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Autumn at Corfe Castle

Uninterrupted views of the Isle of Purbeck and plenty of places to walk around the ruins — enjoy Autumn with the National Trust.

Corfe Castle ruins illuminated at night

Christmas at Corfe Castle

Traditions old and new make Corfe Castle a special place to visit at Christmas. There’s a festive family quest to complete during the day while the ancient ruins take on a new magic with spectacular lighting effects after dark.

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Upcoming events

Twelve days of Christmas family quest

Sat 01 Dec 2018
10:00-16:00
Search for the shields hidden in the castle ruins, complete the activities and solve the clues to successfully complete your Christmas castle quest.

Get crafty at Christmas

Sat 01 Dec 2018
11:00-16:00
Make your own natural Christmas decoration when you visit Corfe Castle this December.

Christmas carols in the castle

Sun 09 Dec 2018
17:00-18:30
Create a new family tradition with carols in the castle. Step inside the ruins and join in with songs old and new. A selection of delicious winter warmers will also be available from the tea-room.

The Lord of Misrule

Fri 14 Dec 2018
16:30-18:30
Join Corfe Castle's very own 17th-century mischief-maker for stories and games as you journey through the castle ruins.

Winter Lights

Fri 14 Dec 2018
17:00-19:00
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. The castle will be open until 7pm, weather permitting.

Winter Solstice

Fri 21 Dec 2018
07:15-09:15
Experience the peace and tranquility of watching 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

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Places to stay

Vineyard Farm Cottage in Corfe Castle

Places to Stay near Corfe Castle 

From a classic thatched cottage with unrivalled views to quirky heathland hideaways, you’ll find cosy options for two or larger houses for groups of up to eight.