History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Roman foundations lie within the hilltop site
A causewayed camp was erected on the hill as far back as 3500 BCE, and later a bank barrow measuring an impressive 1800 feet was added. Sometime around 350 BCE the hill was turned into a full-fledged hill fort, probably under the direction of the Durotriges tribe, the region's dominant Celtic tribe.
Most of the visible ramparts were erected in the 1st century BC. These consist of three concentric rings of ditches and banks, with the entrance through each bank offset to isolate any invader who managed to penetrate the defenses.
During the 4th century the Romans erected a small temple within the boundaries of the fort, the foundations of which can still be seen.
Operated by English Heritage, Maiden Castle is open all year at any reasonable time.
About Maiden Castle
Address: Dorchester, Dorset, England
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: 1 mile SW of Dorchester, off A354
Website: Maiden Castle
English Heritage - see also: English Heritage memberships (official website)
OS: SY670 885
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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