Corfe Castle

A view of the castle from Corfe Common

Corfe Castle may have been built as an impregnable fortress, but it has always been a part of the beautiful natural environment of Purbeck. Join us this autumn as nature invades the castle and we venture outside the walls to discover more of its secrets. See What’s On below for more details of workshops, storytelling and guided walks with a nature theme.

A view towards Corfe Castle from the Purbeck Ridgeway

Walks near Corfe Castle 

Walk in the footsteps of the castle builders, trek the Purbeck Ridgeway or discover history of a different kind on Hartland Moor.

Upcoming events

Inspired by nature

Sun 24 Sep 2017
10:00-16:00
Discover and learn about the fascinating wildlife of Purbeck.

Inspired by Nature Workshop: Reptiles

Sun 24 Sep 2017
10:30-11:00
Studland, Godlingston and Hartland are home to all six native species of reptile. Come and meet some of them for yourself! This 30 minute workshop will introduce you to the secret world of snakes and lizards.

Inspired by Nature Workshop: Bats

Sun 24 Sep 2017
10:30-11:00
Purbeck is home to 15 out of the 17 bat species found in Dorset. Have you ever seen one close up?

Inspired by Nature Workshop: Moths

Sun 24 Sep 2017
10:30-11:00
Help us to identify last night's catch as we count up the different species of moth from our moth-trap in this 30 minute workshop. Learn how to recognise them by their markings and find out about the different habitats they live in here in Purbeck.

Storytelling: Land

Sun 24 Sep 2017
11:30-12:15
Land is a new show with a conservation message from the team who made The Spice Box.

Guided Walk: Bats at dusk

Fri 06 Oct 2017
17:30-19:30
An introductory talk on bats and their ecology, followed by rare chance to access the castle grounds at dusk in pursuit of these fascinating night-time aerobatic artists.
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Eating and shopping

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History

The keep at Corfe Castle

Kings, martyrs and heroines  

The story of Corfe Castle is the story of all those who have lived, worked and fought here over many centuries.

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Learning

Two boys holding medieval arrows at Corfe Castle, Dorset

Corfe Castle for schools and colleges 

Find out how a visit to Corfe Castle can bring the syllabus to life for students of all ages. Explore history for key stages one, two and three through topics including life in a castle, homes in the past and medieval realms. Conservation for higher education students and adult learning opportunities.

Corfe Castle

Wildlife

Corfe Castle

Our work

Red Devon cattle on Studland Heath

Farming and conservation

The National Trust and our farming partners use traditional methods to keep the diverse landscapes of Purbeck beautiful and rich in wildlife.

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Places to stay

Vineyard Farm Cottage in Corfe Castle

Cottages near Corfe Castle 

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.