Castles

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This was probably the largest fortress in England in the 5th century. Archaeological evidence also suggests it could be the fortress of King Arthur.  
Opening Times: Unrestricted all year
Entrance fee: Free
Daytime Tel: 01935 462462
Website: www.country-breaks.com/cadbury.htm

The castle is a three story fort on a shingle spit at the mouth of Southampton Water. It was a critical element in the defences of the south coast.  
Opening Times: Daily 10.00am 4.00pm
Season: April to October
Entrance fee: Adult £2.80, Senior £2.10, Child £1.40
Daytime Tel: 02380 892023
Email: customers@english-heritage.org.uk
Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/calshot

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The castle controlled the gateway through the Purbeck Hills. It is one of Englandís most majestic ruins, dating from the 13th and 14th centuries.  
Opening Times: Daily except Dec 25,26; opens 10am, closes 4,5 or 6pm
Season: All year.
Entrance fee: £4.70, child £2, groups £4.10
Daytime Tel: 01929 481294
Email: corfecastle@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wessex

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Dramatically sited on a wooded hill overlooking the countryside, a castle has been here since Norman times. The gatehouse dates from 13th century.  
Opening Times: Daily 20 Mar. - 23 Oct 11am - 5pm. 24 Oct - 19 Mar 11am - 4pm.
Season: All year.
Entrance fee: £.3.00 Castle and garden.
Daytime Tel: 01643 821 314
Email: dunstercastle@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wessex

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The manor of Hungerford passed to the Hungerford family in 1370 who fortified it. Enough is left to give a fine example of a medieval manorial castle.  
Opening Times: 1 April-30 Sept., daily 10.00-17.00 or 18.00. 1 Oct.-31 March, 11.00-16.00
Season: All year
Entrance fee: £2.80, £2.10, £1.40
Daytime Tel: 01225 754026
Email: customers@english-heritage.org.uk
Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/farleighhungerford

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The fort contains a fine exhibition that covers the story of these Victorian castles and the other defences around the Solent.  
Opening Times: Sat., Sun., April-October, 10.00-17.00 or 18.00
Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn
Entrance fee: £2.50, £1.90, £1.
Daytime Tel: 01225 754026
Email: customers@english-heritage.org.uk
Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/fortbrockhurst

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The last bastioned fort built in England and the first with casemates in the curtain walls. A fine example of 18th century defensive architecture.  
Opening Times: July-September, advance booking only
Season: July-September
Entrance fee: by prior arrangement
Daytime Tel: 01424 775705
Email: customers@english-heritage.org.uk
Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/fortcumberland

Like Calshot Castle, Hurst Castle was built by Henry VIII in 1544 as one of a chain of coastal fortresses protecting the entrance to the Solent  
Opening Times: April-October, 10.00-17.30 daily
Entrance fee: £3.00
Daytime Tel: 01590 642344
Email: customers@english-heritage.org.uk
Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/hurst

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The castle was built in the 17th century as a hunting lodge. Since 1641, it has been the home of the Weld family.  
Opening Times: April-October, 10.30-18.00. November-March, except 23 Dec.-9 Jan., 10.30-16.00
Season: All year except 23 Dec. t
Entrance fee: £7.00, £5.00, £4.00
Daytime Tel: 01929 400352
Email: customers@english-heritage.org.uk
Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/lulworth

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This is one of the finest and largest iron age hill forts in Europe. Its massive banks enclose an area equivalent to 50 football pitches.  
Opening Times: Unrestricted
Season: Unrestricted
Email: customers@english-heritage.org.uk
Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/maiden

This is a 14th century moated castle that is dinstinctly French in styled.  
Opening Times: Unrestricted access at all times.
Season: Unrestricted
Entrance fee: .Free
Email: customers@english-heritage.org.uk
Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/nunney

Built around 500 BC, Romans, Saxons and Normans were all occupants of the site. A castle, palace and church were built within the earthwork.  
Opening Times: Open alll year excluding 25, 26 Dec., 10.00-16.00, 17.00 or 18.00
Season: all year
Entrance fee: £2.80, £2.10, £1.40
Daytime Tel: 01722 335398
Email: customers@english-heritage.org.uk
Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/oldsarum

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The castle was built in the late 14th century for John, the 5th Lord Lovel and designed in the French style of the period.  
Opening Times: Open all year, excluding 25, 26 Dec. April-October, daily 10.00-16.00, 17.00 or 18.00. Nov.-March, Saturday and Sunday, 10.00-16.00.
Season: Open all year, except 25,
Entrance fee: £2.80, £2.10, £1.40.
Daytime Tel: 01747 870487
Email: customers@english-heritage.org.uk
Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/oldwardour

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The fort overlooking Portland Harbour has enjoyed a colourful history. It was built to defend Weymouth harbour from French or Spanish invasion.  
Opening Times: April-October daily, 10.00-16.00,17.00 or 18.00. Closed Nov-March.
Season: Daily, April-Oct.
Entrance fee: £3.50, £2.60, £1.80.
Daytime Tel: 01305 820539
Email: customers@english-heritage.org.uk
Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/portland

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It was built around 1138 by Bishop Roger of Salisbury, King Henry 1's Chancellor. It is an excellent example of the power of the bishops at the time.  
Opening Times: Daily April-October, excluding Mon. and Friday. 10.00-16.00, 17.00 or 18.00.
Season: Daily, April-Oct.
Entrance fee: £2.30, £1.70, £1.20
Daytime Tel: 01935 812730
Email: customers@english-heritage.org.uk
Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/sherborne

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The construction of Winchester Castle was begun by William the Conqueror in 1066. The Great Hall and Sally Port are now its only surviving parts.  
Opening Times: Daily all year, 10.00-17.00
Season: Daily
Entrance fee: Free. Donations accepted
Daytime Tel: 01962 846476
Email: thegreat.hall@hants.gov.uk
Website: www.hants.gov.uk/leisure/greathall

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The castle was the chief residence of the Bishops of Winchester. Its ruins still reflect their importance and wealth.  
Opening Times: Daily, April-September 10.00-17.00. Oct-March closed.
Season: Daily April-Sept.
Entrance fee: Free
Daytime Tel: 01962 854766
Email: customers@english-heritage.org.uk
Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/wolvesey

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