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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.

Christmas illuminations at Corfe Castle, Dorset © National Trust/Neil Davidson

Christmas illuminations at Corfe Castle, Dorset

Lit up for Christmas

CORFE Castle is all aglow this Christmas for the first time in its 1,000 year history.
Every evening until January 4, LED lighting effects and burning beacons combine with braziers and contemporary lanterns from dusk to 9pm.
Please note that for safety reasons there is no access to the castle grounds while lit, but there's a great view from the village or up close from the main gate.

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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.

We love seeing your pictures and hearing what you think, so don't forget to share.

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.