WALK in the footsteps of kings and knights at Corfe Castle this summer.

Families can explore the ruins of one of Britain’s most iconic and evocative survivors of the English Civil War.

Corfe Castle, in the centre of Corfe Castle Village near Wareham, is a 1,000-year-old Royal Palace and Fortress and has seen its fair share of battles, mysteries and plots.

The keep was built in the early 12th century for King Henry I, William the Conqueror’s son. Standing 21m tall and on the top of a 55m high hill, this gleaming tower of Purbeck limestone could be seen from miles around.

Although only the castle ruins remain, there is still plenty to discover, with fallen walls and secret places. There are tales of treachery and treason around every corner.

Guests can spot the ‘murder holes’, count the arrow loops and discover the wildlife that has set up home in the historic castle.

On a wildlife walk, visitors can find the castle’s resident ravens, butterflies and the wild and woolly sheep that roam the grounds and mow the grass.

This summer budding knights and damsels can step back in time to the 14th Century and enjoy an action-packed family day with the award-winning medieval experience, which is running until August 31. On Saturday, August 9, a special open air theatre production of Robin Hood is taking place for guests to enjoy.

The castle is open daily from 10am to 6pm and there are tea rooms and a gift shop available.

Admission costs £8.50 for adults and £4.25 for children For information call 01929 481294 or see nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle