Lulworth Castle & Park
Lulworth Castle & Park
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10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Lulworth Castle stands majestically in extensive parkland at the heart of the Lulworth Estate, close to Lulworth Cove. Built in 1608 as a hunting lodge to entertain royalty,it was purchased together with an estate of 20 square miles, by Humphrey Weld in 1641. Today the Estate still remains in the ownership of the Weld Family. All but destroyed by fire in 1929 the Castle exterior has been restored by English Heritage while the interior has been consolidated providing a magnificent open plan space. Within its displays and exhibits, cellars and memorabilia discover the fascinating story of its past.Climb the tower for spectacular panoramic views of the Purbeck countryside and towards the Jurassic Coast - an experience not to be missed. St Mary's Chapel, in the Castle grounds, is historically significant being the first stand-alone Roman Catholic place of worship to be built after the Reformation. Inside soak up the atmosphere and tranquility of this special place. Please note that jousting no longer takes place at Lulworth Castle.
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  • Marie
    Holmen, Wisconsin9 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quite likeable but quiet
    This place needs to advertise more. There are guys and gals who are knowledgeable and friendly who take you around but they seem to outnumbered the visitors. Spend on spreading word and lower the costs passed to visitors.
    Thank you for visiting and how lucky that you picked a quieter day to enjoy the Castle and Park.
    Written June 9, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 6, 2023
  • Rob B
    Petts Wood, United Kingdom214 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent place to visit
    Thoroughly enjoyed the visit. Staff were very friendly and welcoming. The signage and information is well written and interesting. The views from the roof are wonderful. The grounds are attractive. We spent about two hours and could have stayed longer if we had explored the grounds more. And coffee and hot chocolate in the tea room was served in China mugs rather than a plastic/paper cup. Highly recommended.
    Thank you for the lovely feedback, we are pleased you enjoyed your visit.
    Written June 30, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Josepha M
    164 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive ruin
    The castle is a ruin. However it is well worth seeing. It has been roofed and made watertight by English Heritage so is free for English Heritage members. The interior is impressive with its great height. Each room includes photographs of the original use eg dining room so one can imagine being at the castle as a guest in its heyday in the 1920s. There is a small museum on the lower floor. We enjoyed a cup of tea from the tearoom as we sat in the gardens.
    Thank you for your review, we are pleased you enjoyed your visit and refreshments.
    Written July 24, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 19, 2023
  • steven w
    Leeds, United Kingdom217 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    More than just an old castle.
    I was surprised how much I enjoyed this visit, as I expected it to be quite derelict, but it has been sympathetically restored and is a popular wedding venue. Interesting history attached to the estate and quite a diverse one too. Make sure you take a walk to the church and if you get the chance but a jar of their marmalade. Made locally it is better than shop bought, you won’t be disappointed and it funds the maintenance of the church building.
    Thank you for your review, we are very pleased you enjoyed your visit to the castle.
    Written July 27, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
  • PooleBesty
    Poole, United Kingdom82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent
    We only paid for the car park, and to walk around the grounds with our grandchildren. (Did not think they would be interested in the sory, etc). The childrens play area is Ok, and kept them occupied for a while. The walsk are lovely, and offer great large vistas to enjoy. Even though there was a lot of areas being repaired following Bestival. On the lawn they offerred a number of games to keep the children entertained, and also a wet weather option in one of the rooms near the car park. Well worth a visit for £3 in the car park, and we are going back to pay to go in the Castle to see what that is about. Thanks
    Thank you for your review, we are pleased you had an enjoyable visit. The £3 all day car parking charge covers access to the grounds in front of the castle, the playground, the tearoom and the walks. The castle admission fee includes the Castle & Castle Lawn (with games), the Chapel and the children's quiz book including the trails around the castle & park. During the school holidays we have additional craft activities for children in the wet weather picnic room at the Courtyard. We hope to see you again soon to visit the castle & enjoy the additional activities.
