Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth, Dorset
Surrounded by beautiful parkland with views of the Jurassic Coast, Lulworth Castle in East Lulworth is a 17th-century hunting lodge that has remained in the same family since 1641.
Since a devastating fire in 1929, the building has been restored externally and consolidated inside. The displays, interpretation panels, gallery and unique basement-to-tower interior reveal secrets from the past.
Telephone: 01929 400352 Website: www.lulworth.com
Corfe Castle, Dorset
One of Britain's most majestic ruins and once a controlling gateway through the Purbeck Hills, the castle boasts breathtaking views and several waymarked walks. The demolition of the castle in 1646 by the Parliamentarians marked the end of a rich history as both fortress and royal residence. With its fallen walls and secret places, it is a place to explore, a giant playground for children of all ages. The crumbling ruins and subtle invasion by plants and animals, along with its almost ethereal quality as light and weather change, all contribute to the unique atmosphere of Corfe Castle
- Uncover the secrets of Dorset's iconic medieval monument.
- Discover how royalty, warfare and nature has shaped the castle.
- Spot the 'murder holes' and count the arrow loops.
Open-air theatre and cinema. Enid Blyton's birthday celebration (11 August). Family and general tours. Castle Quests during school holidays. Living history events and jester fun days.
Tel: 01929 481294 Website: Corfe Castle
Tyneham, Dorset’s Forgotten Village
Tyneham Village in Dorset has been deserted for over 60 years, since the second world war. Before that it was an idyllic countryside village, only a couple of miles from the sea and the delightful Worbarrow Bay. It had it's own school, church and post office, several farms and lots of cottages and the mansion called Tyneham House, or the Great House as it was known.
Life for the villagers was idyllic and simple. There was no electricity or running water but it was still a lovely place to live, free from the trouble and strife of the outside world. All this changed just before the Christmas of 1943 when the villagers were told they must leave temporarily,however they have not been allowed to return to this day and the village of Tyneham has remained as if frozen in time for the last 60 years.
Tel: 01929 404819 Website: Tyneham Village
Hardy’s Cottage, near Dorchester, Dorset
Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 in this small cob and thatch cottage, which was built by his great-grandfather and is little altered since the family left. His early novels Under the Greenwood Tree and Far from the Madding Crowd were written here.
Be delighted by the charming cottage garden.
Programme of events throughout the season.
Tel: 01297 489481 Website: Hardy’s Cottage
Clouds Hill, Wareham, Dorset
This tiny isolated brick and tile cottage in the heart of Dorset was the peaceful retreat of T. E. Lawrence ('Lawrence of Arabia'). The austere rooms are much as he left them and reflect his complex personality and close links with the Middle East, as detailed in a fascinating exhibition.
'Lawrence Trail', three-mile circular walk, organised by Purbeck Council
Visit www.purbeck.gov.uk for information on 'Lawrence Trail'.
Follow the trail to a perfect hill-top picnic spot.
Tel: 01929 405616 Website: Clouds Hill