Corfe Castle

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Hallowe'en pumpkins at Corfe Castle

Hallowe'en fun at Corfe Castle, October 21-29

Hallowe’en highlights at Corfe Castle over half-term include spooky stories, a terrifying trail, flying teddies and the chance to see our replica medieval siege engine in action.

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

Hallowe'en at Corfe Castle

Mon 23 Oct 2017
10:00-16:00
Explore the castle this Hallowe'en and say boo to our pumpkins as they welcome you. Bring along your own brave teddy to have a go at the fearsome Zip Wire Challenge and take part in our spooky trail.

Ghostly stories

Mon 23 Oct 2017
11:00-15:00
Find yourself beside the keep or looking upwards as the castle looms above. Granny Cousins will lead you as we uncover ghostly stories oozing from the very fabric of the ruins.

Tudor Christmas: Storytelling

Sat 09 Dec 2017
10:00-19:00
Join our Lord of Misrule on a journey through the romantic ruins. Find out about the rich history of Tudor traditions and maybe participate in a play or a game or two. Please note storytelling on 21st December will end at 4pm.

Winter Lights

Sat 09 Dec 2017
10:00-19:00
Christmas is a magical time at Corfe Castle. Take in the festive atmosphere with our contemporary lanterns, braziers, beacons and lighting as you explore the castle grounds. Please note winter lights on 21st December is cancelled.

A taste of Tudor time

Sat 09 Dec 2017
18:30-20:30
Join us on 9, 15, 16 22 and 23 December for a Tudor Christmas feast beside the roaring log fire in our tea-rooms, featuring authentic period recipes accompanied by mulled wine and mead.

Winter Solstice

Thu 21 Dec 2017
07:15-09:00
Experience the rare opportunity to watch the sun rise on the shortest day of the year from the castle ruins.
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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.