    Written August 23, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Janeyweller
    29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful serene place
    Wow, stunning place to visit. So clean and cared for. Lovely helpful smiley staff made us feel very welcome on a seriously hot day. Great cake and tea. The castle or should I say hunting lodge was very nicely laid out, nice history boards in all rooms. Would have loved to know what’s beneath, all the hidden scary places :) The grounds so beautiful and kept lovely. Ideal for disabled visitors, wheelchairs can get around with ease. Very reasonably priced to go inside.
    Thank you for your lovely review and photographs, we are pleased you enjoyed your visit.
    Written September 8, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 7, 2023
  • MellWard
    Tamworth, United Kingdom281 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit is a must
    Visiting here was well worth it. If you’re a member of English Heritage entry is free. Walking around the remains of the castle was very interesting. This castle was used for entertaining people and going hunting in the grounds Really enjoyed our visit
    Thank you for your review, we are pleased you enjoyed your visit.
    Written September 30, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 19, 2023
  • BAHScotland
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most enjoyable visit to Lulworth Castle and the jewel of neoclassical architecture that is St Mary's Chapel
    A wonderful visit to Lulworth Castle and grounds. The car parking ticket covers the Castle, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door so you can visit all three on the same ticket. Being a Monday in November it was very quiet but that suited us well and we received a warm welcome from the lovely girl on duty for tickets. The views from the roof of the castle were spectacular, well worth the climb. The castle interior was burnt in a fire in 1929 but what is left has much of interest, especially for those who like history and architectural history. But the jewel in the crown is arguably St Mary's Chapel close by the castle, which was built in the 1780s as a Roman Catholic chapel and is still in use. Designed by John Tasker, it is a perfect neoclassical gem of a building and justifiably described as one of the finest pieces of Georgian architecture in Dorset. The Church of St Andrew's also close to the castle has a 15th century tower.
    Thank you for your review, we are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to the Lulworth Estate and hope to see you again.
    Written November 22, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 20, 2023
  • essexgran2016
    Essex, United Kingdom248 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating Castle and Lovely Grounds
    Following on from Durdle Door we arrived at Lulworth Castle set in a small charming village and arrived in a reasonably priced Car Park. The Castle set in large grounds was very interesting ( although I hadn’t realised it was basically a shell ) having been destroyed by fire and then “saved” unfortunately not fully restored. However it was very interesting and photos of how it looked before the fire are exhibited…. Such a shame they couldn’t save it. Fascinating details can be seen on the walls and here and there are blackened beams still in the walls. You can climb one of the four towers and be greeted with outstanding views of the countryside from the top. On the basement floor there are fascinating facts and actual footage of the fire which sadly destroyed the Castle. The Tea Room does a lovely Scone Cream Tea and has a small shop within it. There is a nice garden and picnic area close to the castle and some “ games” for the children to play. Had it been a warmer and drier day we would have happily stayed far longer and explored the grounds more fully. In the grounds are the families private Chapel and strangely the Village Church both of which are open to visitors. It seems the Church was once in the centre of the Village but once the Castle was built …. They very “ kindly” removed the village and had it rebuilt outside the grounds …. Leaving the Church isolated .
    Thank you for your review. We are pleased to hear you had an enjoyable visit and hope to see you again soon.
    Written April 1, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 26, 2024
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essexgran2016
Essex, UK248 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Following on from Durdle Door we arrived at Lulworth Castle set in a small charming village and arrived in a reasonably priced Car Park.

