Old Wardour Castle
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Wardour suffered greatly during the Civil War, and the Arundells finally built New Wardour Castle to replace it in 1776. The old castle became the centrepiece of a pleasure ground, a park replete with fanciful grottoes, a stone circle, and a tea house in classical style, all built to entertain the Arundells and their guests. Today, Old Wardour is an unusual and attractive combination of medieval fortress, Elizabethan manor, and Georgian pleasure ground.
At the heart of the grounds is the castle keep, standing to four storeys in places. The keep is arranged around a central courtyard with a well. Off this courtyard several spiral stairs rise to the upper floors. One of these, the stair to the Great Hall, was remodelled by Robert Smythson for Sir Matthew Arundell as a Roman triumphal arch, with beautifully ornamented columns.
The upper floors have many of the most important rooms, including the Great Hall, Lobby, and Great Chamber. There is a Buttery, where food was stored, a Pantry, and Kitchen area with large fireplaces. You can climb to the top of the tower, with wonderful views across the lake below.
At the foot of the castle lawn is the classical tea house, while further up the slope is a Grotto and small stone circle.
Most photos are available for licensing, please contact Britain Express image library.
History of Old Wardour Castle
About Old Wardour Castle
Address: Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, SP3 6RR
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: 3 m NE Shaftesbury, off A30
Website: Old Wardour Castle
English Heritage - see also: English Heritage memberships (official website)
OS: ST939 263
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
We've 'tagged' this attraction information to help you find related historic attractions and learn more about major time periods mentioned.
Historic Time Periods:
Find other attractions tagged with:
14th century (Time Period) - castle (Architecture) - Civil War (Architecture) - Elizabethan (Architecture) - Georgian (Time Period) - Medieval (Time Period) - Roman (Time Period) - stone circle (Historical Reference) -
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Berwick St Leonard Church - 4.3 miles (Historic Church)
East Knoyle, St Mary's Church - 4.5 miles (Historic Church)
Larmer Tree Gardens - 5 miles (Garden)
Gold Hill Museum - 5.2 miles (Museum)
Shaftesbury, St Peter's Church - 5.2 miles (Historic Church)
Shaftesbury Abbey Museum and Garden - 5.2 miles (Abbey)
Philipps House and Dinton Park - 5.5 miles (Historic House)
Little Clarendon - 5.7 miles (Historic Building)
Nearest Accommodation to Old Wardour Castle: