Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle

Things to see and do

Storytelling at Corfe Castle

Half term fun

A mysterious box full of spices from the orient has been washed up on the shores of Purbeck. Hear its secrets in family storytelling daily from Tuesday 30 May to Sunday 4 June. Also, follow the clues to claim your prize on our family-friendly Tudor Quest throughout half term.

A view towards Old Harry from the Purbeck Ridgeway

The Purbeck Ridgeway walk - Corfe Castle to the coast 

Longer evenings mean more time for exploring further afield. The Purbeck Ridgeway walk links Corfe Castle with that other Dorset landmark, Old Harry and gives spectacular views over Poole Harbour and the Isle of Purbeck throughout. Tackle the whole nine miles with the option to return by steam train or just try a section.

Upcoming events

'The Spice Box'

Tue 30 May 2017
11:30-12:15
A captivating, humorous story, a mysterious spice box has been washed up and captured on the shores of Purbeck. What is its story?

Tudor Falconry

Sat 10 Jun 2017
10:00-17:00
Join us to find out about this Golden Age of British falconry.

Tudor Adventure

Sat 08 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 Anderson

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?
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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.

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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.