Dorset Historic Houses
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Although probably better known for its famous Jurassic Coastline and its many natural landmarks such as Lulworth Cove, Chesil Beach and Durdle door, Dorset also has a wide selection of Historic House and Castles.
Some of the castles and houses have been restored to their former glory, whilst some are still just ruins full of history, but they are all well worth a visit.
Here is a selection of places to visit during your stay in Dorset:
Highcliffe Castle – Arguably the most important surviving house of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture. This grade 1 building with medieval French masonry and ancient stained glass is externally restored to its full glory.
Mapperton House and gardens – Voted ‘The Nation’s Finest Manor House’ by Country Life magazine with gardens descending at 3 levels beside Tudor manor-house.
Lulworth Castle & Park – Built in the early 17th Century as a hunting lodge then became a country house and then later became a castle built to entertain the King and Court on their hunting parties with St Mary’s Chapel which is reputed to be one of the finest pieces of architecture in the county of Dorset.
Corfe Castle – Visit these dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle which stand on a natural hill guarding the principal route through the Purbeck Hills.
Christchurch Castle – Once playing a crucial role in the protection of Wessex, today only the ruins of Christchurch Castle remain. However, it’s an important piece of local history and a lovely walk.
Sherborne Castle - Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, this historic site contains 400 years of English History. View their outstanding art and furniture collections and Grade I listed Garden.