Old Wardour Castle - English Heritage

Old Wardour Castle - English Heritage




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Old Wardour Castle
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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.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences

Opening hours

1 Apr-30 Jun 10am-5pm daily / 1 Jul-31 Aug 10am-6pm daily / 1-30 Sep 10am-5pm daily / 1Oct-1 Nov 10am-4pm daily / 2 Nov-31 Mar 10am-4pm Sat-Sun / Closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan

Admission charges



  • English Heritage
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Tales of Robin Hood

  • 28 — 29 August 2014 11am-5pm

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 and find out if you have what it takes to join this woodland gang with our tests of skill and cunning.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly