Visiting Corfe Castle: what you need to know
We're looking forward to welcoming you back. The car park, castle, tea-room, shop and toilets are now open. To ensure the safety of our visitors, staff, volunteers and local communities, we've reduced the number of people we can welcome at one time and you’ll need to book your visit in advance. In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit.
Travelling to Corfe Castle
Please try to use the NT car park (pay and display) at Castle View if visiting the castle. The castle is a 10 minute walk from the car park on a tarmacked footpath. The booking is for entry to the castle and does not guarantee a car parking space; please allow enough time to walk from the car park to the entrance of the castle within you timeslot. Please have your ticket ready to show our staff either on your phone or a printed copy. If you’re a member, you’ll also need to show your membership card.
Sadly, if you're more than 10 minutes late, we won’t be able to guarantee you entry. Your entry will be at the discretion of the property staff and will be based on visitor numbers and the ability to maintain social distancing.
We 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.
Staying safe at Corfe Castle
To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. And 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.
The shop (Wednesday - Sunday, 11am-4pm) castle, tea-room and toilets will be open. In the castle, there is no designated route to follow, and everything will be open.
Bringing your dog
Dogs are very welcome. Please keep your dogs on a short lead when in the grounds and dispose of any waste in the bins provided.
Access to the castle is over a cobbled footpath and paths within the castle are steep with steps. There are adapted toilets at castle entrance. The castle grounds are partly accessible, with some steep slopes, steps, uneven paths and undulating terrain. Some visitors may require assistance from their companion.
Exploring at Corfe Castle
You can discover 1,000 years of the castle's history as a royal palace and fortress. With fallen walls and secret places, there are tales of treachery and treason around every corner. Corfe Castle dominates the Purbeck landscape, with wonderful views and walks for all abilities through the nearby countryside.
Booking your tickets to visit
How to book
All visitors must book a ticket in advance, including members. Entry and parking is free for members, but please bring your membership card with you. Non-members will need to pay in advance.
- Please book one ticket per person, except for children aged 5 or under as they don’t need a ticket.
- You’ll need to choose a 30-minute arrival time for the day you want to visit.
- The timeslot is for your arrival time only
- Tickets are for your use only and are not available for resale
- We'll send your booking confirmation by email. Please make sure you fill in your correct email address when you book to ensure you receive your confirmation email.
Every Friday we'll release new bookings for visits the following week. You can book up to 18 hours before a timeslot.
Due to limited spaces, we’re asking that you only book once a week to allow others a chance to visit.
Help support key workers
To say thank you to our nation's key workers and all they have done for us, we're encouraging visitors to keep the first and last slots of each day free for key workers to use. While we are unable to 'reserve' these slots exclusively for key workers, we hope you will join us in thanking them by leaving these times free. If you or someone in your group are a key worker, please take the opportunity to book these early and late timeslots.