Set in the peaceful Wiltshire countryside beside a lake, Old Wardour Castle, near Tisbury 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.
Sat 25 - Mon 27 May 2013 (bank holiday)
Meet Robin Hood and his band of merry men at Old Wardour this Bank Holiday weekend. See if you have what it takes to join the famous outlaws! Try your hand at archery, listen to tales of Sherwood Forest and watch Robin display his mighty long- bow skills.
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre - King Lear
Wed 5 - Sat 8 Jun 2013
Shakespeare's great tragedy is brought to the magical setting of Old Wardour Castle in the stunning Wiltshire countryside.
Summer Fun Trail
Thu 25 Jul - Sun 1 Sep 2013 (bank holiday)
Get out and about this holiday with our summer fun trail. Explore the Castle grounds and find the hidden clues. Solve the challenge and a special reward awaits!
Prices and opening times
Nr Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire - SP3 6RR
For just £48 a year, English Heritage members get free entry to our properties and exclusive discounts.
Suitable for weddings and corporate functions