Due to essential maintenance , the top level of the tower is currently closed. All other rooms within the tower are open as normal. Please ensure care is taken over historic worn steps within the castle, please wear appropriate footwear.
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.
Get in the Christmas spirit at the Christmas Wreath Making Workshop on Saturday 7 December. Or simply enjoy a walk around the grounds and lake.
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.
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.