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Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset
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Fairytale castles

Are your children knights on horseback or dragon-slaying maidens? Here's our pick of our favourite fairytale castles to get your family's adventure started.

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The Castle: peeling back the layers

Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland

Lindisfarne Castle is a fine example of an Edwardian holiday home, and of the work of the young architect Edwin Lutyens.

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The Castle at Lindisfarne

Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland

Protected by the elements, our castle is inaccessible twice a day at high tide but then you reach us we're worth it. Dressed with period items, home to a wind indicator and an abundance of wildlife, come and discover us.

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Our work at Watersmeet

Watersmeet, Devon

Learn more about our work at Watersmeet.

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Take a tour of Bembridge Fort

Bembridge Fort, Isle of Wight

Let our volunteers bring this fort to life on one of our guided tours. Built in 1860s and going through a restoration programme, tours offer you a rare chance to see inside this historic building.

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Caring for Cadbury Camp

Cadbury Camp, North Somerset

The National Trust is responsible for maintaining Cadbury Camp, gradually restoring this historically important corner of Somerset into a haven for native wildlife.

Bembridge Fort

near Bembridge, Isle of Wight

A Victorian fort gradually being restored

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Reigate Fort

Reigate Hill and Gatton Park, Surrey

Learn about the Reigate Fort and how it made London feel secure against the French.

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A battle that never took place

The Needles Old Battery and New Battery, Isle of Wight

The Needles Old Battery was built on the orders of Lord Palmerston to protect the naval dockyards at Portsmouth against the threat of attack by the French.

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St Helens Fort

St Helens Duver, Isle of Wight

Despite its history of warfare, the fort at St Helens has now become the imposing destination of a mass unofficial walk.

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Victorian Reigate Fort at Reigate Hill and Gatton Park

Reigate Hill and Gatton Park, Surrey

The fort was built at the end of Queen Victoria’s reign to hold tools and ammunition in the event of an attack on London.

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Brean Down through history

Brean Down, North Somerset

Take a trip through time on Brean Down.

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Bringing Bembridge Fort to life

Bembridge Fort, Isle of Wight

We love bringing the fort to life for visitors and we often have visitors who remember it from its heyday as a factory and those who share their memories of its part in the Second World War.

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Dumpdon Hill Fort

Shute Barton, Devon

An impressive Iron Age hill fort, Dumpdon sits on one of the largest and most striking hills in the beautiful Otter Valley.

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History around Bolberry Down

Bolberry Down, Devon

Walk to the Iron Age fort at Bolt Tail, learn about the shipwrecks that are still submerged along this section of the coastline and find out what part Bolberry Down played in protecting Britain during World War II.

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Gallants Bower

Little Dartmouth, Devon

Built between 1643 and 1645 and now just a ruin, the Civil War fort is still an impressive place to explore with amazing 360 degree views across the estuary and inland.

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Explore Coniston and Tarn Hows

Tarn Hows and Coniston, Cumbria

Explore Coniston and enjoy some of the Lake District's most varied landscape. Whether you're there for a holiday or a day trip it'll be a memorable experience.

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Romans by the Rivers

Ambleside, Cumbria

Built on the shores of Lake Windermere when Cumbria was a land of mountainous warfare, today it's a beautiful spot, steeped in history and perfect for a picnic by the lakeshore.