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.
The castle was the inspiration for the one featured in the Kevin Costner film 'Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves'. Children will love to explore the grotto and the castle rooms, climbing the circular stairs to the top where you can see for miles, across the lake and surrounding countryside. There's plenty of space for children to play or for picnics under the cover of the age old trees.
Not to be missed:
- Incredible views from the turrets down to the grotto and across the beautiful landscaped grounds
- The complimentary audio tour, which really brings the Civil War at Wardour to life
- The 18th century Banqueting House built for Henry, 8th Lord Arundell
- The special grotto created out of stones from the original castle building
Explore the woods:
Discover the 18th century stone grotto amongst the trees as you explore the woodland surrounding the castle ruins. Built by Josiah Lane of Tisbury, a reputed stonemason, there are also some standing stones and two stone seats, one topped with a 16th or 17th century fountain base - can you find them?
Take a walk along the path along the outer wall to find the stone arch, hidden away from view and if you look closely you can see the ammonites in the Grotto.