Corfe Castle

An English Civil War re-enactment at Corfe Castle

A Civil War summer

Seventeenth-century life and death are revealed in a civil war summer at Corfe Castle. Characters from the past take you on a journey of discovery into the everyday life of the period as well as the conflict that defined it.

One of the story points from the Defiance of Mary Bankes audio experience

The Defiance of Mary Bankes: an audio adventure

A tale of courage, conflict and treachery made one of Corfe Castle’s aristocratic owners a heroine of the English Civil War. Her story is retold in The Defiance of Mary Bankes, part of Women and Power.

Upcoming events

Civil War encampment

Wed 15 Aug 2018
10:00-17:30
Take a step back in time this summer holidays to the English Civil War (1642 - 1651), where a journey of discovery and intrigue awaits.

17th-century murder mystery

Wed 15 Aug 2018
18:30-21:00
Enjoy an evening picnic within the castle ruins and then join our hosts as they move through the castle. Can you solve the seventeenth century mystery of the lost treasure?

Cinema under the stars: Paddington 2, Bedknobs & Broomsticks & Dunkirk

Fri 24 Aug 2018
20:45-22:30
This August bank holiday, Purbeck Film Festival present open air cinema at Corfe Castle. Friday 24 August: Paddington 2 (PG) Saturday 25 August: Bedknobs and Broomsticks (PG) Sunday 26 August: Dunkirk (12A)

Heathland heritage walk

Wed 29 Aug 2018
10:30-13:00
Explore the historical past of Slepe Heath on a 2 hour guided heritage walk.

Open Air Theatre: Hound of the Baskervilles

Wed 05 Sep 2018
19:00-21:30
Illyria (equity) presents: The Hounds of the Baskervilles

Civil War: Betrayed

Sat 08 Sep 2018
10:30-17:00
A must-see dramatic re-enactment of 'The Betrayal', which portrays the events of 1646 when the castle was finally taken.
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.