History & Heritage In Dorset

Seek South West: Dorset History and Heritage

Do you love exploring histories and heritages? Dorset packages historic sites and heritage grounds that can keep you busy all through your tour trip there.With Seek South West, discovering those sites becomes easy. It will be a vicarious journey back in time to witness the making of Dorset into the historic gem it is now.

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Maiden Castle

 Maiden Castle is a magnificent edifice and one of the largest Iron Age hillforts in Europe with a number of rampant that protected the residents. Excavations have uncovered much about the 4,000-year-old building such as a Roman temple, Neolithic enclosure and an Iron Age Cemetery where most of the dead suffered terrible injuries while defending the castle.

Address: Winterborne Monkton, Dorchester

Phone: +44 370 333 1181

Website: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/maiden-castle/

Roman Town House

The Roman Townhouse was discovered during the 1930s excavations and is the only one to be seen in its original glory within the UK. The house features two different ranges that form an L shape around the courtyard, antique architecture and two hyoercausts with a window, stoke holes, a well and excellent mosaic beneath the covered building. Today the preserved townhouse is available for public viewing at no cost. Ensure you read the plaques located on the walls outside the house for a detailed description of the rooms and an insight into the building.

Address: County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester

Email: info@visit-dorchester.co.uk

Website: http://www.romantownhouse.co.uk/        

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Brownsea Island

This was the site of the first scout camp in 1907, is located in Poole Harbour. It is thriving natural habitat for red squirrels and an assortment of birds such as kingfishers, dunlin and oystercatchers. Highlights at the island include the SE Type special Electrical Light Gas Engine, nature playing area, wildlife spotting, family picnics, and camping activities among others.

Address: Poole BH13 7EE, England Pool

Phone: +441202707744

Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brownsea-island#Overview

Jordan Hill Roman Temple

The temple is a Romano-Celtic Temple located on Jordan Hill in Weymouth. Jordan Hill site was prominent at the end of the Roman occupation when the structure of economy became fragmented which caused changes in the social structure. The site was excavated in the 19th century and 1932 when four bases of the portico columns were found; the fifth base and head can be seen in Dorchester Museum. A highlight is the pit well lined with ancient roofing slabs and is believed to have been used for ritual offerings.

Address: Bowleaze Coveway, Overcombe, Weymouth

Phone: +44 370 333 1181

Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/jordan-hill-roman-temple/

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Abbotsbury Abbey remains

Abbotsbury Abbey was a Benedictine monastery in the village of Abbotsbury founded in 1044 by a thegn of King Cnut, The visible remains speculated to be part of the abbot lodging date back to the 13th and 14th centuries. For a full day, explore the nearby St Catherine’s Chapel, a short walk up the hill, built by the abbey monks as a place of quiet retreat and pilgrimage. Some ancient monuments close to the abbey include Winterbourne Poor Lot Barrows, Maiden castle, and the Nine Stones.

Address: Market St, Abbotsbury, Weymouth

Phone: +44 1793 414926

Website: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/abbotsbury-abbey-remains/

SSW Tips: disabled people visiting Maiden Castle should be aware that the ramparts are not suitable for wheelchair. If you’re driving, arrive early as there is limited parking and the fort is always busy at peak periods. The best time to visit Brownsea Island is in springtime when the red squirrels are more active in their search for food.

Whether you are looking to marvel at Dorset’s natural wonders, many which have attained worldwide popularity, or tour its ancient monuments with the help of an experienced guide, we are here to assist you. Reach out to us at Seek South West today to begin exploring Dorset’s history and heritage.