Visiting Corfe Castle: what you need to know

We're looking forward to welcoming you back to Corfe Castle. Please note that you no longer need to book your visit in advance. Read on to find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit.

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Staying safe

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. Look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site.

If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit. 

A visitor in the shop at Tyntesfield wearing a mask

Face coverings

Face coverings are required in indoor areas, except in cafés and tea-rooms, unless you're exempt. Thank you for supporting us to make this a safe experience for everyone.

What's open?

All of the facilities at Corfe Castle are open and you do not need to book your visit in advance. Please give yourself enough time to park, especially in busy periods, as capacity in the car park is limited.

Walking at Corfe Castle

Bringing your dog

Dogs are very welcome. Please keep your dogs on a short lead and dispose of any waste in the bins provided.


Travelling to Corfe Castle

Please try to use the NT car park (pay and display) at Castle View. We have 90 parking spaces in the car park at Castle View, and there is designated accessible parking available. Alternative local parking is also available, details below.


Alternative travel to Corfe Castle

  • 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, which stops conveniently in the village a two minute walk from the castle, or 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.
  • Swanage Railway also offers travel to Corfe Castle from Swanage, Herston and Harman’s Cross.
  • 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.
  • You can take in the beauty of Purbeck with a bus ride on the More Buses number 40 bus running between Poole and Swanage, stopping in the heart of Corfe Castle village.
  • Cyclists can use National Cycle Network Route Two.