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Thousand-year-old royal castle shaped by warfare
Enjoy one of Britain's most iconic and evocative survivors of the English Civil War, partially demolished in 1646 by the Parliamentarians.
A favourite haunt for adults and children alike, you can't fail to be captivated by these romantic castle ruins with breathtaking views across Purbeck.
Discover 1,000 years of our history as a royal palace and fortress. With fallen walls and secret places, there are tales of treachery and treason around every corner.
Spot the 'murder holes' and count the arrow loops. Feel history come to life and see the wildlife that has set up home here.
The mason's lodge
The mason's lodge has been quietly taking shape in the outer bailey with a little help from our friends.
It's a replica of the kind of building which would have stood in the castle in medieval times.
The lodge is built of wattle and daub on a traditional wooden frame with wooden shingles on the roof.
Look out for it on your right as you enter the castle.