Discover Old Wardour Castle's bloodthirsty past

Wardour, Wiltshire

Discover a gruesome past in a castle ruin, and explore the fall of Old Wardour Castle.

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Old Wardour Castle is an unusual, 14th century hexagonal castle under the care of English Heritage. Originally built for luxury living and lavish entertainment, the demise of the castle came during the English Civil War. The once extravagant castly became the scene to a bloodthirsty battle in 1643, which left it in ruin.

Today you can learn about the history and explore the ruins with an audio tour. The grounds provide a lakeside setting for picnics, peaceful views over the surrounding countryside, and there's even a grotto to explore. There are lots of walks to enjoy in the surrounding area as well.

Old Wardour Castle featured in the film version of Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves and today remains a popular wedding venue.

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