Castles and Forts in Dorset


Stained Glass collection at Highcliff

Stained Glass collection at Highcliffe

Dorset’s ancient and medieval history provide visitors with many reasons to visit. There are many castles and forts that can be explored to this day.

Corfe Castle is one of the best known attractions in Dorset. It was built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. Although it has suffered damage over the years, especially during the siege of 1645 by Parliamentarian forces, much of the castle still stands today. Corfe Castle is open to the public and has tours, a shop, tea room and special events throughout the year.

Highcliffe Castle is a mansion built by Lord Stuart de Rothesay in the 1800s. Located atop a cliff, it provides some of the region’s best views of Dorset coastline.
The castle’s Heritage Centre hold many events and exhibitions that are open to the public, such as galleries, outdoor theatre and concerts.

The Christchurch Castle ruins are another historic site worth visiting in Dorset.
Aside from visiting the remains of the Norman castle, you can also see the Constable’s House, which features a rare Norman Chimney that has survived through the centuries.

Dorset’s ancient and medieval history provide visitors with many reasons to visit. There are many castles and forts that can be explored to this day.

Corfe Castle is one of the best known attractions in Dorset. It was built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. Although it has suffered damage over the years, especially during the siege of 1645 by Parliamentarian forces, much of the castle still stands today. Corfe Castle is open to the public and has tours, a shop, tea room and special events throughout the year.

Highcliffe Castle is a mansion built by Lord Stuart de Rothesay in the 1800s. Located atop a cliff, it provides some of the region’s best views of Dorset coastline.
The castle’s Heritage Centre hold many events and exhibitions that are open to the public, such as galleries, outdoor theatre and concerts.

The Christchurch Castle ruins are another historic site worth visiting in Dorset.
Aside from visiting the remains of the Norman castle, you can also see the Constable’s House, which features a rare Norman Chimney that has survived through the centuries.

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