Altes Wardour Schloss
Altes Wardour Schloss

Altes Wardour Schloss

Nov-Mar: Sa-So 10-16 Uhr Mar-Nov: Täglich 10-18 Uhr
SP3 6RR, Salisbury, England

The basics

Built in the 14th century as a luxury residence for John, the 5th Lord Lovell of Titchmarsh, the castle’s unique hexagonal structure was a celebrated oddity at the time, inspired by designs from mainland Europe and renowned for its innovation. The building was renovated in the 16th century but was largely destroyed a few decades later during the English civil war, and today its evocative ruins and looming towers hint at its former glory. In the 18th century, the neoclassical New Wardour Castle was built nearby, incorporating the old ruins into its grounds.

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Things to know before you go

  • Kids and adults alike enjoy exploring the castle’s remains, making this a memorable family-friendly stop. The castle offers a kid-friendly exploration game and “knight” training sessions, as well.

  • Bring a camera to capture the sweeping views from the upper floors over the surrounding countryside.

  • A free audio tour is available to listen to insights into the castle’s history and lore as you explore.

  • Old Wadour Castle welcomes picnickers, and there are outdoor tables, benches, and a large grassy lawn where visitors can spread out a picnic blanket.

  • The castle's ground floor is accessible to strollers and wheelchairs, while the upper floors can be reached only via stairs.

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How to get there

The castle is located just southwest of Tisbury, where there is the nearest train station. Take the A30 motorway from Tisbury about 3 miles (5 kilometers) and exit on the country lane marked with the Old Wardour Castle sign leading to the grounds. You can also reach the castle by public bus or bike from Tisbury.

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When to get there

Old Wardour Castle is open daily from April to October and on weekends from November to March. Opening times vary throughout the year, so check the website before visiting. This picturesque castle and grounds are best admired on a warm and dry day.

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The top castle ruins in Britain

Old Wardour Castle is just one of more than 100 romantic ruins scattered across the British Isles, most open to adventurous visitors and avid photographers. In addition to this gem in Wiltshire, venture into the abandoned halls of medieval treasures like Ludlow Castle in Shropshire, Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire, and Bodiam Castle in East Sussex, with its intact moat and turrets.

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