An imposing ruin with a long and romantic history
Barden Tower was one of six hunting lodges and the principle seat of administration for Barden hunting forest. Henry Clifford, the Shepherd Lord, rebuilt the hunting lodge in the late 15th century and made it his principle residence. In 1515 he built the Priest House next to the chapel.
Visitors are welcome to wander round the ruined tower to contemplate its rich and varied history. Download a map and make it a stop on your next walk.
The adjacent Priest House is successful restaurant and popular wedding venue.
Lady Anne Clifford restored Barden Tower in 1659. Surprisingly, it did not belong to her, but on her death it was returned to the rightful owners, The Earls of Cork. Sadly the building fell into decline in the late 18th century.