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10 of the most Amazing Historic Buildings in Dorset

Highcliffe Castle - Image by member lucsa (view gallery)

10 of the most amazing Historic Buildings to visit in the County of Dorset.

1. Hardy's Cottage

Thomas Hardy's cottage in Higher Bockhampton, Dorset - Image by member Jan Vanhentenrijck (view gallery)


2. Lulworth Castle & Park

Lulworth Castle - Image by member JudiJ (view gallery)

3. Athelhampton House and Gardens

Athelhampton House - Image by member Phil Jobson (view gallery)


4. Portland Castle

Portland Castle, Dorset - Image by member (view gallery)

This is one of the best preserved of all King Henry VIII's mighty fortresses, built by the monarch to guard the south coast against invasion from the French and the Spanish.

The castle was built around 1540, of white Portland stone, it stands in a superb position overlooking Portland and Weymouth Harbour. It was further extended in the 17th-century, and again in the 18th-century when it was the home of Captain Charles Manning, builder of the Portland breakwater.


5. Sherborne Abbey

Sherborne Abbey - Image by member Paul Johnson (view gallery)

Without doubt this magnificent Abbey built centuries ago of creamy Ham stone ranks amongst the finest Abbey churches anywhere in England. In a market town blessed with so many beautiful old buildings, the Abbey dating mainly from the 15th century is a showpiece supreme.

The Abbey possesses many historic treasures from its noble past. Amongst these, are several fine monuments including effigies of 13th century abbots. Of the memorials, the most noted is the 17th century memorial..[more]

6. Highcliff Castle

Highcliffe Castle - Image by member lucsa (view gallery)

This stunning Grade 1 listed Mansion is situated on the cliffs at Highcliffe, overlooking Christchurch Bay and The Isle of Wight. It was built between 1831 and 1835 by Lord Stuart de Rothesay, and is often described as the most important surviving house of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture.

The building was derelict for 2 decades after 2 fires, but has now been fully restored externally.

The castle is free to visit and is often used as a wedding venue...[more]

7. Sherborne Castle & Gardens

Sherborne Castle - Image by member MikeT (view gallery)

Many fascinating tales remain from the time when Sherborne Castle was lived in by Sir Walter Raleigh, a favourite of Elizabeth I. Raleigh, a seasoned charmer, had coveted the Sherborne estate for some time, he admired the superb location of what was then a hunting lodge, and somehow he managed to persuaded the Queen to request the tenure of the castle from the Bishop of Salisbury. Once Elizabeth acquired the lease, she immediately passed it over to Raleigh, and when two years later he was banished..[more]

8. Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy - Image by member Andreas Lindberg (view gallery)

Set in 250 acres of spectacular parkland landscaped in the latter half of the 18th century and now roamed by a herd of Red Devon Cattle, Kingston Lacy is one of the earliest surviving houses built in a Classical style after the Restoration of 1660.

The manor of Kingston Lacy took its name from its medieval owners, the de Lacey's who were Earls of Lincoln. Prior to this, for long periods it had been held by the Royal family until Sir John Banks bought it in 1637. The present Restoration..[more]

9. Wimborne Minster

Wimborne Minster - Image by member Ruth Gregory (view gallery)

10. Abbotsbury Abbey

Abbey Ruins - Image by member Jennie Peters (view gallery)


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