Old Wardour Castle

Type:Castle / Fort

Nr Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6RR
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Old Wardour Castle

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The unusual hexagonal ruins of Old Wardour Castle stand serenely in their lakeside setting, protected by acres of wood. But their beguiling scene of rural tranquillity masks a bloodthirsty past - a terrible battle was fought here in 1643 when Parliamentarian forces besieged the castle for several weeks. By the time the occupants surrendered, the damage to the castle was extensive; an audio tour brings to life the castle’s long history. Today, surrounded by landscaped grounds which include an elaborate rockwork grotto, Old Wardour is a picturesque location for picnics and a relaxing day out. Wedding venue.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult - Adult£4.50 per ticket
Child - Child£2.70 per ticket
Concession - Concession£4.00 per ticket
English Heritage Members - Free AdmissionFree
Unit 5 - Family£11.70 per ticket

Prices may apply on event days for English Heritage members.
Please note, opening times and prices are subject to change, please check the website for details www.english-heritage.org.uk/oldsaru



  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Induction loop in ticket kiosk.
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Carvings to touch.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • Picnic area

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Event venue
  • Open all year
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Wedding Venue

Key Features

  • In countryside
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction

Languages spoken

  • French spoken
  • German spoken
  • Staff Fluent in Languages - Other - German; French

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • On site parking - free
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 01:30
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Groups Accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 100
  • Min group size - 11
  • Special group rates
  • Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted
  • Visa Debit accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • French printed material
  • German printed material

Target Markets

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Families

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is A30. Located off A350 2 miles south-west of Tisbury.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Tisbury station, 2.5 miles. Wilts and Dorset bus route 26 from Salisbury to Shaftesbury (passes Tisbury train station).


  • Other Awards Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2022
  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

Opening Times

2022 - Currently Closed Until 1 May (25 Mar 2022 - 30 Sept 2022)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 18:00*
2022 (1 Oct 2022 - 31 Oct 2022)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00*
2016/2023 (1 Nov 2022 - 31 Mar 2023)

* *Currently Closed Until 1 May*

Closed 24-26 December and 1 January.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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