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Corfe Castle

The Square | The Square, Corfe Castle BH20 5EZ, England
+44 1929 481294
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Uncover the secrets of Dorset's iconic medieval castle. A favourite haunt for adults and children alike, you can't fail to be captivated by these romantic castle ruins with breathtaking views.Castle - Discover 1000 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. Spot the 'murder holes' and count the arrow loops. Feel history come to life and see the wildlife which has set up home in these facinating castle ruins.Shop - In the village square, our shop offers a range of products from pocket money treats to luxury locally made gifts.Tea Rooms - Indulge in a homemade Dorset cream tea in our delightful 18th centry tea rooms. Enjoy the summer garden with unrivalled castle views or the glowing open log fire in winter.Castle, shop and tea rooms open daily from 10am except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Events and activities every weekend and all school holidays from April until September.
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The Square | The Square, Corfe Castle BH20 5EZ, England
+44 1929 481294
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Reviewed 15 July 2016

On a recent family holiday at nearby Wareham we decided to travel to Swanage and travel on the preserved railway there. We alighted at Corfe Castle station and took the short walk to this atmospheric ruined castle. At over £9 per adult for a ruin...More

Thank Peter J
Reviewed 15 July 2016

This is a well laid out attraction. Nice walk up to it and you appreciate it as you approach. Lots of boards and hand outs to keep you informed. Interesting history. Small shop and tea room if needed.

Thank Heather G
Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

Recently visited corfe castle with wife and family. The staff / volunteers were extremely helpful and friendly. Entry was around £10 per adult and my two children (4 & 2) were free. Display area showing trades, games and skills of the time as well as...More

Thank 345Andrew28
Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

Lovely amble around the castle. As National Trust members it was free to get in. There was a range of tudor based activities going on, although these were aimed more at children. Lovely views particularly when the steam train came puffing into the station. The...More

Thank Bimblekey
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Corfe Castle is a National Trust property and there is a visitor centre with car parking which is free for National Trust members, it is a very popular car park and quite hard to get a space. We failed and had to go into Corfe...More

Thank AngieP49
Reviewed 12 July 2016

Absolutely amazing piece of history and what is left standing is saturated in detail! Fabulous walk around the ruins and then had tea and scones in a beautiful flower filled garden over looking the wondrous sight we had just had the pleasure of visiting. A...More

Reviewed 12 July 2016

We visited in the rain, and whilst it was a brief dash around, I really enjoyed it. The views from the top are great.

Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

We parked at Norden park and ride and took the Swanage steam train to Swanage for lunch and a boat trip to Old Harry rocks the broke our return journey pay at Corfe for afternoon scones at the NT tea shop by the castle. There...More

Thank Susan B
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

Went with all my family. Parked down the bottom and really enjoyed the footpath up, across the stream. Castle is amazing, lots of history, would of been a beautiful castle if Cromwell hadn't had it blown up. In any case the ruins were fine too.....More

Thank lordofbude
Reviewed 10 July 2016

The ruins of this castle are very dominant over the whole landscape - that's why it was built where it was! Impressively large (ie tall) parts still standing and quite easy underfoot to get around into the nooks and crannies. Not really wheelchair friendly so...More

Thank lochnagar
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Julie S
29 July 2017|
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Response from Oscar D | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are permitted on leads.
Michael C
30 April 2016|
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Response from SnowDreamers | Reviewed this property |
Yes but definitely but on a lead or you could loose down the edge!
26 March 2016|
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Response from Simon B | Reviewed this property |
Good morning Rosie-Petle In answer to your question, I would say not, unless you are well wrapped up. Although the paths are good there are steps and stairs that may be slippery in wet weather. The castle is generally... More