Best Castles and Palaces In Dorset

We've rounded up the best castles and palaces in Dorset in our quest to discover brilliant family attractions and places to visit near you. There are 10 Dorset castles and palaces to pick from.Alternatively, why not explore some other sightseeing days out nearby, including museums and art galleries, or tourist attractions. Find the perfect places to go with your kids and get out on your next adventure!

All the castles and palaces we list are rated according to the ages they are suitable for, facilities and whether they are suitable for rainy days or best when the sun is shining.

Many of the places we list are historic or educational in nature and would be suitable for class trips or as ways to keep the learning up whilst having fun over the school holidays.

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Corfe Castle

  • Wareham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Come and visit a 1,000 year old castle that's been shaped by warfare! One of Britain's most iconic and evocative survivors of the Civil War, visitors...

Portland Castle

  • Isle Of Portland
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The history of this fortress overlooking Portland harbour is fascinating and diverse. Enjoy some stunning sea views from the historic gun platforms a...

Old Wardour Castle

  • Salisbury
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Come and explore Old Wardour Castle! An audio tour, which is thoughtfully included in the ticket price, tells of Old Wardour's eventful past and the...

Nunney Castle

  • Nunney
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Nunney Castle is a striking and picturesque moated castle, wich was built in the 1370s. Bring your little knights and princesses here to explore the...

The Bishop's Palace

  • Wells
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Looking for a great day out? Head down to The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens in Wells, where you’ll feel like royalty for the day! Stroll through the RH...

Wells Cathedral

  • Wells
  • Indoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Wells Cathedral is a living community of prayer and hospitality that also welcomes visitors of all ages and denominations to come and explore some fa...

Farleigh Hungerford Castle

  • Bath
  • Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Farleigh Hungerford Castle is a partially ruined fortified mansion and gardens that was occupied for 300 years by the Hungerford family and today the...

Yarmouth Castle

  • Yarmouth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Yarmouth Castle is a lovely little Tudor castle, set in a beautiful seaside town, with stunning views over the Solent available from this 16th centur...

Carisbrooke Castle

  • Newport
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Carisbrooke Castle, famous for its donkeys and as a royal prison to Charles I and now the location of the stunning new Edwardian-style Princess Beatr...

Winchester Castle and Great Hall

  • Winchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Winchester Castle and Great Hall gives you and the kids a chance to visit one of the finest remaining medieval halls, which contains a replica of Kin...

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