Ludgershall Castle and Cross

Aerial view of Ludgershall Castle and Cross

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours


Castle Street, Ludgershall, SP11 9QT

Before You Go

Probably begun in the late 11th century by a sheriff of Wiltshire, Ludgershall was much improved in the 13th century by King John and his son Henry III, who used the castle as a hunting lodge. Three large walls and extensive earthworks survive, while in the centre of the nearby village are the remains of a 14th-century cross.

Read more about the history of the castle and cross.

Before You Go

Parking: There is a small free car park with four spaces on Castle Street 50 metres from the site. A further car park (not managed by English Heritage) can be found in St James Street in the town centre. It is possible to drive to the gate at the entrance to the castle grounds for dropping off.

Access: The wooded western section of the site has narrow footpaths which can become muddy in wet weather, sturdy footwear is therefore advised. The grassed earthworks surrounding the ruins are steep.

Please be aware: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.

Facilities: Public toilets, shops and places to eat can be found in Ludgershall town centre.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.

Other Information: The cross can be found on the High Street enclosed by decorative railings.

Plan a Great Day Out

The castle is a great place for a picnic, and children will enjoy exploring the ruins.

The stone circles of Avebury and Stonehenge are a short drive away from Ludgershall.


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