Maiden Castle - English Heritage

photograoh of maiden castle

This is the finest and largest Iron Age hillfort in Europe. Its banks enclose an area the size of 50 football pitches, which would have been home to about 200 families. When the site was excavated in the 1930s and 1980s it provided important details about life in these communities, as well as dramatic proof of British resistance to the Roman invasion in AD43. It also supports theories suggesting that long-term tribal rivalries prevented the Britons from uniting in their own defence.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences, Prehistoric site, Archaeological site

Opening hours

Daily, any reasonable time

Admission charges



  • English Heritage

Additional info

Directions: 2 miles south of Dorchester. Access off A354, north of bypass (OS Map 194; ref SY 670885)

Collection details

Archaeology, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • The largest Iron Age hillfort in Europe

Maiden Castle - English Heritage
Nr Dorchester
no postcode


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