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“Lovely day out”

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.
Gateshead, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Lovely day out”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

We visited the Castle and Parkland last week and had a lovely time. It was quite a large estate with plenty of walks available and a great adventure playground in the woods which seemed to have a resident peacock which my son loved. The castle itself wasn't expensive to enter unlike other places nearby and even though it was gutted by fire in the 20's, you can see alot of the original features which have been restored by the owners. There are interesting before and after pictures and some examples of period equipment in the basement. There is a fabulous tower which gives you views across a wide area with pictures detailing places to spot and a children's activity room downstairs. We didn't get to see the gardens or church properly as it started to rain heavily but I'm sure these would have been equally as impressive. I would definitely visit again when in the area.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank hugo-monkey
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Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great day out”
Reviewed 25 March 2014 via mobile

I don't think the website does this place justice, very interesting interior with the absence of floors, not what we were expecting, I would highly recommend a visit.

Thank Peter G
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Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
226 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“Average to Good”
Reviewed 13 March 2014

We visited here on a Sunday and was fairly quiet. The entrance price is £5.00 or free to English Heritage members. The castle looks stunning set in the grounds and was quite interesting. Unfortunately there isnt a great deal in there to look at. You can walk up to the very top covering each floor on your way and see how it would have been. If you prefer you can take the lift. The views from the top are very good. The castle is set in lovely grounds and would be nice in the summer to take a picnic. As an English Heritage member I would go again ... just to sit and enjoy the grounds with a picnic. Dogs are allowed in but on leads. There is no cafe on site but a pub and tea rooms down the road.

Visited March 2014
2 Thank webber5
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Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Beautiful and fun”
Reviewed 10 March 2014

Very well kept and interesting. One thing I find with many castles is there's not a lot for younger children however there was a fun play area in the woods where they can have some fun. The gardens are very pretty and the castle itself is beautiful. There's a small church in the grounds which is equally ancient and worth a look. You only pay to enter the castle itself, everything in the grounds is free. Parking is pay and display but it doesn't cost much.

Visited February 2014
4 Thank Kevxh
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“A lot to see but not necessarily a day filler”
Reviewed 26 February 2014 via mobile

There is lots to see and do but not enough that it can fill a day, if you get an early start you will be finished before lunch so, make other plans to fill the day or dont rush in!!

Visited June 2013
Thank DrChains03
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