In 1210 King John improved the cadtle and used it as a hunting lodge

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


Set in a tiny little quiet village, this castle sits on the outskirts and with no importance given to this once amazing and strong building

In County Wiltshire

I parked the car not far away in the town in a car park and walked up towards the castle through the cute little village

It was quiet walking up and not many people were there, I passed a few locals walking their dogs everyone friendly in this village 🙂

I was excited to see this beautiful castle ruins at the end of the village in the middle of a farm

The 11th-century castle was set within two adjacent enclosures, surrounded by earthwork banks and ditches. Fieldwork has established that more than 1,000 years before a castle was built the southern enclosure may originally have been a small Iron Age fort.

From about 1317 Ludgershall was referred to as ‘the king’s manor’, and was given to successive queens and royal dependants, including Queen Philippa (d.1369), wife of Edward III, and her daughter Isabel, Countess of Bedford (d.1379).

Have to use the imagination to see what it was like back when Heny III lived there

A modern farm occupies the middle of the castle but the original outline of the two enclosures can still be seen. 

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