Badbury RingsBadbury Rings
National Trust
Nr Wimborne
Dorset  DT11 9
 
 
 
Badbury Rings is an impressive Iron Age Hill-Fort in a field in the grounds of Kingston Lacy House (National Trust). Take care that you do not tread in the sheep droppings in this field.
 
Recent excavations have revealed that the site has been occupied for almost 10,000 years.
 
The Iron Age fort was built around 800 BC and consists of a central tree clad hill 300 feet (100 metres) high. The fort is encircled by three 40 foot (15 metre) earth ramparts and four Bronze Age round barrows either side of the entrance.
 
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The National Trust has erected notice boards around the site giving helpful information.
 
Legend has it that this fort was the site of a major battle between the Romano-British inhabitants led by King Arthur and the Anglo-Saxon invaders. It’s a nice story anyway and the views from the fort are stunning.
 
After tramping around the site a little refreshment might be required. A visit to the Anchor Inn, only a mile away in the village of Shapwick is recommended.
 
Accommodation - Search & Book through Agoda here:    External Link
 
Contact & Further Information
Website   National Trust/ Badbury Rings    External Link
 
Getting There
- From London, By Car
Exit the M25 London Ring Road motorway at junction 12 and take the M3 passing Basingstoke and Winchester and at Southampton take the M27 west. The M27 becomes the A31.
 
Follow the A31 towards Wimborne Minster and at the A350 junction head northeast towards Blandford Forum. The turnoff to Shapwick is about 1 mile (1.6 km) on the right.
 
Drive through the village to the B3082 and the Badbury Rings site is across the road!
 
Google Map - Badbury Rings