Lulworth Castle

Lulworth Castle is located in East Lulworth, BH20 5QS (Google map) – about 6.5 miles south west of Wareham and 3.5 mile north east of Lulworth Cove.

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Lulworth Castle is an early 17th-century hunting lodge built in the style of a fortified castle for the purposes of entertaining royalty and the aristocracy. It has been the family seat of the Weld family for 400 years. They still own the castle as well as 12,000 acres of nearby countryside including 5 miles of the Jurassic Coast and popular landmarks such as Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.

Lulworth Castle on the right with St Stephens Church on the left.

The castle was gutted by fire in 1929 and the family moved to a new residence nearby. Restoration work began in 1970 in association with English Heritage and completed in 1998. It opened to the public soon after. The castle frequently holds medieval-themed events.

Lulworth Castle Opening Times

The Castle is open Sunday to Thursday 10.30am to 5pm (Mar – Oct) or 4pm (Nov & Dec). The castle is closed Jan & Feb.
Lulworth Castle, Chapel and grounds & permissive footpaths are Closed to the public on Fridays and Saturdays.

Lulworth Castle Admission Prices

It’s free to walk around the castle grounds and woodland walks including the picnic areas and children’s playground. However you will have to pay for car parking which is £3 per ticket all day.

There is a separate admission price for entry to the Castle, the Castle Lawns and the Chapel. Castle tickets are valid all day for arrival anytime from 10.30am until last entry which is one hour before closing.

Ticket TypePrice
Adult (16+)£9
Senior / student£8
Under 4Free
English Heritage memberFree
Historic Houses memberFree
Check website for opening hours and up-to-date information and admission fees. Information last checked/updated on 04 March 2024
The Castle Tearoom sells homemade cakes, cream teas and has a small souvenir shop

Camp Bestival

Since 2017 the castle grounds have been home to the annual Camp Bestival music festival The 4-day festival is usually held towards the end of July.

St Andrew’s Church sits to the south of the Castle. The church tower was built in the 15th century and predates the castle. The rest of the church was rebuilt in 1864. The church is regularly used for Sunday worship and wedding ceremonies.
Entry to the castle grounds and woodland walks is free provided you pay to park your car which is £3. There is a separate entrance fee if you want to enter the castle. See admission prices above.

Related pages: Lulworth Cove / West Lulworth Village / Durdle Door / Man O War Bay / Wareham / Weymouth / Corfe Castle