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East Lulworth

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Lulworth Castle


Lulworth Castle

Built in 1608, destroyed by fire in 1929 and restored in the 1990s,

this was not a castle that was ever intended for the purposes of defence.

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Entrance To The Lulworth Estate

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Lulworth Castle

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Lulworth Castle

Lulworth castle, built in the early 17th Century as a hunting lodge, became a country house at the heart of a large estate.
The exterior of the Castle has changed little over the years but the interior was gutted by a fire in 1929. Partial restoration has taken place.

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Former stables at Lulworth Castle

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Lulworth Castle from the south west

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Lulworth Castle

Essentially a Jacobean building, it was built in 1608-10 as a hunting lodge for Thomas Howard, the third Lord Bindon. It became the family seat of the prominent Catholic Weld family when Humphrey Weld purchased it from Lord Bindon in 1641. After the disastrous fire of 1929 which gutted the castle, it lay derelict for many years, until it was restored by English Heritage in 1998. The park and its estate continues in the hands of the Weld family today, but English Heritage now care for the castle. Grade I Listed.

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Lulworth Castle and Church

A view of the castle and parish church from the roadside of Whiteway Hill.

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November 26th 2010


Lulworth Castle & Park

Lulworth Castle & Park were opened to the public in 1998 after significant investment by both English Heritage and the Lulworth Estate. The initiatives adopted by the Estate to attract visitors, such as summer jousting and other historical events, have seen numbers grow steadily to a peak of 80,000 in 2008, but it has proven to be extremely testing to hold on to that market share in an increasingly competitive industry.

Without further and considerable investment, in a particularly difficult economic climate, in an endeavour to attract greater visitor numbers, the Lulworth Estate has reluctantly decided to scale down its current activities in Lulworth Castle Park, which has, regrettably, lead to a number of redundancies.

James Weld said “The family are very disappointed to have to take the decision to reduce our activities at Lulworth Castle and the direct effect that this will have on those people who are being made redundant at a difficult time.”

He continues “We have continued to support this part of our business for the last 12 years, but the economic prospects over the next few years, make it impossible to justify further investment.

Everyone involved in Lulworth Castle & Park has worked extremely hard, but it has become increasingly clear that we are not going to achieve the visitor numbers necessary to continue the business in its current form.”

Lulworth Castle, its Park and walks will remain open to the public, but ancillary services such as the animal farm, the Stable Café and the Courtyard Shop will close at the end of December.

There will remain an admission charge to the Castle and charges for the Park and walks will be on the basis of a Pay & Display Car Park. Weddings, charity and other private events will continue to take place at Lulworth Castle and visitor numbers are expected to reduce to approximately 20,000 a year, which, itself, will have a positive impact on the Park and its landscape, reducing the pressure on the natural environment.

It will, however, continue to be a pleasant destination for visitors to experience the beautiful and peaceful landscape of an 17th Century Castle, an historical Chapel and the Parkland.


Lulworth Castle

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