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Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset

Legends in the landscape

Places have meanings and stories that are deeply rooted. These may not be backed up by written documents but tales are passed down through generations. Sometimes monuments are built to confirm the rumour of events that happened, of associations with famous people or to symbolise a sacred place. The National Trust cares for many of these mythical locations.


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.


Find a fort in the South West

From castles to hillforts, take a look at where you can discover defences in the South West.


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; perfect for a bracing walk.


Hillforts in the Midlands

Mysterious hillforts litter the landscapes of the Midlands. Find out more about five of these prehistoric features.


Badbury Rings

Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Where ancient ringed archaeology whispers of an Iron Age past

Bembridge Fort and Downs

near Bembridge, Isle of Wight

An unrestored Victorian fort set on dramatic chalk cliffs and open downland with coastal views

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Hod Hill's archaeology and wildlife boosted by grant

Hod Hill, Dorset

A new project will help to protect this stunning hillfort, important for its archaeology and its wildlife.


New: Objects from the collection

Sizergh, Cumbria

Take a closer look at our favourite objects from the Sizergh collection.

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Dunstall Castle

Croome, Worcestershire

Climb the narrow spiral staircase to the top and enjoy the amazing views at our special open days. Dunstall Castle designed as a whimsical folly by Robert Adam in 1766.


Autumn colour at Compton Castle

Compton Castle, Devon

In autumn months the garden and countryside surrounding Compton Castle fill with warm golden colours, and the castle becomes a cosy retreat where you can warm yourself by the fire in the Great Hall.


The Medieval Village

Corfe Castle, Dorset

Few periods in Corfe Castle’s long history were as dramatic as the 12th century, when a struggle for the throne brought warfare and anarchy. The medieval village is your chance to meet characters from that time including knights, scribes and siege engineers.

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Join us for a summer of sport at the castle

Wentworth Castle Gardens

Join us at Wentworth Castle Gardens for a summer of fun and enjoy the great outdoors, with free sporting activities on weekdays during August.


Rainy days at Wray Castle

Wray Castle, Cumbria

With plenty of rooms to be enjoyed on rainy days, Wray Castle is the perfect place for a family day out if you'd rather be indoors. Dress up, build a castle and let your imagination run wild.


Places to visit in Wales

We look after some of Wales’ finest castles, gardens and mansions, we’re also guardians of 157 miles of coastline and more than 46,000 hectares of land. We’re sure you can find your perfect day out with us.


Famous castles in Wales

Discover some of Wales's finest castles from the home of the Welsh Princes at Powis Castle and Dinefwr, to the Victorian extravagance of Penrhyn Castle to Chirk's English fortress.


Christmas at Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle, Dorset

Traditions old and new make Corfe Castle a special place to visit at Christmas. There’s a festive family quest to complete during the day while the ancient ruins take on a new magic with spectacular lighting effects after dark.


Christmas events in North Wales

From Illuminated gardens and winter walks to craft workshops and traditional festivities, find out more about what's happening on your doorstep in North Wales this Christmas.