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Group visits to Corfe Castle

A group visiting the ruins of Corfe Castle
Book a group visit to Corfe Castle | © Paul Harris

Want to visit Corfe Castle with a group of people? On this page, you'll find everything you need to know, including how to book your tickets, any benefits you may be entitled to, and information about organising a school visit.

Booking a group visit to Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle is popular all year round, so we ask that you pre-book if you’re planning to visit as a group. When pre-booking, please specify if you are arriving by coach, as there are limited spaces in the coach park.

To book your group visit, please call 01929 481294 or email .

Benefits for groups

If you visit Corfe Castle as a group, you’ll be entitled to some or all of the following benefits:

  • Complimentary admission for a group leader who wants to pay a familiarisation visit (read more below)
  • Complimentary admission for one group leader on day of visit
  • Discounted admission for groups of 15 people or more*
  • Allocated arrival time
  • Free coach parking (as previously specified, this will need to be booked in advance)

Free familiarisation visits for group leaders

If you're planning a group visit you can request our free Travel Trade Pass and you and a friend or colleague will gain free entry to over 300 of our places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for 12 months. There’s nothing quite like seeing or experiencing somewhere for yourself to help you plan a successful visit. To receive your pass, call 0344 800 2329 or email us at

Who is eligible for free entry?

Registered tourist board guides (on production of a valid badge), coach drivers and tour leaders escorting groups of 15 or more. National Trust members also receive free entry, so it is at your discretion whether to refund the entrance fee to members if you have included it in your package – this is not refunded by the National Trust.

Members must bring their current membership cards with them to avoid paying the full group rate. If any of your group would like to join the National Trust please direct them to our Membership page or call 0344 800 1895.

Group admission prices

Normal admission charges apply to groups comprising 14 people or fewer, or when group members pay individually.

If there are 15 or more people in your party (including National Trust members but excluding the tour leader and coach driver), there is a reduced admission charge*. To find out how much you can save, and for full terms and conditions, contact us using the details at the top of the page.

*We reserve the right to refuse entry to any organised group that has not made a booking. Groups of 15 or more people that are admitted at our discretion will not be entitled to the group rate.

School group visiting Corfe Castle
Organise a school trip to Corfe Castle | © Paul Harris

Schools and colleges

To book a visit for a group of school pupils or college students, download the booking form and email us at

For more information, you can also download the following documents:

National Trust Education Group Access Pass

Schools or education groups can benefit from an Education Group Access Pass, which gives the whole group free admission and parking at most of the placed in our care for a year.

Guided tours for schools and colleges

Tours last between 60 and 90 minutes, and can be tailored to suit your time of arrival and requirements. Topics covered include:

  • Why castles were built (KS1)
  • Life in a castle (KS1)
  • English Civil War: Corfe Castle is besieged (KS2)
  • A local history study: Corfe Castle and its village through the centuries (KS2)

Self-led visits

A new learning pack is now available for years four to six. The pack contains full-colour worksheets about the castle defences and the daily lives of the people who lived there, a discovery trail and a set of images of the castle past and present.

Priced at £6.50, packs can be purchased in person from Corfe Castle Ticket Office. Alternatively, we can post them to you for an additional P&P charge. Contact us at to place your order.

Please note that you will need to book your self-led visit at least seven days in advance.

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Group visits frequently asked questions 

Visiting us with a group? Then our answers to your frequently asked questions might help with any question you may have.