Castles and Houses

The Isle of Purbeck has many houses and castles that are open to the public, below is a selection of places to visit.

Corfe Castle (National Trust)

Wareham
Tel: 01929 481294
 

Durlston Castle

Lighthouse Road, Swanage
Tel 01929 424693
 

Lulworth Castle

Lulworth Castle is situated in East Lulworth approximately 5 miles from Wareham.  The castle was built in 1610 by Thomas Howard, 3rd Viscount Howard of Bindon to be used as a hunting lodge.  In 1641 the castle was purchased by Humphrey Weld and it has remained with the Weld family to this day.

The castle was gutted by fire in 1929 and was left in ruin until the 1970s when restoration work began with the help of English Heritage.  The restoration was completed in 1998 and the castle is now a tourist attraction with the castle and surrounding park open to visitors throughout the year.

For more information on Lulworth Castle visit their website at http://www.lulworth.com