Corfe Castle

A young visitor tries on a Tudor helmet

Tudor Adventure 

Travel back in time to the reign of Elizabeth I this summer at Corfe Castle. Lose yourself in a time of discovery, revolution and intrigue. Meet characters from Tudor times and get hands on with history. Tudor Adventure runs from 8 July to 28 August. It’s a free event but normal admission charges apply. Admission is free for National Trust members.

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

Tudor Adventure

Fri 21 Jul 2017
10:00-17:00
Take a step back in time to the late Tudor period (1572 to 1603), where a journey full of surprises awaits.

Open Air Theatre: The Emperor's New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen

Fri 04 Aug 2017
19:00-21:30
Illyria (equity) presents: The Emperor is surrounded by idiots. What keeps him sane is the monthly Grand Parade at which he wears his newest outfit. All, as they say, will be revealed...

Open Air Theatre: Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Fri 11 Aug 2017
19:00-21:00
Join Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad for a perfect summer adventure. What starts as a search for the best picnic spot rapidly turns into the most hilarious escapades.

Open Air Theatre: The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle

Fri 18 Aug 2017
19:00-21:30
Illyria (equity) presents: Intrepid explorers travel to an unexplored plateau and find flora and fauna beyond their wildest dreams. But how will they make anyone believe the wonders they've seen actually exist?

Open Air Cinema: Beauty and the Beast (PG)

Fri 25 Aug 2017
20:45-22:30
Purbeck Film Festival present open air cinema in the castle grounds. Come and experience the magic of watching 'Stars under the Stars' in the ruins of Corfe Castle.

Open Air Cinema: Trolls (U)

Sat 26 Aug 2017
20:45-22:30
Purbeck Film Festival present open air cinema in the castle grounds. Come and experience the magic of watching 'Stars under the Stars' in the ruins of Corfe Castle.
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Eating and shopping

Visitors having tea in the garden at Corfe Castle tea-roooms

Tea in the garden

The tea-rooms garden was just made for lazy summer days with 1,000 years of history as your backdrop.

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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.

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Wildlife

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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.