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“Lulworth 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 August 12, 2013

I visited the castle and grounds today. The car park is pay and display at £3 and the adult entry fee is £5. The castle has been beautifully restored and has lots of panels inside given details of the castle before the fire. In the basement you can watch a film about the events of the tragic day when the castle was destroyed and find out why the fire was not put out. There are lots of activities for children both inside and outside the castle as well as a playground. There are also picnic areas but sadly no cafe or shop. My wife and I did visit the local shop and Inn nearby. We left our car in the car park! An enjoyable day out.

Thank Jeffroyals
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

For some reason, you have to pay £3 just to park in the park. Maybe we missed something, but we’re not exactly sure what the park ‘offers’ if you were not otherwise visiting the castle.

Nevertheless, once out of the car, it is a pleasant stroll up to the castle, which looks incredibly well preserved as you approach. The castle cost £5 each to enter, and it’s only when you’re inside do you realise that it was totally gutted by fire some years ago, and is mainly just a ‘shell’ of a building.

Having said that, we still found plenty to look at and enjoy on our visit. There are a few informational displays on the ground floor, and it was particularly interesting seeing photographs of how the building/rooms used to be.

There is a modern staircase that takes you all the way up one of the towers, which affords you some very nice views of the estate and the surrounding countryside. We spent ten minutes up there just chuckling at the antics of the sheep running round the nearby field.

The basement floor housed more displays and recreations of what were in the rooms, such as displays of old toys, a wine cellar, kitchens, etc, to give you a better feel of what life in the castle used to be like.

The entry price allows you to walk through the small adjoining garden and visit the chapel next door, too.

There didn’t seem to be anything like a gift shop or café (most unusual), although the toilets were clean and well kept and a new lift inside meant that the castle’s ground and lower floors are accessible to wheelchair users.

In all, we stayed around 90 minutes in total.

Even though Lulworth Castle seems (to me) to be much less known than Corfe Castle, I found myself more interested in what was here, and at half the price, I think, therefore, this offers better value for money.

Do check their website before you venture here, however, because it does seem to be closed on certain days – it’s certainly not a 365 day operation.

1  Thank reddiguy
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

firstly, parking, plenty of it, but its also £3 to park on top of paying to get into the castle. we very nearly left again but decided to stay. although, while we were sorting ourselves out, two other cars turned up, realized they had to pay for parking as well and promptly left again.

bit of a walk to get to the castle. it is very pretty and was looking forward to seeing inside. the bloke inside who took our money, wasn't rude but wasn't the most friendly person. then, bit of a disappointment....there was nothing really to see inside!! most of the walls and floors were missing. there were some interesting displays dotted around and the million steps up to the tower was worth the view, otherwise that was it really.

the gardens also disappointed me nothing special to see. we wont be rushing back.

Thank faedensmummy
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

The castle and grounds are beautiful, it was so peaceful when we went. Bit of a walk to the castle from the car park but not far to go, there is no drop off outside the castle. It is an english heritage site and is free for members, for non members it's only £5 and you also purchase a souveir book for £1. You can also get an amazing view from the top of the castle, can see why so many people get married here.

Thank luandneil
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

This is a simply beautiful place to visit. I stayed at a B&B (Park Lodge) inside the park, and explored the many walks available. You can wander over many parts without coming across another person. The castle is impressive from the outside, and has a nice little museum in the basement, great views from the tower. The entry fee was £5, with a guide book another £1 (It was £8.50 plus £4 at Corff Castle), so it was pretty good value. The downside is that the estate has dropped a lot of attractions that they had tried to develop, including all their catering. You cannot buy anything to eat or drink on the Park. There is an excellent pub and a gift shop/cafe in the village, but be warned the cafe only sells drinks and cakes, not so much as a pre packed sandwich. It as if it has been decided that the customer will be given no options about where to eat. It is very hard to spend money, perhaps running a cafe on the estate is un-economic, but surely one person running a shop selling gifts and refreshments should be viable? Even an Ice Cream van would be better than nothing. But don't let this put you off, just make sure you bring a picnic!

Thank Lee H
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