Corfe Castle

Important notice -

The castle, tea-rooms, shop and Castle View visitor centre will all be closed on Thursday March 2 for staff training. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Thousand-year-old royal castle shaped by warfare

Corfe Castle

Things to see and do

The area where conservation is taking place

Conserving the Castle

If you visit Corfe Castle this winter you’ll notice conservation work taking place on part of the outer wall which still bears the scars of the English Civil War.

A view towards Corfe Castle from the Purbeck Ridgeway

Walks near Corfe Castle 

Walk in the footsteps of the castle builders, trek the Purbeck Ridgeway or discover history of a different kind on Hartland Moor.

Upcoming events

Spring Walk: 'Langton Westwood'

Sat 04 Mar 2017
10:30-12:30
Discover spring time flowers in the Isle of Purbeck.

Storytelling for families: The Normans

Sat 18 Mar 2017
11:30-12:00
Medieval merriment with keepers of the garderobe as they regale you with tales of feuding cousins Matilda and Stephen as they battle for the throne of England.

Spring Walk: 'Views from the Ridgeway'

Mon 20 Mar 2017
10:30-12:30
On the first day of Spring' discover unrivaled views of the Purbeck countryside and coast.

Storytelling for families: Edward I

Sat 25 Mar 2017
11:30-12:00
Edward I 'Longshanks' is on the throne and Willamina's in the garderobe. Hear the stories of Edward I, who is remembered as the best castle builder ever.

Storytelling for families: King John

Sat 01 Apr 2017
11:30-12:00
A story of royal imprisonment. Hear screams from the oubliette and songs from the garderobe. Meet Agnes Matilda for stories from the court of King John.

Wolfshead Bowmen - Medieval Archery

Sat 08 Apr 2017
10:00-17:00
The Wolfshead Bowmen come to Corfe Castle and bring the past to life. A medieval encampment, demonstrations of combat, skilled archery displays, talks on the longbow and have-a-go sessions.
Corfe Castle

Eating and shopping

Corfe Castle

History

The keep at Corfe Castle

Kings, martyrs and heroines  

The story of Corfe Castle is the story of all those who have lived, worked and fought here over many centuries.

Corfe Castle

Learning

Two boys holding medieval arrows at Corfe Castle, Dorset

Corfe Castle for schools and colleges 

Find out how a visit to Corfe Castle can bring the syllabus to life for students of all ages. Explore history for key stages one, two and three through topics including life in a castle, homes in the past and medieval realms. Conservation for higher education students and adult learning opportunities.

Corfe Castle

Wildlife

Corfe Castle

Our work

Red Devon cattle on Studland Heath

Farming and conservation

The National Trust and our farming partners use traditional methods to keep the diverse landscapes of Purbeck beautiful and rich in wildlife.

Corfe Castle

Places to stay

Vineyard Farm Cottage in Corfe Castle

Cottages near Corfe Castle 

Vineyard Farm Cottage has superb views of Corfe Castle and is one of a selection of cottages available for your stay in Purbeck. Each has its own character and all are in great rural or village locations.