Corfe Castle has been many things to many people in its long life.
A murder mystery from the dark ages still casts its shadow over Corfe Castle. In 978 a young king died a violent death - perhaps on this very spot.
Royal builders from William the Conqueror to Edward I all played their part in making Corfe Castle one of the most impressive strongholds in England.
Just outside medieval bowshot from Corfe Castle is a reminder of one of the darkest periods of English history when cousin fought cousin for the throne and the country descended into anarchy.
Corfe Castle served King John as a prison, a refuge in times of trouble, and as a luxury country home.
During the English Civil War in the 17th century, Lady Mary Bankes’ resolute defence of Corfe Castle made her a royalist heroine.