The Castle set in large grounds was very interesting ( although I hadn’t realised it was basically a shell ) having been destroyed by fire and then “saved” unfortunately not fully restored.

However it was very interesting and photos of how it looked before the fire are exhibited…. Such a shame they couldn’t save it.

Fascinating details can be seen on the walls and here and there are blackened beams still in the walls.
You can climb one of the four towers and be greeted with outstanding views of the countryside from the top.

On the basement floor there are fascinating facts and actual footage of the fire which sadly destroyed the Castle.

The Tea Room does a lovely Scone Cream Tea and has a small shop within it.
There is a nice garden and picnic area close to the castle and some “ games” for the children to play.

Had it been a warmer and drier day we would have happily stayed far longer and explored the grounds more fully.

In the grounds are the families private Chapel and strangely the Village Church both of which are open to visitors.
It seems the Church was once in the centre of the Village but once the Castle was built …. They very “ kindly” removed the village and had it rebuilt outside the grounds …. Leaving the Church isolated .
Written March 26, 2024
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Thank you for your review. We are pleased to hear you had an enjoyable visit and hope to see you again soon.
Written April 1, 2024
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Michael G
Northampton, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
As a member of English Heritage we managed to visit without advance booking + free to park well worth the yearly cost.
These well preserved castles are a must see for history lessons plus beautiful gardens.
Written January 9, 2024
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Thank you for your review, we are pleased you enjoyed your visit.
Written April 1, 2024
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Mcj67
Northamptonshire, UK14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Great place to visit, lovely restored Castle, super grounds and facilities, was lovely in November, even better with a picnic in warmer weather. Surprisingly good value for an attraction like this, would recommend.
Written November 28, 2023
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Thank you for your review, we are pleased you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again in the warmer months.
Written November 30, 2023
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Jackie R
Leighton Buzzard, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
My dog Boycie and I went to Lulworth Castle today (21.11.23) it was wonderful to be able to walk round and learn so much about its history such a beautiful Castle, had a lovely cup ( or two) of coffee in the tearoom, the ladys in the coffee shop were lovely
Will come back again.
Written November 21, 2023
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Thank you for your lovely review, we are very pleased to hear you and Boycie enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon.
Written November 22, 2023
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BAHScotland
Scotland12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A wonderful visit to Lulworth Castle and grounds. The car parking ticket covers the Castle, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door so you can visit all three on the same ticket. Being a Monday in November it was very quiet but that suited us well and we received a warm welcome from the lovely girl on duty for tickets.

The views from the roof of the castle were spectacular, well worth the climb. The castle interior was burnt in a fire in 1929 but what is left has much of interest, especially for those who like history and architectural history.

But the jewel in the crown is arguably St Mary's Chapel close by the castle, which was built in the 1780s as a Roman Catholic chapel and is still in use. Designed by John Tasker, it is a perfect neoclassical gem of a building and justifiably described as one of the finest pieces of Georgian architecture in Dorset. The Church of St Andrew's also close to the castle has a 15th century tower.
Written November 20, 2023
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Thank you for your review, we are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to the Lulworth Estate and hope to see you again.
Written November 22, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Walk with me John
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Overpriced wreck owners should be ashamed of themselves charging extortionate prices for a ten minute walk, lulworth cove is just as bad. Don't waste your money.
Written October 26, 2023
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We are very sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your visit to Lulworth Castle & Park. We do hope you managed to visit the museum & exhibits on the lower level that tell the story of the castle, the family and the fire? The beautiful Chapel of St Mary, also part of the visit, with its painted ceiling is not to be missed and of course climbing the tower to admire surrounding countryside views is well worth it.
Written November 1, 2023
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MellWard
Tamworth, UK281 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Visiting here was well worth it. If you’re a member of English Heritage entry is free. Walking around the remains of the castle was very interesting. This castle was used for entertaining people and going hunting in the grounds Really enjoyed our visit
Written September 19, 2023
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Thank you for your review, we are pleased you enjoyed your visit.
Written September 30, 2023
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Janeyweller
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Wow, stunning place to visit.

So clean and cared for. Lovely helpful smiley staff made us feel very welcome on a seriously hot day.

Great cake and tea.

The castle or should I say hunting lodge was very nicely laid out, nice history boards in all rooms.

Would have loved to know what’s beneath, all the hidden scary places :)

The grounds so beautiful and kept lovely.

Ideal for disabled visitors, wheelchairs can get around with ease. Very reasonably priced to go inside.
Written September 7, 2023
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Thank you for your lovely review and photographs, we are pleased you enjoyed your visit.
Written September 8, 2023
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PooleBesty
Poole, UK82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
We only paid for the car park, and to walk around the grounds with our grandchildren. (Did not think they would be interested in the sory, etc). The childrens play area is Ok, and kept them occupied for a while. The walsk are lovely, and offer great large vistas to enjoy. Even though there was a lot of areas being repaired following Bestival. On the lawn they offerred a number of games to keep the children entertained, and also a wet weather option in one of the rooms near the car park. Well worth a visit for £3 in the car park, and we are going back to pay to go in the Castle to see what that is about. Thanks
Written August 19, 2023
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Thank you for your review, we are pleased you had an enjoyable visit. The £3 all day car parking charge covers access to the grounds in front of the castle, the playground, the tearoom and the walks. The castle admission fee includes the Castle & Castle Lawn (with games), the Chapel and the children's quiz book including the trails around the castle & park. During the school holidays we have additional craft activities for children in the wet weather picnic room at the Courtyard. We hope to see you again soon to visit the castle & enjoy the additional activities.
Written August 23, 2023
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David B
6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
"Slum Worstival" Made Fyre Fest look well organised at times.

