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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.
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We are members of the National Trust, so it's free for us with parking. I'm not sure on the entry fee, so research it thoroughly. We probably spent about 1.5 hours in here. If we had to pay a high amo... more »
What an unbelievable place. The history was so interesting to read. Amazing ruins and views. You could just imagine what a beautiful castle it used to be and the craftsmanship that went into it. Heard... more »
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When we arrived we parked at Nordan and walked through the fields to get there it was a lovely walk as it felt like we were in the jungle. Once at the castle we were welcomed by a lovely lady who work... more »
Corfe is one of those places that really fires your imagination. From the moment you enter Corfe with the imposing castle ruins on the hillside to the moment you leave, every part of your body fires questions about what it would of been like to see this castle in it's former glory. The castle today unfortunately does not show an awful amount, but what does stand and the history involved, is more than enough to quench ones thirst for learning more about the varied history Corfe has to offer. I highly recommend Corfe and the fantastic events that it hosts. I have included a few photos from the Viking reenactment society within this review to showcase how spectacular Corfe is for a family day out.
Transport yourself back to different time! Beautiful scenery, with lots of nooks and cranny's to explore at this National Trust site. There is a quaint tea house where you can get the best cream teas and events such as storytelling tours of the castle on throughout the year. It is not the easiest trek up to the top of the castle but there are plenty of places to rest on the way. Best time to visit... Christmas 🎅
We went during may day weekend when the saxons and the vikings were doing a reenactment. It was great and really interesting. The kids could have fun too dressing up in the helmets and swords and fighting the big vikings 😁
Rusty Travelboy Rob
A great place to visit. The ruin dates back to the 11th century. Its particularly good for kids. Our little one loves playing hide and seek up there and rolling down the grassy hill. One could easily spend 2h up there. Then there is the quaint village at the bottom. Beautifully preserved and well worth a stroll. One can explore small shops and the old church. We are members of the National Trust and can therefor visit for "free" as much as we like. It's highly recommended. If up for a treat - take the old steam engine from Swanage.
We stumbled onto Corfe castle one day when they were having a weekend re-enactment so the place was very different to normal. There were tents, stalls, costumed people and a battle in the afternoon. Great ruined castle that looks down over the village. Some lovely cafes and shops in the village as well.
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