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
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: Toilets are available inside the village hall, open from Easter to the end of the October half term. There is a disabled toilet with ramp access from the village hall car park.
Plan a Great Day Out
There are two pubs in Wigmore village that serve food. 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.
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.
- 66% Self-generated income
- 20% One off capital grant
- 14% Government funding