Saxons & Vikings: Siege of Wareham

Witness the sound and fury of Saxon and Viking warriors in pitched battle as they recreate the siege of Wareham. Explore the Saxon village and learn about everyday life during this harsh period.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

King Alfred's Court and Young Warrior Training both return for 2017. Beware the cries of 'Odin' across the Isle of Purbeck.


Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges
Corfe Castle


Off peak
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £9.90 £9.00
Child £4.95 £4.50
Family £24.75 £22.50
1 adult and up to 3 children £14.85 £13.50
Group Adult N/A £8.50
Group Child N/A £4.04
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £10.50 £9.54
Child £5.25 £4.77
Family £26.25 £23.86
1 adult and up to 3 children £15.75 £14.32
Group Adult N/A £8.55
Group Child N/A £4.28

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission or
  • Standard admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


*Gift Aid donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.

Please note...

Peak: 4-5 March, 11-12 March, 18-19 March, 25-26 March, 1-2 April, 8 -23 April, 29 April -1 May, 6-7 May, 13-14 May, 20-21 May, 27 May -4 June, 10-11 June, 17-18 June, 24-25 June, 8-31 July, 1-27 August, 2-3 Sept., 9-10 Sept., 16-17 Sept., 23-24 Sept., 30 Sept.-1 Oct., 7-8 Oct., 21-29 October. 
Off peak: at all other times.

Visitors arriving by public transport are offered a discount voucher redeemable at the shop or tea-rooms. This offer applies at all times.

Family tickets admit two adults and up to three children under the age of 17. 
One adult family tickets admit one adult and up to three children under the age of 17.

The basics

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Dogs on leads are welcome.
Please be aware that there are steps, steep slopes and uneven paths in the castle. There is wheelcahir access to the outer bailey only.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
5 May 2018 10:00 - 18:00 Available
6 May 2018 10:00 - 18:00 Available
7 May 2018 10:00 - 18:00 Available

Contact Info

Corfe Castle
Call 01929 481924

Upcoming events

Tudor Christmas: Storytelling

Mon 11 Dec 2017
Join our Lord of Misrule on a journey through the romantic ruins. Find out about the rich history of Tudor traditions and maybe participate in a play or a game or two. Please note storytelling on 21st December will end at 4pm.

Winter Lights

Fri 15 Dec 2017
Christmas is a magical time at Corfe Castle. Take in the festive atmosphere with our contemporary lanterns, braziers, beacons and lighting as you explore the castle grounds. Please note winter lights on 21st December is cancelled.

A taste of Tudor time

Fri 15 Dec 2017
Join us on 15th & 16th December for a Tudor Christmas feast beside the roaring log fire in our tea-rooms, featuring authentic period recipes accompanied by mulled wine and mead.

Winter Solstice

Thu 21 Dec 2017
Experience the rare opportunity to watch the sun rise on the shortest day of the year from the castle ruins.

Half-Term at Corfe Castle

Mon 12 Feb 2018
Bring along your own brave teddy to have a go at the fearsome Zip Wire Challenge. Enjoy our themed quest around the castle and take part in a beginners guide on how to defend your castle.

Valentine's Day at Corfe Castle

Wed 14 Feb 2018
Explore the romantic ruins of Corfe Castle on Valentine's Day.