Old Wardour Castle
Just 23 miles to the west of the Holiday Inn Salisbury - Stonehenge, and tucked away down some narrow country lanes, you will find the historic ruins of Old Wardour Castle. Set in beautifully landscaped grounds this impressive hexagonal castle hold the stories of bloody Civil War and the rise and fall of the Lovell and Arundell families. It was famously used in the Kevin Costner film Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and today it is a great place for exploring dark passageways and steep staircases rich in history. Make sure you don’t miss the stunning views from the castle turrets or the ammonites in the grotto nestled in the surrounding woodlands.
Old Wardour Castle is an English Heritage site so please check their website for details of opening times and current prices. For the history buff, it is worth buying a copy of the Old Wardour Castle Guidebook, or you can take advantage of the free audio guide if you prefer. Alternatively there is plenty of signage around the site to keep you on track and informed.
English Heritage provides a range of refreshments and there are toilets and a gift shop. Our advice would be to pick a good day for the weather and take a picnic! Make sure you take some rugs as there are lovely grassy areas with superb views of the surrounding countryside. You can sit back and relax while the kids run around and burn off some energy.
Where to Stay
If you are visiting the area and need somewhere to stay why not book in to the Holiday Inn Salisbury-Stonehenge. This stylish and sophisticated hotel is located directly off the A303 and is a great place to explore everything the surrounding countryside has to offer. Renowned for great breakfasts and a delicious menu at the Solstice Bar and Grill, you certainly won’t go hungry!