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Apr 12 2013

When Is A Castle Not A Castle?

I seem to be on a bit of a roll with Dorset at the moment so I thought I may as well continue.  This Foto Friday is of Lulworth Castle.

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So, do you know the answer to the question I posed: When is a castle not a castle?  Well, the answer is… when it’s a mock castle.  Did you get it right?

There are quite a few of these dotted around the UK.  This one was built by the grandson of a duke in the 17th century to host hunting parties for the King.  Despite a fire in 1929, which caused serious damage, it is back in good condition after it was lovingly restored by English Heritage.

I have only been there once and that was to help an exhibitor at one of the wedding exhibitions that are regularly hosted there.  It’s a popular wedding venue but you can visit the castle without having to get married!  There is also the park and the Chapel of St Mary’s to explore while you are there.

Lulworth Castle also hosts Camp Bestival every year at the beginning of August.  I have never been but it seems to be a family-friendly festival as there are loads of things for the children to do.


I love the location of Lulworth Castle because of its proximity to Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and the Jurassic Coast, which boasts a spectacular rugged coastline.

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Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.

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