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Old Wardour Castle

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Nr Tisbury

Beautifully sited beside a lake, Old Wardour Castle was built in the late 14th century by John Lord Lovel as a lightly fortified but showy and luxurious residence. A hexagonal tower house ranged round a central courtyard, its form is very unusual in England.

After decorative updating in 1570, the castle was besieged in turn by both sides during the Civil War, and badly damaged. During the 18th century it was incorporated as a romantic ruin into the landscaped grounds of New Wardour House, which was built by Lord Arundell (not managed by English Heritage, no public access). The castle's setting in a Registered Landscape indicates the significance of this hidden jewel.

Part of the Kevin Costner film "Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves", was filmed here.

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Road Access: Located off A30 2 miles SW of Tisbury. Also accessible from A350(narrow rural roads), coaches approach with care
Train Access: Tisbury 2 1/2 miles
Bus Access: Wilts & Dorset 26 Salisbury - Shaftesbury (passes Tisburyrailway station)

Old Wardour Castle Postcode for SatNav: SP3 6RR


01747 870487
01747 870487

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