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Castles & Ancient Monuments in Dorset

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Dorset Ancient Monuments, Castles, Roman Forts, Battlefield Sites, etc

blank tabHIGHCLIFFE CASTLECastles & Historic Monuments
Heritage Centre, Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe, Dorset, BH23 4LE
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Highcliffe Castle is a magnificent Grade I listed building situated just 4 miles east of Christchurch. Built in the 1830's by Lord Stuart de Rothesay, in the romantic picturesque style, the Castle incorporates beautiful medieval stone work.

The Castle is set in cliff top grounds with access to the Christchurch Coastal Path and, the unfurnished staterooms, now house the Heritage Centre, which reflect and define the Castle's chequered history. The Castle is a stunning venue for an exciting programme of exhibitions, concerts and outdoor events and is also available for Civil Ceremonies, Receptions, Banquets and Events. The Cliff Top grounds are open all year round and are free to visitors. (Note: car parking charges apply). Both grounds and Castle are fully wheelchair accessible. The Tea Rooms are open daily except Christmas Day.
Tel: 01425 278807
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Corfe Castle (National Trust)

The Square, Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset, BH21 5EZ
Tel: 01929 481294    Fax: 01929 481294


Thousand-year-old castle, rising above the Isle of Purbeck.

One of Britain’s most majestic ruins, the castle controlled the gateway through the Purbeck Hills and has been an important stronghold since the time of William the Conqueror.

Defended during the Civil War by the ardent and virtuous Lady Bankes, the castle fell to treachery from within, and was substantially destroyed afterwards by the Parliamentarians. Many fine Norman and Early English features remain.

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Hardy Monument

Black Down, Portesham, Dorset
Tel: 01297 489481     E-mail: 

Monument to Vice-Admiral Hardy. The monument was erected in 1844 in memory of Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, Flag-Captain of HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar.

It stands on the crest of Black Down, from where there are glorious views across the Dorset countryside to the sea.

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Portland Castle - English Heritage

Castleton, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1AZ
Tel: 01305 820539    Fax: 01305 860853

Originally built as a coastal fortresses to defend Weymouth against possible French and Spanish invasion.  Once you look into the history of Portland Castle, its truly amazing to find out that to date, it remains largely unaltered from its original state.

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Throop Mill

Bournemouth Council, Town Hall, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth. BH2 6DY
Tel: 01202 451451    Fax: 01202 451000    Minicom: 01202 454728

Throop Mill was mentioned in the Doomsday Book, but there has probably been a mill on the site since Saxon times. Ancient stones foundations have been discovered in the existing mill, along with coins from the reigns of George III and IV, as well as Spanish and Portuguese coins. The present building dates from the turn of the 20th Century and, although now disused, contains some fine early 20th Century milling machinery.

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Sherborne Castle & Gardens

Sherborne Castle Estates, Cheap Street, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3PY
Tel: 01935 813182    Fax: 01935 816727

Built in 1594 by no other than Sir Walter Raleigh, Sherborne Castle has been home of the Digby family since 1617. Set in 40 acres of marvellous 'Capability' Brown landscaped gardens and grounds around his 50 acre lake, the Castle contains a impressive collection of art, furniture and porcelain.

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