Forts and Castles in Dorset
Dorset has a fantastic collection of castles and forts for you to explore. There are castles with dramatic ruins to marvel and historical forts on the Jurassic Coast to discover.
Corfe Castle is one of the iconic landmarks in Dorset’s countryside. The unmistakeable ruins show 1000 years of history. The village of Corfe makes for a great outing and why not try something different and travel to Corfe by steam engine on the Swanage Railway?
Portland Castle is a great day out where you can discover the 450 year history and enjoy the sea views from the cannons. Nothe Fort in Weymouth was built in 1860 to protect Portland Harbour. The fort is now open to visitors where you can wander through the passage ways and take in the outstanding views over the 2012 Olympic sailing venue set against the back drop of the world famous Jurassic Coast.
Visit Christchurch and you’ll find it is full of amazing history! Set in the cliff top grounds at Highcliffe is the picturesque and romantic Highcliffe Castle. Highcliffe Castle is Grade I listed and was built around 1835.
You could also take a trip to Dorset’s historic abbeys and churches or visit beautiful country houses and gardens – all offer a fascinating day out and many offer events and activities that are sure to make you want to come back again and again! Check the Trips and Tours pages for more ideas on historic days out in Dorset.