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Old Wardour Castle

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Address: Tisbury SP3 6RR, England
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+44 1747 870487
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Sat - Sun 10:00 - 16:00
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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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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... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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'

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Salisbury
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic setting, enough of the castle standing to explore, interesting grotto in the grounds,lovely short circular walk through the woods outside. Has a small shop with drinks & ice creams. Great place for a picnic.

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Thank Catherine H
Bournemouth
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent about 3 1/2 hours here. Bit of a interesting drive to get too the castle. Narrow roads! But take your time. It's not a problem. And the satnav signal lasted the whole way thank goodness! Because it really is in the middle of no where!! When we arrived and parked up. Not alot of parking. But we squeezed... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Did a 3.5 mile walk before going into the castle, weather was fantastic for the day and wished we had a picnic for sitting on the lovely grass around the castle. Was really nice to be able to go into the building and climb the stairs and see the rooms. You get to the top and have a great view... More 

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Thank James P
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This has a feel of real medievalness, the castle overlooks a lake and there are also many footpahs in the surrounding hills and woods, you go inside and climb up to hearly the top of the castle and the grounds are lovely and perfect for a picnic.

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This has been on our list for a while. It's a lovely old ruin that you can wander around (with a good audio guide), and there's enough left that you can imagine the rest in your mind! The surrounding countryside it beautiful, and you can see New Wardour Castle from the top of the old castle. Be warned, it is... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

I love this place as you can explore this castle and really imagine how it was in its prime. It really is a magical place and makes a lovely summer wedding venue. Kids love it too

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Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

This is such a lovely place to take the kids. Big castle to explore and great ground to run around in and have a picnic. We also took the dog which is nice.

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Thank Tim G
Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed this, well worth the visit. Beautiful surrounding countryside, plenty for children to learn about whilst running around and climbing up the steep stairways. This is a dog friendly place, which always puts a smile on our faces, after all dogs are part of the family to. Lovely walks around the castle. The Track/road leading to the castle... More 

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Guildford
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Rural Wiltshire really is delightful with good areas to walk in around and about the castle. It's close to the Nadder valley in an AONB. If one wants peace and quiet on a country walk then visit here.

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