Maiden Castle

Local nameMaiden Castle
LocationEngland, UK

Maiden Castle is an Iron Age hill fort 1.6 miles south west of Dorchester, in the English county of Dorset. Hill forts were fortified hill-top settlements constructed across Britain during the Iron Age.

The earliest archaeological evidence of human activity on the site consists of a Neolithic causewayed enclosure and bank barrow. In about 1800 BC, during the Bronze Age, the site was used for growing crops before being abandoned. Maiden Castle itself was built in about 600 BC; the early phase was a simple and unremarkable site, similar to many other hill forts in Britain and covering 6.4 hectares.

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More information and contact


Official Website


Phone 0870 333 1181

Address Winterborne Monkton, Dorchester DT2 9PT, UK

Coordinates 50°41'40.975" N -2°28'12.829" E

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