Lulworth castle, built in the early 17th Century as a hunting lodge, became a country house at the heart of a large estate. Thomas Howard, 3rd Lord Bindon, built the Castle in order to entertain hunting parties for the King and Court. The Howards owned it until 1641 when it was purchased by Humphrey Weld, the direct ancestor of the present owners.
The exterior of the Castle changed little over the years but the interior evolved in line with changing fashions until it was gutted by a disastrous fire in 1929. Restoration work began on the ruin by the Department of the Environment and was followed through to completion in 1998 by English Heritage.
Enjoy the tranquillity of the nearby 18th century Chapel, bring a picnic, let off steam in the Adventure Playground & wander through the park and woodland (dogs welcome in the park on leads). Pay & display parking allows visitors access to the park & grounds, with a separate admission charge for the Castle and Chapel.
The Castle & Courtyard are also available to hire for weddings, corporate events and private parties.
At the Castle gates, the Weld Arms offers a fine selection of ales and hearty, wholesome food. Nearby in the beautifully restored old Catholic School Building, Past and Presents has a wonderful selection of unique gifts and an Internet Café serving refreshments and delicious Dorset cream teas.
The Castle is typically open Sunday to Friday (Closed Saturdays) 10:30am until 5pm, last entry is 1 hour before closing.
The Park is open from 10am until 5pm Sunday to Friday (Closed Saturdays)
Lulworth Castle & Park,
Telephone 01929 400352