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“Impressive castle”

Lulworth Castle & Park
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed March 3, 2013

As you approach Lulworth from the Wareham road you get glimpses of the castle through the tress and it is a most impressive and imposing building. The building is managed by English Heritage and they charge £5 admission although on the day of our visit there was a wedding fayre.

The castle has extensive grounds which are well kept with sheep grazing. There is a large visitor car park and everything is clearly sign posted for the visitor. There is a beautiful church right next to the castle and this is also worth exploring.

Inside the castle is not fully renovated and you can see right up into the roof space in some areas so it is a bit drafty.

On the ground floor you can see the kitchen and this is laid out just how it would have been in olden days.

Overall a very interesting place to visit. Plenty of toilets and these were clean and tidy.

They also offer a full wedding package and it certainly would be a stunning location for the big day.

Thank AngieP49
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

My wife and I walked from Lulworth Cove up past the Army barracks and followed the road signs to Lulworth Castle, a beautiful walk on a warm February day during the half term. The castle is a shell but the elegance can be seen, and it must have been amazing in its heyday before the fire in 1929. St Andrew church and the RC church are must do's, both are stunning, one very old cold and beautiful and the other newer, brighter and beautiful. The grounds are well kept and you could just imagine sitting out on the lawn with a big picnic and all the kids running around! The views from the top are stunning.

One tip, definitely purchase the Guidebook - only £1.00, but one of the best and most informative guides I have come across.

Thank ThePatersonGang
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

We visited the castle on a Sunday when there was a wedding fayre on, although this did not spoil our visit it would have been nice to see it empty, but we will revisit. The castle burnt down in the early 1900's and has been very well restored, although roofed the floors have not been put back in. The basement was easily accessible and again tastefully done up to reflect the castle kitchen life. The outside chapel was simply beautiful and very ornate, we had the luxury of being the only ones in there at the time guess that's the beauty of doing these places when there is an event. The church was also worth a pop in and see. There are good steps although quite a few of them that take you to the top of the castle where the views are outstanding. The castle although private is free to English heritage members and even if you pay the fee is very reasonable.

1  Thank Fiona F
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

We visited the annual wedding fair set in and around the Castle. The range of exhibitors (caterers, marquees, photographers, florists, limousines, etc) was exactly what we needed, and all under one roof. We sealed some deals for an upcoming special family event.

Thank dorsetgourmet
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

We went for a bank holiday spectacular Dramatic sword fights, jousting and daredevil horseback stunts took place in front of the castle.
There was also be juggling by Fiery Jack and the medieval trading village, aimed to recreate 14th and 15th century England, will be set up in the castle grounds.
Lulworth Castle is an early 17th century hunting lodge which was gutted by fire in 1929.
The exterior is restored and displays inside aim to recreate the history of the building.
The adjoining 18th century chapel is the first free-standing Roman Catholic Church built in England since the Reformation.
The castle grounds include an adventure playground, indoor children's activity room, woodland walk and an animal farm where you can help feed the animals.Great Day out

Thank wendy b
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LulworthCastle, Public Relations Manager at Lulworth Castle & Park, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2013

Delighted that you had such a good time. After a series of poor summers - weatherwise - the Estate decided that its extensive outdoor events programme was no longer commercially viable. Lulworth Castle and Park do still host events staged by outside organisations such as car and sporting rallies, charity do's and of course Camp Bestival. The Castle and Park are open daily except Saturdays (see website for exceptions).
P.S. Better value than ever...Your car park ticket bought at Durdle Door or Lulworth Cove is now also valid at Lulworth Castle and Park. Three great locations for the price of one! We hope to se you again.

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