Trip Planner Europe  /  UK  /  England  /  Dorset  /  Isle of Purbeck  /  Corfe Castle  /  Historic Sites  /  Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Categories: Castles, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.5/5 based on 1,600+ reviews on the web
Perched atop a tall hill lie the fortress ruins of Corfe Castle, built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. The steep slopes provide tremendous views of the quaint village below. The remains of the west bailey contain a stone wall with three towers dating from 1202, when the structure was refortified. You'll feel history come alive as you pass through the gates and ascend the steps leading to a royal fortress shaped by warfare. Use our Corfe Castle itinerary builder to arrange your visit to Corfe Castle and other attractions in Corfe Castle.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
going to
read all reviews »
  • It is great to see that conservation work is still going on to preserve this historic and grand site. We last visited 30 years ago when camping with our children - we still find the site spell binding...  read more »
  • The history of this ancient ruin is most interesting - adequately explaining the political machinations during the Civil War of the C17 
  • We visited with our toddler and baby with a double buggy using our National Trust cards. As expected not all of the site is accessible with the buggy but we found a very pleasant spot fairly high up w...  read more »
  • A lovely castle heavily damaged in the past which in a way makes it all the more interesting. Quite a steep walk up so for those pushing buggies/wheelchairs or who cannot walk very far it may be difficult. Gorgeous setting around a small village. Lovely views. Good for those who love history. Nice to see some of Britain's history.
  • Beautiful ruin in a lovely little town. However the national trust entrance fee is a rip off. £2 parking and £9 entry, for half an hours worth of pottering about it seemed a bit steep. But like I said the castle itself is very interesting and has some amazing views.
  • I really like this castle, it doesn't have the facilities of the Disney castle in Paris or the fun factor of a bouncy castle, but it is really old, like properly really old, you can't even think how old it is because you weren't born then and you can't think before you're born (that's a scientific fact). You have to give this castle a 5 star review because it's the best at being a castle, if you take stars off because of something stupid like parking then you're an idiot and deserve to have your fingers cut off because in the same way you can't think before you're born you can't think after you're dead and the king who built the castle didn't know we would have big cars and radiators and cappuccinos so he didn't build a car park, but he didn't have central heating or frothy beverages so he was probably cold in the winter so if he can live in a cold castle you can stop being lazy and walk up a bit of a hill to look at the castle and remark about what a nice castle it is then have some bread from the bakery because that's probably the best bakery in the world (scientific fact) and if you don't eat bread from there when you have the chance you don't deserve to have a tongue.
  • This is one of the most spectacular castle ruins I have visited. Although heavily damaged when it was blown up you can really get a feel for how it would have been. The castle dominates the hill and can be seen for miles even from Arne. There are fantastic views in every direction and below the is the town that offers tasty lunches and cream teas. The park outside of town is an easy peasant walk with views up to the castle all the way.
  • Such an amazing place to have on my door step. The National Trust do a great job with things going on throughout the year. A great place for all of the family.
Nearby Attractions
Visit for 3​h
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h 30​m