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Lulworth Castle & Park

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Address: Wareham, East Lulworth BH20 5QS, England
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+44 1929 400352
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10:30 - 16:00
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Sun - Fri 10:30 - 16:00
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Lulworth Castle stands majestically in extensive parkland at the heart of...

Lulworth Castle stands majestically in extensive parkland at the heart of the Lulworth Estate, close to Lulworth Cove. Built in 1608 as a hunting lodge to entertain royalty,it was purchased together with an estate of 20 square miles, by Humphrey Weld in 1641. Today the Estate still remains in the ownership of the Weld Family. All but destroyed by fire in 1929 the Castle exterior has been restored by English Heritage while the interior has been consolidated providing a magnificent open plan space. Within its displays and exhibits, cellars and memorabilia discover the fascinating story of its past.Climb the tower for spectacular panoramic views of the Purbeck countryside and towards the Jurassic Coast - an experience not to be missed. St Mary's Chapel, in the Castle grounds, is historically significant being the first stand-alone Roman Catholic place of worship to be built after the Reformation. Inside soak up the atmosphere and tranquility of this special place. Please note that jousting no longer takes place at Lulworth Castle.

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Great History and Evocative Atmosphere

We were very impressed by the views from the castle and its exterior but were not prepared for the devastation caused to the interior by the fire early last century. The story... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 November 2016
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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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Sunbury on Thames
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Have visited here often. A very beautiful place. The food served is always good. Great for families and when our children were little they fed the animals.

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1 Thank TheWilliamsbunch
East Coker, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

We visited the Castle not really knowing what to expect and not knowing much about the history, except that it suffered a devastating fire in 1929. We were delighted with our visit. The girl on duty was friendly, informative and very welcoming. Apparently the tea shop is a new feature for this year. We did not eat or drink in... More 

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Was not sure what to expect because of the history of it suffering a major fire. But the castle was a gem and the cost so minimal. The chapel was superb and the staff very friendly and supportive of questions. Would definitely recommend a visit

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Christchurch
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Mid-week in November and there were few other visitors. Philip in the tea-room & ticket office was very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful - we had a great welcome. We returned mid visit and enjoyed a very good cream tea (2 scones & delicious jam) and huge slice of coffee & walnut cake, bargain total of £9. Our visit was just... More 

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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150 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

We were very impressed by the views from the castle and its exterior but were not prepared for the devastation caused to the interior by the fire early last century. The story of the fire and the restoration is told well but I liked the fact the family history is clearly set out and fairly easy to follow - so... More 

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Thank IanandGilly
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

A special Halloween event, aimed at young children. Plenty of special effects and hunts for the kids to enjoy. The 40 minute magic show made the entry fee good value. Parking was free. The castle was decorated to reflect the Halloween theme. My only gripe was the catering. On a chilly autumn day we would have liked more than rolls... More 

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Thank David W
West Lulworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Good for an afternoon visit today, lots of activity for the children, suit the younger age range, up to around 8 years old,

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Thank davedonaldson
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

had such a great day at the castle today for halloween special. they put so much into it and kids loved it, so much to do and really good value for money. perfect setting for halloween and all the grounds and woods looked great. really recommend it to all age groups as something for everyone. the merlin magic show was... More 

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Walsall, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We had an absolutely lovely day yesterday at the Halloween event, with our 4 year old. Plenty to do and see, the Castle put on a spectacular event fun things for all the family to do for every age group! The staff were extremely friendly & helpful. The only negative would be not a lot of choice of food to... More 

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Darwen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Nice easy walks in beautiful countryside,and well maintained grounds round the castle with a nice little tea shop for when the walk is over to sit and admire the outside of the castle.

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