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. Throughout the summer there are events linked to the Robin Hood story with storytelling and children's activities. Children will love to explore the grotto and the castle rooms, climbing the circular stairs to the top where you can see for miles, across the lake and surrounding countryside. There's plenty of space for children to play or for picnics under the cover of the age old trees.
Tales of Robin Hood
Wed 20 & Thu 21 Aug 2014
Take up your bow and arrow and join our merry band of men as they weave tales of the legendary hero, Robin Hood. Be captivated by stories of daring deeds
Wed 27 & Thu 28 Aug 2014
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Nr Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire - SP3 6RR
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