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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.
Join us from 12-27 July as we take part in the national Festival of Archaeology 2014. We'll have our own answer to Time Team as archeologists dig in the West Bailey and the Inner Ward. Meet the experts, watch them at work and feel free to ask questions.
There will also be a family trail every day and a variety of different living history displays and hands on activities.