Corfe Castle for schools and colleges

A young girl tries on a Norman helmet at Corfe Castle

Self-led or guided tours give students the chance to get hands on with history in a castle built by Normans, partially destroyed by Parliamentarians and regarded as a symbol of Purbeck for centuries.

The best way to visit as a school is with National Trust Education Group Membership which gives free admission to most National Trust properties for a whole year.

Alternatively, visit our website for information on group prices.

Self-led visits

Self-led visits can be based on the activity sheets in our learning pack for Key Stages One and Two — see topics below. 

Contact us for a copy. Please book your self-led visit at least seven days in advance — see below.

Topics

  • Who was who? An introduction to some of the people who worked in the castle,
  • Daily life of a page and a peasant,
  • Corfe Castle discovery trail,
  • The castle defences,
  • What the early tourists saw,
  • A castle for sale.

Guided tours

Guided tours last between 60 and 90 minutes and can be tailored to take into account specific content, time or special needs constraints. 
They can cover a range of topics relevant to Key Stages One and Two — see below.
Please book at least 21 days in advance.

Topics

  • Why castles were built (KS1),
  • Life in a castle (KS1),
  • English Civil War: Corfe Castle is besieged (KS2),
  • A local history study: Corfe Castle and its village through the centuries (KS2).
Learning at Corfe Castle
Learning at Corfe Castle
Learning at Corfe Castle