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Old Wardour Castle

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Address: Tisbury SP3 6RR, England
Phone Number: +44 1747 870487
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John Lord Lovel built Old Wardour CAstle in the late 14th century as a...

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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Amazing derelict castle

What an amazing place. Brilliant! The audio tour is excellent and well worth it. Beautiful castle steeped in history. Came on a fine day but wouldn't recommend in the wet!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 October 2016
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

What an amazing place. Brilliant! The audio tour is excellent and well worth it. Beautiful castle steeped in history. Came on a fine day but wouldn't recommend in the wet!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Looking for a nice place to escape the daily pressure. Congratulations you just found it. Romantic scenery with surrounding woodlands and Castle ruins makes this place ideal. If you are lucky not to be disturbed by the usual noisy uneducated kids and the old idiot parents this place will mesmerise you. Access is tight and take care as there are... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped here in our way to Poole. Didn't expect to be here long but spent a few hours. My grandson was very interested and spoke about it a long time after. They have a recording commentary to carry around, which also helps. They have a refreshment machine for hot drinks. It's a shame they haven't got a cafe .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Had a lovely lunchtime picnic here with mine and a friend's children. We all had a fabulous time. I've been here many, many times. The staff are always lovely, entry is cheap, the loos are always ok and it's possibly the nicest picnic spot on the planet! Beautiful castle ruins that the children always have fun exploring, lovely lake views,... More 

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Thank Suey J
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This ancient castle dating back to the Civil War is now in ruins but you can still visit most parts and the commentary phones are excellent. Strongly recommend for all ages….but there are plenty of steps to climb !

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Ruislip, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

we had a lovely sunny hour or so here, looking at the castle ruins and surrounding gardens and grotto, very peaceful and tranquil with lovely views. probably just about worth the amount it was to get in. surprisingly enough there were a few other people visiting too

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

We dropped into this site on our way back from a West Country weekend seeing friends. Whilst the journey was a bit difficult through narrow lanes with passing places, the site was well worth it. The castle was another victim of the civil war in the mid 1600's. but with what is left, with the aid of an informative audio... More 

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Drouin, Victoria, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

This is an old castle which has fallen into disrepair, I believe in history to a point this type of building should only be maintained if it can become self funding.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

I really enjoyed it here, we planned our day ahead as we had a long drive. We visited Stonehenge in the morning before it was too busy then went to see the old Wardour Castle which I think has a lot of character and a great history. There is beautiful green grass around the old castle so we had a... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

As with many of the English Heritage sites it is tucked away in the beautiful English countryside so needs good signage. Unfortunately this was lacking, and a couple of times we were left wondering if we had taken the wrong turning or whether we were still heading in the right direction. When we arrived we were told that the hand... More 

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