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A thousand years of history

The Gloriette at Corfe Castle, Dorset © Matthew Antrobus

The Gloriette at Corfe Castle, Dorset

Founded during the reign of William the Conqueror, Corfe Castle was a royal fortress for 500 years.

In 1635 it became the property of the Bankes family and in 1982 it passed into the ownership of the National Trust.

Get a taste of life in a castle

Find out about life in the castle on a fascinating tour © National Trust

Find out about life in the castle on a fascinating tour

Whether you’re young or old, our castle tours offer a great way to bring the castle ruins to life.

An expert guide will place this dramatic ruined castle in its geographical and historical context.

For schools and colleges

  • A school group visits Corfe Castle, Dorset © National Trust

    Key Stage 1

    - Castles
    - Discover what life was like in a castle
    - Homes now and then

  • A school group visits Corfe Castle, Dorset © National Trust

    Key Stages 2 & 3

    - Past events, people and changes
    - Corfe Castle: A thousand years of history
    - Links to medieval realms

  • Corfe Castle from the South © Matthew Antrobus

    Higher education and adult learning

    - Architectural stonework conservation (HND, undergraduate, masters)
    - Guided walks looking at the historic landscape of Purbeck, the stone industry and farming (adult learning)

Get hands on with history at Corfe Castle, Dorset © NTPL/David Levenson

Get hands on with history at Corfe Castle, Dorset

Booking

  • Please pre-book for all education activities
  • Charges for guided tours/walks are £3 per student, adults free
  • Contact us by email or on 01929 477062 for more information

Making the most of your visit

Trips and falls

Beware uneven surfaces © David Levenson

The castle is built on a steep mound and there are uneven surfaces underfoot, which may become slippery when wet.

Climbing the walls is dangerous and is not allowed.

Access

The Wildlife Walk is a great way to reach the castle from the car park © National Trust

Car and coach parking is at Castle View, just outside the village on the Corfe Castle to Wareham road.

Please allow 15 minutes to walk to the castle entrance via the wildlife walk.

Toilets are at the main entrance.

Clothing

Enjoy one of thr most evocative ruined castles in England © Sky Cell

Please be aware that the castle is an open-air site with little in the way of shelter, so dress accordingly.

The upper sections, in particular, are exposed to cold winds.

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