Destination Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle seen from the Swanage Railway platform

Corfe Castle is a unique place and part of a village community that welcomes you. It does get busy at peak times so please plan your journey before you leave. If you can, why not plan a more active and sustainable way of getting to us?

Parking

Please try to use the National Trust car park (pay and display, free to members) at Castle View. 
There are 90 spaces and there is designated accessible parking.

Castle View can fill up at busy times but there is alternative parking nearby:
 

  • Purbeck Park car park, pay and display, is signposted from the A351 just north of Corfe Castle and has 350 long stay spaces. If you park there you can combine your trip to Corfe Castle with a steam train ride on the Swanage Railway when operating. The train stops conveniently in the village a two minute walk from the castle. Alternatively, follow the footpath to Castle View, a 10 to 15-minute walk. Please be aware the footpath crosses the railway line via an unmanned crossing and there is a steep bank to negotiate - not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies.
  • There is a second pay and display car park in West Street in the village. It has 125 spaces, two disabled spaces and offers short and long term options. It’s a five to 10-minute walk to the castle.

Both the above car parks are operated by local authorities.

Sustainable travel

From Bournemouth or Poole

You can take the train to Wareham station where you can travel onwards to Corfe on foot or by bike.

Walkers can follow the Purbeck Way for approximately six miles alongside the River Frome and across Creech and Stoborough Heaths.

If you bring your bike on the train, you can follow Route Two on the National Cycle Network. There are bike parking facilities at the castle entrance and Castle View visitor centre.

The More Bus Purbeck Breezer 40 runs from Poole to Corfe Castle via Wareham station and then goes on to Swange.

If you have time to spare to enjoy your journey to us, you could take the More Bus Purbeck Breezer 50 from Bournemouth or Poole over the Sanbanks to Studland chain ferry, taking in the stunning views.

You can ride the bus to Swanage and take the Swanage Railway (see below) for the last leg to Corfe Castle. Alternatively, if you are feeling ready for some activity, get off the bus before it reaches Swanage at the Currendon Hill stop on Ulwell Road and follow the Purbeck Way to Corfe Castle - approximately four or five miles.

If you are feeling particularly active, you could cycle and take the Sandbanks ferry (operates every 20 minutes) over to Studland then follow Route Two of the National Cycle Network to Corfe Castle.

Please beware the roads around Corfe village can get very busy at peak times so it may be best to head to Norden avoiding the main roads. From there you can walk your bike down the off-road footpath to Castle View visitor centre and onwards to the castle.

From Swanage

If you would like to cycle or walk from Swanage, you can join the bridleway from Ulwell Road (the start of this section of the Purbeck Way) which will take you up to Corfe village.  

Alternatively, you can take the Swanage Railway to Corfe Castle or the More Bus Purbeck Breezer 40.