Architectural History

Lulworth Castle, built in the early 17th Century as a hunting lodge, became a country house at the heart of a large estate. Thomas Howard, 3rd Lord Bindon, built the Castle in order to entertain hunting parties for the King and Court. The Howards owned it until 1641 when it was purchased by Humphrey Weld, the direct ancestor of the present owners.

Architectural Features

Complete with turrets, a balustrade and numerous windows, the exterior of this Castle has changed little over the years - but the interior evolved in line with changing fashions until it was gutted by a disastrous fire in 1929. Consolidation work on the ruin was started by the Department of the Environment and was followed through to completion in 1998 by English Heritage.

Inside, the Castle now provides a stunning, raw backdrop of muted colours with exposed beams, brickwork and no ceilings from the ground to the roof. The castle is true to Original flagstones and enclosed spacing in the basement – including a nearly original 18th kitchen set-up.

Set in acres of unspoilt traditional, rolling/walled parkland, the Castle looks out on one side to the rolling Purbeck Hills. To the other, the extensive, flat and lush lawn looks down to the Jurassic coast. Locations alongside the Castle include several 17th gate houses and follies, a late 17th courtyard and stables and St Andrews church (with its 16th century tower and font).

Close to the Castle is St Mary’s Chapel - the first free standing Roman Catholic Chapel to be built for public worship in England since the Reformation. Reputed to be one of the finest pieces of Georgian architecture in Dorset it was designed in 1786 to look like a Classical garden building. The beautiful domed, painted ceiling, is lit through clear windows rather than stained glass, and creates a tranquil and inspiring atmosphere.

As home to the iconic Jurassic coastline – including the landmarks of Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door – the estate can offer unique coastal and pastoral backdrops. We can offer numerous traditional, 18th and early 19th farm buildings – all of which can be adapted for purpose as required.

Filming Attributes

When on Location at Lulworth you will benefit from experienced, practical support. As a privately owned estate - which deals with over 750k visitors a year – we are experienced in providing a whole range of services and licensing requirements. From logistical and construction needs to animals, remote access to coastal locations, extras and fence moving! Wifi is available from Estate locations. VFX support available from nearby Bournemouth & Poole.


Special Considerations

  • Accommodate Unit Base
  • Accommodation for Cast & Crew


External surfaces range from grass, sand, pebble and shingle to gravel, stone paving and tarmac. We can accommodate the largest unit bases at many of our locations with car parking and hard standing for support vehicles, crew equipment and cameras. We can offer privacy, security and seclusion for filming on site, should that be desired.

Lulworth is a short, 10 minute drive from Wareham (on the Weymouth – Waterloo line, 2.25 hours from London) and offers good access for large vehicles.

As a holiday destination, we can also offer extensive accommodation and catering facilities. The local villages of East & West Lulworth are well equipped with guest houses and B&Bs, with bigger and luxury hotel accommodation available in the nearby towns of Wareham and Poole.

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