Ludgershall Castle is a ruined 12th-century fortified royal residence at Ludgershall in Wiltshire, England. Three large walls still remain of the castle, which was turned into a hunting lodge by Henry III but fell into disuse by the 15th century. The ruin was listed as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 1981.Using our online itinerary creator, Ludgershall attractions like Ludgershall Castle can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Extensive earthworks remain, although a private house stands on part of the site. The earthworks have been greatly altered by quarrying. The southern enclosure, which lies within them and at the opposite end of the site from the standing walls, is thought to have been an Iron Age stronghold.
A medieval castle was probably first built in the late 11th century by Edward of Salisbury, Sheriff of Wiltshire. By about 1100 it had come into the possession of the Crown, and John the Marshal (died 1165) is recorded as the king's castellan. He strengthened it and may have added the northern enclosure, which contained the important buildings, largely in stone, including a great hall and a tower with royal living quarters. The southern enclosure was the bailey, where there were stables, kitchens, and timber farm buildings.
King John improved the castle as a hunting lodge in 1210. Ludgershall was a more important place in medieval England than it is now, and was able to send two members to Parliament, a privilege it kept until the Reform Act of 1832.
Ludgershall Castle Reviews
An interesting 13th century ruin situated just off the main road from Andover to Devizes. When I visited, it was very quiet as I had the site pretty much to myself. Some good & detailed signage explai... more »
After spending most of my teenage years down at this famous old castle rolling down the hills and getting the odd roll in the grass I came back to the city of Ludgershall to see what had changed. I am... more »
Very enjoyable visit to see the castle at Ludgershall during a beautiful evening. Parking is easy to find, there are about 5 spaces, although there is plenty of parking in the town. The castle is larger than I expected, the walk around the ruins is pleasant but not very even.
Free! Nice walks and interesting, 10 mins visit tho
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