Old Wardour Castle

Front Entrance

The Old Wardour Castle is located near Tisbury in Salisbury, England. Set in the countryside of Wiltshire, the drive out there was picturesque. Endless miles of greenery, slopes and hilltops greeted us along the way. Sheep roam freely on the shimmering grasses, and as we approached the castle we entered tree tunnels and rode up and down a one-lane bumpy and windy path before reaching the castle’s grounds.

Old Wardour Castle was built in the 14th century and had several owners before the Arundells became its last owners. In 1644, the castle was besieged and demolished. The castle was never rebuilt but was later integrated into a new countryside mansion.

Back Entrance

Back Entrance

On the grounds of the old castle are a grotto that was later added in 1792, and a smaller house known as the Banqueting House, which is now a chapel. Today, it is a popular place for couples to wed.

The Grotto

The Grotto

The Banqueting House, now chapel.

The Banqueting House, now chapel.

Although in ruins, the castle remains can be explored. Unfortunately the upper levels of the castle were under maintenance so we only saw the ground, first, and second floors. We walked around the broken castle, entering the cellar, kitchen, courtyard, and some of the chambers where important guests stayed in.

The Courtyard

The Courtyard

A view from the second floor.

A view from the second floor.

Despite its condition, the Old Wardour was fascinating to see. I just loved being out there in the serene setting. If you’re in the area to see other sites, I’d recommend tacking this on your list of to-dos if you like castles and ruins.

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