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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.
History comes alive
Saxons and Vikings take over Corfe Castle in May. Purbeck once again rings to the clash of sword on shield just as it did in the ninth century when it was on the front line in a bitter war for the future of England.
Saxons & Vikings: Siege of Wareham
Travel back to the year 876 when marauding Vikings captured the nearby town. Watch as King Alfred the Great’s Saxon army battles the invaders in full scale re-enactments, visit King Alfred’s Court, meet craftspeople in the Saxon Village and sign up for Young Warrior Training if you dare.
Saxon & Viking Academy
Join the ranks in Saxon and Viking Academy (Sat 9 -Sun 10 May, Sat 16 - Sun 17 May, Sat 23 - Sun 24 May).
Become a Saxon or Viking warrior, find out what it was like to wear the armour, see the weapons and learn the skills in interactive sessions.