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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 28 May 2014

Revisited the castle and grounds on Bank Holiday Monday it was very disappointing. You can park all day for £3 but this is a bout right as unless you pay extra to see the castle or chapel the grounds have deteriorated and are looking shabby.. The woodland seating has rotted there was no bird food out in the hide area and the peacock house was no longer accessible. Worst of all the tea rooms are now closed and have been for about three years. Lots of visitors where expressing similar disappointment and leaving quite quickly as there was nothing to keep them there. Come on Lulworth estate look after the tourist or they won't come back.

1  Thank Graham D
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"english heritage"
in 24 reviews
"lawn games"
in 6 reviews
"car park"
in 29 reviews
"tea room"
in 16 reviews
"children's activity"
in 4 reviews
"hunting lodge"
in 10 reviews
"information boards"
in 12 reviews
"st andrews"
in 4 reviews
"lovely grounds"
in 8 reviews
"worth the climb"
in 8 reviews
"free entry"
in 11 reviews
"extensive grounds"
in 6 reviews
"interesting history"
in 8 reviews
"woodland walk"
in 8 reviews
"beautiful building"
in 7 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 16 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 11 reviews

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Reviewed 25 May 2014

The castle was originally built not for defensive purposes but as a hunting lodge. It is very impressive on the outside, and although the inside has been damaged it is still very interesting..
Photographs of the Castle prior to the fire which ravaged it are displayed around the building.

The views from the roof are well worth the climb, and information boards point out interesting features on the horizon.

We were very impressed with the access for wheel-chair users, who are able to view much of the building. Carers are admitted free.

The Castle is within easy reach of Lulworth Cove, making it easy to combine the two places for a pleasant day out.

Thank Jim W
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

The castle and the surrounding ground look beautiful as you drive up to the car park. Once through the entrance most of the building is hollow from the inside (probably due to the big fire some years back). But there are still plenty to see in the basement. The best part is the view from the top of the tower. There's a lawn at the back where you can play games. The St. Mary's Church is a minute away to the rear/right which is worth a visit. And there's St. Andrews Church to the left. I didn't make it to the woods though.

The fee for parking is £3, add £5 pp is probably a little too much for a quick visit. But if you're spending most of the day it might be worth it (in that case take your own food and drinks).

Thank Bhim G
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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.

1  Thank hugo-monkey
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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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