My excitement at going to my first proper camping festival was initially quite palpable. Our journey was scheduled to take us a little over 3 hours and we had clear instructions from our paperwork regarding what to do as we drew close to the venue. However, due to the many traffic jams, we only started seeing the Camp Bestival road instruction at around the 4-hour mark. Our paperwork did state “When you start seeing signs, stop following your Sat Nav” and they made sure this message was loud and clear by reiterating it on a big yellow sign by the road as you draw close. We complied with the order and switched off all guidance, going old school and following the yellow signs.

This was when my initial excitement was quickly dampened, as we approached the last few miles of the journey, we were greeted with a 1–2-mile queue of cars in the opposing direction, with a sign saying for us to keep heading straight, our fear was we would be instructed to join the back of this queue at some point. And sure enough, as we approached the roundabout the yellow signage clearly stated to go around the roundabout, back onto ourselves and effectively join what we thought to be a fairly long queue of cars. Oh, how naïve we were! This procession of miserable festival goers was far, far longer than we could have ever imagined. This was one of the worst traffic queues I have EVER been in, moving a few feet every 10-15 minutes (stood still for a period of 30 minutes on one occasion), we battled with bursting bladders, agitated children and incensed adults.

Bellows of “How the hell have they managed this” could be heard from the people who had been before, with those of us who were bestival virgins replying with “Is it always like this?”. “No” is apparently the answer to the latter, as we were reliably informed by our new queue buddies who had prior experience. “No, it's usually very smooth…”. Rumours of “a car's broken down” started to surface along with “they are understaffed at the gate”. Ultimately neither ended up being true, as we managed to overhear a conversation with a police officer and an organiser who had come to prevent traffic from skipping the queue and turning into the road we were stuck at.

We heard the Officer challenging the Organiser as to why they had chosen to do it “this way, this time” as apparently, it's “usually so much better as you use the other road”. To which the organiser could be heard squirming and responding that “it’s their own fault, they are following their sat navs and not the signage telling them to go a different way if they are camping in XYZ areas”. Well, Mr organiser, as I have already stated, the road diversion/instructions were very clear and we were NOT following our sat Nav. There was nothing to instruct particular people to go a particular way, just one instruction telling everyone to join the queue. The small-chinned, thin-skinned and spineless response, blaming us rather than taking responsibility, was simply pathetic and added insult to injury.

After 2 hours of queueing, we eventually made it to the Green Gate, where you enter if you are Camping Plus. By this time, we knew we would be battling the elements and father time, so when we followed the very hilly track tour parking space, the race was on. Little did we know that the race would be one of the most outrageous endurance races we have ever had. With the rain starting we had to load ourselves up like pack horses and stick what we could kit into our trolleys, we then commenced the half-a-kilometre or more hike up a pretty significant muddy hill, through the gates and to our camping spot. Yes, you can pay someone with an ATV to come and pick you up but it was extortionate for one-way trips. There was a brief moment of tranquillity in a sea of pain when we realised our camping spot was near the gate and we wouldn’t have to go much further. We headed over to our spot and looked for our dual pitch. We found our two pitches; the trouble was they had stuck a walkway between them. Pitch Red M 11 was standing all on its own, with Pitch M 12 connected only to Pitch M 13, which didn’t belong to us. There was NO indication on the ground map when we booked our tickets that we would be facing this issue, all pitches looked connected. Luckily for us, the people who did own Pitch Red M13 were friends of ours who were blessed enough to not be attending the festival. We were able to use this pitch.

Just when we thought we were through the worst of what this abysmal experience could throw at us, we realised that our pitches had huge dips in and were completely uneven, so after taking some time to find the least unlevel orientation we began pegging out, only to find the back sick of our pitch was sitting on some sort of dense rock. We could barely get any pegs in the ground and ended up buckling a good portion of them. After talking to our neighbours, it became apparent they faced the exact same issue. So, to recap, this is day one, we have hit 2 hours of traffic getting into the site which we were blamed for, had to traverse significant muddy hills to get up to and from our camping spot multiple times, probably covering several miles with a very heavy trolly only to have to use someone else’s uneven pitch, that we could not peg into. Delightful!

