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Cary Castle
near Castle Cary, Somerset
Cary Castle
Cary Castle stood on Lodge Hill overlooking the town of Castle Cary in Somerset. Only the earthworks of the motte and bailey castle now remain. Some of the stonework of the castle was used in the buildings of the town. Read more >
Christchurch Castle
Christchurch, Dorset
Christchurch Castle
Christchurch Castle is located in Christchurch, Dorset, England. The castle was originally known as Twynham Castle. Part of the keep walls remain surrounded by a rectangular moat. There is a ruined Norman domestic dwelling, known as the Constable's... Read more >
Corfe Castle
Corfe Castle, Dorset
Corfe Castle
Corfe Castle is situated in the village of Corfe between Swanage and Wareham 4 miles away. The castle occupies a strategic position on a chalk mound in the Purbeck hills inland from the Dorset coastline. The castle and estate, including the village... Read more >
Dunster Castle
near Dunster, Somerset
Dunster Castle
Set on a wooded hilltop within the Exmoor National Park, Dunster Castle has sweeping views over the Bristol Channel and is situated on the outskirts of the town of Dunster The castle is set in beautiful park and woodland surroundings on the side of... Read more >
Farleigh Hungerford Castle
near Westwood, Somerset
Farleigh Hungerford Castle
The castle is located in the village of Farleigh Hungerford, 9 miles from the city of Bath on the Wiltshire Somerset border. Today’s castle is surrounded by a dry moat and sections of curtain wall with two of the original four towers; the south west... Read more >
Lulworth Castle
near East Lulworth, Dorset
Lulworth Castle
The castle is situated in the heart of Dorset between Bournemouth and Weymouth, 2 miles from Tyneham on the south west coast of England. Set in a beautiful parkland estate with views of the English Channel, the restored castle is square in shape... Read more >
Nunney Castle
near Nunney, Somerset
Nunney Castle
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Old Sherborne Castle
Sherborne, Dorset
Old Sherborne Castle
Old Sherborne Castle is situated in the grounds of the ‘New Sherborne Castle’, half a mile east of Sherborne in the south west of England. The ruins of ‘Old Sherborne Castle’ comprise of part of a high curtain wall and its three storey gatehouse and... Read more >
Portland Castle
Fortuneswell, Dorset
Portland Castle
Portland Castle was built by Henry VIII in the 1540s as a coastal defence against the French and Spanish. It was used as a prison during the Civil War, a sea-plane station in World War I, and a command post during World War II. It is now owned by... Read more >
Sandsfoot Castle
Weymouth, Dorset
Sandsfoot Castle
Sandfoot Castle is situated just to the West of Weymouth, on the edge of the cliff overlooking Portland Harbour. The main castle was rectangular with two storeys and dungeons. It provided a heavy gun emplacement, quarters for its garrison and... Read more >
Sherborne Castle
Sherborne, Dorset
Sherborne Castle
Sherborne Castle is situated half a mile east of Sherborne in the south west of England. The original rectangular four storey house with hexagonal corner turrets is the centerpiece of the castle with the later additions of four wings and further... Read more >