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Thousand-year-old royal castle shaped by warfare

Enjoy one of Britain's most iconic and evocative survivors of the English Civil War, partially demolished in 1646 by the Parliamentarians.

A favourite haunt for adults and children alike, you can't fail to be captivated by these romantic castle ruins with breathtaking views across Purbeck.

Discover 1,000 years of our history as a royal palace and fortress. 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. Feel history come to life and see the wildlife that has set up home here.

A family helping daub the mason’s lodge at Corfe Castle, Dorset © National Trust/Neil Davidson

A family helping daub the mason’s lodge at Corfe Castle, Dorset

The mason's lodge

The mason's lodge has been quietly taking shape in the outer bailey with a little help from our friends.

It's a replica of the kind of building which would have stood in the castle in medieval times.

The lodge is built of wattle and daub on a traditional wooden frame with wooden shingles on the roof.

Look out for it on your right as you enter the castle.

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Come on over to our place. You'll find updates on what's been going on at Corfe Castle on our Facebook page, and news of upcoming events.

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Places to stay

Vineyard Farm Cottage has superb views of Corfe Castle and is one of a selection of cottages available for your stay in Purbeck.

Each has its own character and all are in great rural or village locations.

Conserving the castle

Conservation work on the walls to the east of the outer bailey is due to take place from August 2014 to January 2015.

The castle will be open throughout, and while you may see some scaffolding, disruption will be kept to a minimum.