Enjoy one of Britain’s most iconic and evocative survivors of the English Civil War, partially demolished in 1646 by the Parliamentarians.
A favourite haunt for adults and children alike, you can’t fail to be captivated by these romantic castle ruins with breathtaking views across Purbeck.
Discover 1,000 years of our history as a royal palace and fortress. With fallen walls and secret places, there are tales of treachery and treason around every corner!
Spot the ‘murder holes’ and count the arrow loops. Feel history come to life and see the wildlife that has set up home here.
Saxon and Viking warriors, medieval bowmen and Civil War soldiers: they all have their day at Corfe Castle.
A regular programme of major re-enactment events runs from April to September. It includes recreated period campsites as well as historic weapons demonstrations and battle re-enactments.
There is also a shop which sells locally made gifts, books, maps, castle guides, postcards and souvenirs. They even sell a range of outdoor clothing and equipment in the shop, just in case the weather turns a little chilly!
And little ones will love the full range of toys – including helmets, swords and medieval models – to fire the imagination of castle explorers!
Finally why not treat yourself to something scrumptious in the 18th century tea room, with summer garden and winter log fires!
Corfe Castle is very easy to find. It is located on the A351 Wareham to Swanage Road. Norden Park and Ride has parking for 350 cars and is just 1/2 a mile from the castle. However the best bit is that you can reach the castle from here by taking the Swanage steam train, making your trip to Corfe Castle just that little bit more magical! Alternatively take the full train trip from Swanage through some beautiful countryside. The castle can also be reached by local buses.
In fact, if you arrive by public transport make sure you show your ticket at the entrance to receive a voucher which is redeemable at the National Trust shop or tea room!
Corfe Castle is carefully looked after by The National Trust, a charity which dedicates it’s time to looking after hundreds of places around the country. Support them by visiting this stunning place and seeing for yourself just how much dedication goes into ensuring that these attractions around forever, whilst enjoying a great day out!
Free admission for National Trust members
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