Old Wardour Castle

Old Wardour Castle – a brilliant day out from Bath

13 May 2019

There are many fantastic day trips and attractions within easy reach of Bath, but one you may not have heard of is Old Wardour Castle.

Day trippers love the history and the beauty of this romantic 14th century castle, as well as the incredible views from the top of the circular stairs. The castle ruins and its grotto are perfect for exploration, imagination and adventure, so bring the kids and enjoy a fun day out. There’s plenty of room for children to run about and play, and for relaxed picnics in the grounds.

Old Wardour Castle walks are also popular with visitors to the area, and there are many trails through the woods and countryside to choose from.

The Lovell family and Wardour Castle

The Old Wardour Castle was originally built by Lord John Lovell, before it was forfeit to Henry VI. The crown held it for years, before it passed to the Arundell family in 1547. It managed to survive two sieges, although it did sustain damage during the English Civil War. It was finally abandoned when New Wardour Castle was built nearby.  It fell into ruins, but is now a Grade I listed building managed by English Heritage.

If you’re a film fan, you’ll recognise this iconic castle ruin from the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, starring Kevin Costner and the late Alan Rickman. Wardour Castle was the filming location for the scenes when Robin Hood returns home to find his family home, Locksley Castle, in ruins.

Where is Old Wardour Castle?

This hidden gem is just an hour’s drive from Bath city centre, in the heart of the peaceful Wiltshire countryside. The Old Wardour Castle enjoys an idyllic lakeside location near to the charming town of Tisbury – also well worth a visit if you’re in the area.

Are dogs allowed at Old Wardour Castle?

If you’re visiting Bath with your four-legged friend and fancy a daytrip to the castle, there’s good news. The castle is happy to welcome dogs, even being listed on dogfriendly.co.uk.

Parking and other visitor information

If you’re a member of English Heritage, you’ll get into the Old Wardour Castle for free. If not, visitor prices start from £3.40 for children over five years old and £5.70 for adults. There are also family passes available.

The Old Wardour Castle’s opening times are from 10am to 6pm most days, but check before you visit. There is a small amount of parking available on site and nearby, and it’s all free.  The castle has a great gift shop, toilets and also offers a brilliant free audio tour so you can explore more of the history of this magnificent site.

If you’re staying in Bath and heading out to Tisbury to see the castle, why not stay in one of Bath Holiday Rentals’ convenient city centre apartments? There are lots to choose from, including cosy apartments for two and larger properties for groups, parties and special occasions.