Old Wardour Castle

Old Wardour Castle, by James.Stringer (Flickr)

Old Wardour Castle was partially destroyed during the English Civil War. It has many similarities with Nunney Castle and is well worth a visit.

Old Wardour Castle, by James.Stringer (Flickr)The castle was built on land previously owned by theSet in the peaceful Wiltshire countryside beside a lake, Old Wardour Castle, near Tisbury and Shaftesbury, was once one of the most daring and innovative homes in Britain. It was built in the 14th century as a lightly fortified luxury residence for comfortable living and lavish entertainment.

Today the castle ruin provides a relaxed, romantic day out for couples, families and budding historians alike. An audio tour, included in the ticket price, tells of Old Wardour’s eventful past and the fighting it saw during the Civil War. The badly damaged castle became a fashionable romantic ruin, and in the 18th century was incorporated into the landscaped grounds of the New Wardour House (not managed by English Heritage, no public access to New Wardour House or grounds).

Today, visitors can still climb the turrets and even imagine themselves as extras in the Hollywood blockbuster movie, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, part of which was filmed here.

Distance from Nunney
23.6 miles (38 km)
53 minutes by car

Contact information
Old Wardour Castle
Nr Tisbury
Wiltshire SP3 6RR
Telephone 0870 333 1181
Web www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/old-wardour-castle/

For events, opening hours and admission prices, please visit the English Heritage website.

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