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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.

Medieval Archery at Corfe Castle

Experience the sights and sounds of our spectacular re-enactment - see right for details.

Medieval Archery: 7-12 April

Trying out medieval archery at Corfe Castle, Dorset © National Trust/Martin Franks

Step back in time as you discover how archery was used in the 1139 siege of Corfe Castle and throughout the medieval period. There will be archery demonstrations and have-a go-sessions.

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail: 3-6 April

2015 Cadbury Easter Egg Trail logo © Cadbury

Become an 'eggsplorer' and follow the trail to claim your prize of a delicious Cadbury Egghead.

Saxons & Vikings: 2-4 May

Saxons and Vikings re-enactment at Corfe Castle, Dorset © Martin Franks/National Trust

We invite you to come and witness re-enactments and battles, visit the Saxon village and talk to the craftspeople. Explore the Saxon and Viking Long Boat display, back by popular demand for 2015.

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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.

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