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Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

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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 »
  • 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 »
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  • How we got here was great fun... we were staying at Bournemouth and decided to try the open air bus ride to Poole.. which was awesome..From Poole we decided to take the Steam Train Ride to Corfe Castle.. where some very friendly couple gave us a life from the station to Corfe Castle.. situated in a lovely town you can spot the Ruins of the Castle...When we got their it was just awesome and the cows had climb up... lovely history... awesome views from the top of the Castle ruins... we even rolled down the hills of the castle and learnt about the history...and we were glad we got here somehow.. just exploring
  • 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.
  • So first off. We're national trust members so don't have to pay entry on the day. This is a nice day out with space for the kids to have a run around and a play in the castle grounds. Good for hide and seek when up in the castle proper. Take your time and poke you head round corners and in the nooks and crannies. So really interesting things to see. Such a shame it's ruins. Only when you're there can you get a real feel for the sheer scale of the castle. It's very impressive. A nice day out and worth popping into the village as well. The bakery near the main entrance of the castle is great for snacks or lunch to keep everyone's energy up. There's also a nice tea room and a couple of decent pubs.
  • Another beautiful place to visit in Dorset, right on our doorstep luckily. Nice little shops in the village and a few pubs for lunch and dinner. The castle is having some renovating work done on it at the moment it looks like, but it doesn't affect a visit and walk around.
  • 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 🎅

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