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Have you ever wondered how certain places became ruins or who once lived in the grand castle on top of the hill?
Perhaps you’re intrigued by how your favourite place looked during different periods of history or how a settlement defended itself against invasion.
If so, Dorset will be sure to satiate your appetite as there are fascinating stories of bygone times to be discovered everywhere!
The unmistakeable ruins of Corfe Castle tower dramatically over its picturesque village at the very heart of Purbeck. The castle was built in 1086 and was one of the county’s great strongholds until betrayal from within led to its downfall.
The village of Corfe Castle itself makes for a great outing. Why not try something different and travel to Corfe by steam engine on the Swanage Railway?
Overlooking Portland harbour, Portland Castle was built in the early 1540s to protect against French and Spanish invasion.
Portland Castle offers lots to do for families and couples alike, and being only four miles from Weymouth, this historic adventure can easily be combined with some more contemporary seaside fun.
Highcliffe Castle is a Grade I listed romantic fantasy castle and was built around 1835.
Harry Gordon Selfridge rented and lived at Highcliffe Castle between 1916 and 1922. Hear all about this period of the Castle's story and enjoy a traditional Edwardian High Tea at the Castle Tearooms.
Among the largest and most complex of Iron Age hillforts in Europe, Maiden Castle’s huge multiple ramparts enclose an area the size of 50 football pitches. The fort once protected hundreds of residents before the Romans came and established the town of ‘Durnovaria’ on Dorchester’s current site.
Today the castle offers wide open spaces to frolic, fling frisbees, picnic and get a taste of history.
After learning so much about the monarchs that shaped Dorset’s past, you’ll be in need of a fine place to stay and rest your head.
You’re in luck, as Dorset offers a grand selection of hotels, guest houses, cottages, campsites and in some cases, something a little more quirky!
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EAST LULWORTH, Wareham
Walk in the footsteps of Kings & Queens as you enjoy wide open spaces, historic buildings & stunning landscapes. Enjoy the tranquillity of the nearby 18C Chapel, wander through the park & woodland & bring a picnic.
Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and stately home of the Digby family since 1617, Sherborne Castle is a Historic House which reflects a glorious variety of decorative styles from over 400 years of English history. Come and experience the Castle's...
Highcliffe Castle is a magnificent Grade 1 Listed 1830s mansion built by Lord Stuart de Rothesay and is situated just four miles east of Christchurch. The cliff-top grounds, with wonderful views of the Dorset coastline and the Isle of Wight, provide...
A favourite haunt for adults and children alike, you can't fail to be captivated by the romantic Corfe Castle ruins and it's breath-taking views across Purbeck!
Award winning visitor attraction offering low cost entry & great value come rain or shine.
Built by the Victorians to protect Portland Harbour, Nothe Fort is one of the best preserved forts of its kind.
Halfway along the Rodwell Trail you'll find Sandsfoot Castle, built by Henry VIII in 1539 to protect his kingdom from foreign invasion. Abondoned by the military in 1665 it's become an iconic ruin overlooking Portland Harbour for the past 350 years...
Overlooking Portland Harbour in Dorset stands one of Henry VIII's finest coastal forts, built in the early 1540s to protect against French and Spanish invasion. Today it provides a great day out for visitors and its audio tour, included in the...
Families and history lovers alike will all enjoy a day out to Sherborne Old Castle; bring a picnic and take in the serene countryside views, then browse the small shop for unique English Heritage gift ideas and souvenirs of your visit. Light...
The finest and largest Iron Age hill fort in Europe.
Christchurch Castle was built in the late 11th Century to protect the town.
Christchurch Castle was built in the late 11thC to protect the town's and river access to the interior of Wessex.
Hambledon Hill is Dorset's most impressive Iron Age hillfort with mulitple ramparts. The hilltop is encircled by an Iron Age earthwork and there are extensive and complex Neolithic features, making it a site of major archaeological importance. ...
Badbury Rings is an Iron Age hillfort in east Dorset.
The Badbury Rings site dates from around 800 BC and was in use until the Roman occupation of 43 AD.
Now forming part of the Kingston Lacy estate, and under the guardianship of The National...
Eggardon Hill is an iron-age hillfort which, arguably, has one of the finest views of any hill-fort in the county.