Corfe Castle has been a Saxon stronghold, a Norman fortress, a royal palace and a family home in its ten centuries of dominating the Purbeck landscape and run by the National Trust.
Corfe Castle ruins are one of Britain’s most iconic and evocative survivors of the English Civil War, partially demolished in 1646 by the Parliamentarians, they sit proudly upon a hill of this beautiful historical village with the same name.
Discover 1,000 years of its history as a royal palace and fortress. This special place is a favourite haunt for adults and children alike where people are captivated by these romantic ruins that offer breathtaking views across the Purbecks. 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 around the ruins. Throughout the year, there is an abundance of events and exciting things to do here for all the family, from watching falconry displays, hunting for clues on the Easter trails or taking part in knight school as part of the medieval village. History comes to life at Corfe Castle where you can step back in time and discover what life might have been like once upon a time
Corfe is situated in between the towns of Wareham and Swanage and easily accessible by car. There is ample parking in the National Trust pay and display car park just a short walk from the castle. For an alternate method of transport why not take a steam train from Swanage to the small station in Corfe.