National Trust managed Corfe Castle is a dramatic ruin sitting atop a hill overlooking Corfe village itself. Open to the public throughout the year, there are a range of events hosted on site, as well as a second hand bookshop and a visitors centre. A great stop to soak up some history, the village offers a range of diversions in the form of shops, eateries and pubs.
The Castle is a magnificent medieval ruin that has stood as a symbol of history and heritage for over a thousand years. This iconic castle, perched on top of a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside, is not only a remarkable historical site but also boasts stunning natural landscapes.
Its’ history is rich and storied, built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror when it served as a defensive fortress against invaders. Over the centuries, it played a crucial role in various historical events, including the English Civil War, when it was besieged and partially destroyed by Parliamentarian forces. Today, the castle stands as a captivating ruin, a testament to its medieval past and the turbulent history of England.
Buy tickets at the entrance or online in advance. Once inside, you can wander through the remnants of the castle, climbing to its highest points for breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Purbeck Hills and the charming village of Corfe below.
Key features to explore within the castle grounds include the medieval walls and battlements, the gatehouse, and the ruins of various chambers that once served as living quarters and halls. There's also an informative visitor centre that provides insight into the castle's history and its role in English heritage.
The village of Corfe itself is a quaint and charming place to explore, with narrow streets, stone cottages, and a delightful sense of history. The castle is set against the backdrop of the rolling Purbeck Hills, creating a stunning and picturesque landscape that our walkers love. Take a stop at the cosy village tea-room offering lovely views of the castle, or picnic by Corfe River at the Old Mill picnic area.
Read more about the fascinating history of the Castle here.