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

Storytelling: Land

Sat 30 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.

Guided Walk: Deer at dawn

Sat 14 Oct 2017
07:00-09:00
Rise and shine with the dawn chorus for this guided walk to spot Purbeck's largest mammals in the wild. Learn how they influence our landscape and about our work to monitor their numbers.

Hallowe'en at Corfe Castle

Sat 21 Oct 2017
10:00-16:00
Explore the castle this Hallowe'en and say boo to our pumpkins as they welcome you. Take part in our spooky trail and enjoy the other Hallowe'en activities on offer.

Ghostly stories

Sun 22 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.
Corfe Castle

Eating and shopping

Corfe Castle

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.

Corfe Castle

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.

Corfe Castle

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.