Just when we think things can’t get worse we realise we are right near a diesel generator, which was chugging out diesel fumes into the wind which happened to be blowing the sweet aroma of a cityscape right across us all evening and into the night. That’s ignoring the noise it was booting out, too. The showers were a small trek away but that was our choice, we didn’t want to be close but there were nowhere near enough and queues would quickly form. The toilets themselves were ok for a festival but the compost toilets were an awful experience. I appreciate we are trying to protect the environment but whoever decided that would be a good idea for families should be dunked head-first into one. There were, I think, 17 toilets and even fewer showers servicing hundreds of tents. They do warn you to pick your time when using the showers, which we did and actually, the showers were great. Clean, warm, just enough space to do what you needed with pegs and a mirror etc. Fine. But the numbers of toilets and showers were staggering short.

We decided just to get our heads down and tackle what remained in the morning. Luckily for us, the festival had provided us with an alarm at 6am in the form of tractors and traffic blasting past our tent first thing and the chorus of workers chatting away, ignorant to the slumbering masses adjacent to them, waking all the adults and children up. Once up we attempted to get teas and coffees from the coffee stand as we hadn’t had the chance to set ourselves up due to the late arrival. However, this took an hour as the two people working there were slower than the traffic that greeted us when we arrived. I'd rather have had a few coffee machines. We were slightly misled by the shower queues at 7am, thinking “This isn’t too bad at this time” on Friday morning but needless to say, this was just because many people arrive on Friday as Saturday morning was a stark eye-opener by comparison. After spending another few hours getting ourselves sorted, having BBQ’s and letting the kids burn off some energy we ventured to the arena, which was yet again, another 1km hike from our spot, up and down hills.

I can’t fault the arena. It was great, plenty for kids to see and do as well as the adults. Bars never got too busy, toilets were spaced out appropriately and the myriad of food options were a delight. We positioned ourselves and had a good day despite the rain. Returning to the tents late and a little tipsy, we easily found our way back and the overhead string lighting was great. Plus, we just followed the sound of the generator. I would recommend bringing a flag, which is always helpful to landmark your way and might save you a few hundred feet of unnecessary excursions. Sleeping was a struggle, partly due to the slope and noise but our neighbours were respectful, and no one was too loud.

Saturday was a better day as we had sunshine, but I couldn’t help but sneer at the sight of Gok Wan being lifted in a giant heart by a large crane (that was there all day) for all of 30 seconds, only to be lowered again. In my mind, I couldn’t help but wonder “How many toilets could we have had for the cost of that crane hire?”. Keeping an eye on the weather we realised that Monday would bring another torrential downpour all day, so we were faced with what was a relatively easy choice for me, but difficult for others; pack up early Sunday, go to the arena to watch the last of it and then head straight home. Sunday came, as did the rain…again…. and some of our group decided enough was enough. Facing the 5 peaks challenge to get back to the car, some decided they were going to just bite the bullet and head home a day early. So, we all did, in the rain. We Endured the arduous challenge of getting our bits to the cars, putting down the tents and eventually leaving the site, hopefully to never return.

All in all, while the weather did literally and figuratively dampen the weekend, it was not even close to being my main gripe, particularly as it was out of organisers control. While I entered the experience with trepidation and excitement, I left with resentment and disdain. I not only have no interest in returning to Camp “Best”(ha!)ival, I have no inclination to attend ANY camping festival, now. I will be seeking compensation for this experience but won't be holding my breath. Had I known that the ticket protection we purchased would have provided me with a full refund had it “taken more than 2 hours to get in”, I probably would have turned around on Thursday. Camping “Plus” is certainly a misleading title, either that or id dread to think what normal camping is like. Everything is grossly overpriced, as you’d expect at a festival, returnable cups are used which you have to pay an extra 2 quid for. Good for the environment, tough on the pocket.

All in all, don’t waste your money. For a well-experienced festival that should know better, this was a horror show from start to finish.
Written August 4, 2023
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The Lulworth Castle & Park page is for the Castle as a visitor attraction. To feed back on Camp Bestival please do contact the festival team directly on heretohelp@campbestival.net
Written August 10, 2023
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