. Views are good especially to...More

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

Ruin of a late medieval castle that was more of a lightly fortified luxury home than a truly defensive fortification, it fell to Parliament in C17th and then became a "romantic" ruin in the C18th. A really beautiful ruin with a fascinating story, this will...More

Thank delaGueriniere
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Set beside a peaceful lake some 5 miles east of Shaftesbury, Old Wardour Castle, was originally built in the 14th century. Today there is a well maintained castle ruin, a 18th century Banqueting House and a special grotto created out of Castle stones. Down in...More

Thank Philip S
Reviewed 4 May 2017

The castle is set in a spectacular setting and is very picturesque. The grounds are farly small but contain some interesting buildings and the view of the lake is lovely. The castle itself is incredible. You can make your way through a random set of...More

Thank Richard M
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

What a gem. In the middle of nowhere. Amazing castle with amazing history. Perfect to walk around and enjoy English history. Few miles away in Donhead St Andrew is an pub 'the Forester'

Thank MrTbubbleandsqueek
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James C
is it dog friendly
24 June 2017|
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Response from Tim G | Reviewed this property |
We've never had any problems. Check on the website to see if there are any restrictions. Some of the staircases are really steep and unsuited to dogs. The grounds are great though.
My daughter and I will be in Salisbury in a couple of weeks. We won't have a car; I understand there is a bus that goes to/from Old Wardour Castle. How long is the ride? How often does the bus come? Thanks so much in advance, Kari
8 November 2015|
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Response from Gail C | Reviewed this property |
Wilts & Dorset this is the bus company in Salsbury ,you could contact them xx