Wigmore Castle

An aerial view of Wigmore Castle
A section of Wigmore Castle with the surrounding landscape in the background
General View of Wigmore Castle

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours


Wigmore, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 9UB

Before You Go

Once the stronghold of the turbulent Mortimer family, Wigmore Castle was later dismantled to prevent its use during the Civil War. Now it is among the most remarkable ruins in England, largely buried up to first floor level by earth and fallen masonry. Yet many of its fortifications survive to full height, including parts of the keep on its towering mound.

Read more about the history of Wigmore Castle.

Before You Go

Please be aware: The steps leading up to the Keep are in need of conservation and are currently not accessible, we are currently exploring options for their repair. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. The Inner Bailey and Outer Banks can still be explored during this time.

Access: The castle has very steep slopes and steps and can be muddy in wet weather, so we would advise you to wear stout footwear.

Parking: Limited free parking (car park postcode HR6 9UW) is available a 15 minute walk away from the castle at the village hall (not suitable for coaches). The walk then takes you through the village and up a steep incline to the Castle.

Facilities: There are two pubs in Wigmore village that serve food. Toilets are available inside the village hall, including a disabled toilet with ramp access from the village hall car park.

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.

Plan a Great Day Out

You're welcome bring a picnic to the castle and enjoy the panoramic views of the countryside.

The unforgettably picturesque Stokesay Castle is just over 10 miles away. It's the finest and best-preserved medieval fortified manor house in England. An audio tour helps you to imagine Stokesay as a centre of medieval life, and the tearoom serves a delicious range of light savoury snacks, homemade cakes and cream teas.

Nearby Clun Castle is another great example of a castle in the Welsh Marches.

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English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and places - from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of empire to a Cold War bunker. Through these, we bring the story of England to life for over 10 million people each year. The English Heritage Trust is a charity, no. 1140351, and a company, no. 0744722, registered in England.

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