Civil War: Besieged & Betrayed

Experience all aspects of a 17th century Civil War encampment at Corfe Castle, including drills and weaponry displays, led by Lord Hopton's Regiment of Foote.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Gain an understanding of this period of the castle's history with our must see dramatic re-enactment 'The Betrayal', which portrays the events of 1646 when the castle was finally taken.


Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges
Corfe Castle


Off peak
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £9.35 £8.50
Child £4.68 £4.25
Family £23.38 £21.24
1 adult and up to 3 children £14.03 £12.75
Group Adult N/A £8.50
Group Child N/A £4.04
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £9.90 £8.99
Child £4.95 £4.49
Family £24.75 £22.50
1 adult and up to 3 children £14.85 £13.50
Group Adult N/A £8.55
Group Child N/A £4.28

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission or
  • Standard admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


Please note...

Peak: 26-31 March, 1-10 April, 16-17 April, 23-24 April, 30 April to 8 May, 14-15 May, 21-22 May, 28 May to June 5, 7-8 June, 14-15 June, 21-22 June, 28 June to July 3, 9 July to 4 September, 10-11 September, 17-18 September, 24-25 September, 22-30 October. Off peak: at all other times.
Visitors arriving by public transport are offered a discount voucher redeemable at the shop or tea-rooms. This offer applies at all times.
Standard family tickets admit two adults and up to three children. Family tickets (one adult) admit one adult and up to three children.

The basics

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult
Dogs on leads are welcome.
The castle by its very nature has steep slopes, hidden drops, uneven paths and steps. Please take care as historical sites can be dangerous
Please note that the musket fire can be very loud, not all dogs or young children appreciate it! Firing times are published in advance.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
10 September 2016 10:00 - 17:00
11 September 2016 10:00 - 17:00

Contact Info

Corfe Castle
Call 01929 481294

Upcoming events

Half-Term at Corfe Castle

Sat 13 Feb 2016
Bring along your own brave teddy to have a go at the fearsome Zip Wire Challenge. Enjoy our themed quest around the castle 'Romance and Courtship'. New for 2016, watch and enjoy the launching of the castles Trebuchet .

Valentine's Day at Corfe Castle

Sun 14 Feb 2016
Explore the romantic ruins of Corfe Castle on Valentine's Day.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Fri 25 Mar 2016
It will be fun for the whole family as you take part in the Easter egg hunt around Corfe Castle.

Pike and Shot - Medieval Archery

Tue 29 Mar 2016
Back by popular demand Pike and Shot will be taking part in the The Grand Muster with a new story to tell for 2016.

Wolfshead Bowmen - Medieval Archery

Sat 02 Apr 2016
The Wolfshead Bowmen come to Corfe Castle and bring the past to life. A medieval encampment, demonstrations of combat, skilled archery displays, talks on the longbow and have-a-go sessions.

Feudals - Medieval Archery

Sat 16 Apr 2016
Medieval living history and archery displays portraying life in Britain from the Feudal period of 1135 to 1216, spanning the reigns of four kings - Stephen, Henry II, Richard I and John.