Fascinated by castles and forts?

Discover new castles to visit or lose yourself in stories of warfare, decadence and romance. Browse all our castle and fort related content in one place.

Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset

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.


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.


Forts in the South West

Remains of strongholds can be seen across the countryside in the South West, from hillforts to castles. National Trust Archaeologist, Martin Papworth, has captured some of the lost stories of the defences across the South West.


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.

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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Hadrian's Wall and Housesteads Fort

Hexham, Northumberland

Roman wall running through an often wild landscape

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Take a tour of Bembridge Fort

Bembridge Fort and Downs, Isle of Wight

Open only for guided tours each Tuesday (Apr-Oct), let our volunteers bring this fort to life. Built in 1860s and going through a restoration programme, tours offer you a rare chance to see inside this historic building.


Visiting the Needles Old Battery: What you need to know

The Needles Old Battery and New Battery, Isle of Wight

If you're planning a visit to the Needles Old Battery, read this article to find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit. We've made some changes to our usual offer, to help keep everyone safe.


The countryside around Stourhead

Stourhead, Wiltshire

Explore the 2,500 acres of unspoilt countryside at Stourhead. Discover more about some of the fascinating landmarks, wildlife and way-marked walking trails on the wider estate. You do not need to book to visit the wider estate.


Badbury Rings

Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Where ancient ringed archaeology whispers of an Iron Age past


More than just a view

Crickley Hill, Gloucestershire

From brutal battles to an Iron Age Hill Fort, there's more to Crickley Hill than you might think.


Musbury Hill Fort

Exmouth, Devon

Situated above the beautiful village of Musbury, this impressive Iron Age fort offers stunning views of the rural beauty of the Axe valley and out towards Shute Barton.


Dumpdon Hill Fort

Sidmouth countryside, 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.


The history of Leigh Woods

Leigh Woods, Bristol

Leigh Woods' history spans centuries. Find out about the iron age hillfort, industrial past and the two very different sides of the woodland.


Our work at Watersmeet

Watersmeet, Devon

Learn more about our work at Watersmeet.


Things to see and do on the Dodman

The Dodman, Cornwall

There's so much to see and do around the Dodman - take your pick!