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Review of Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle
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Portland and Jurassic Coast Day Trip from Dorset including Lulworth Cove and...
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 29 July 2014 via mobile

I've been to Corfe a couple times- once with my husband as part of our minimoon and the other with my Granny for one of our Day Out adventures.

When I went with my husband, he said it wasn't worth going to the Castle- you could see it from the Village. The village is lined with quaint shops and little restaurants, enough to experience in an afternoon.

The second time I went (with Granny) it was much more cultural and a wonderful place to visit! We parked at the edge of the village in the designated National Trust car park and had the dogs with us so we wandered through the woods to arrive at the base of the castle ruins. Wow! From the base of the castle there were some lovely views, but to wander round the top of the hill that homed Corfe Castle the 360 degree view was so peaceful! There were artists tucked in corners and couples sitting enjoying the views.

Then at the base of the castle is a cafe with outdoor seating to admire the castle and a basic sandwich style lunch menu. Nothing fancy but a nice ploughman's hit the spot topped off with a nice coffee!

A great place to spend the day & bonus that dogs are welcome.

Thank BonVoyageFriend
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

the car park is a 5 to 10 minute walk up a narrow path next to a road. as we have a young child one of us dropped stayed by the castle entrance with our daughter while other drove car to carpark to walk back. We visited when the castle had a festival of archeology on with crafts available. There was also a free game for the kids to do at the castle, they get given a book with activities like questions and collect rubbings and a pencil and at the end they get a medal if they find all the answers in the castle. this was free and was a great way to keep mine intereasted. there are plenty of information signs around and a useful guide you can buy in the visitors centre at the entrance. we visited on one of the hottest days of the year an it was great to see cooled drinks for sale in the castle grounds.
this is an old ruin so is not wheelcair friendly for the higher parts. making it so would damage the structure but the base of tha castle with its views are accessible.
would definately recomend visiting.

Thank Nastral
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

There are few more iconic sites in England than the ruins of Corfe Castle - symbol for many of the Isle of Purbeck.
With careful preparation, you can enjoy a magnificent day here. Whilst there are plenty of places to eat and drink in the village of Corfe, taking a picnic offers you the chance to sit on the cascading grassy banks of the Castle, overlooking this historic village, with the strong likelihood of seeing glorious steam trains go... erm 'steaming' past!
It's magic.
The Castle is just a ruin - testament to the petty mindedness of Oliver Cromwell and his treacherous henchmen... but you can read the story when you visit. However, there are regular events within the walls, and the volunteers are always worth their weight in gold.
Plan your visit well and you will have a day to treasure in your memory forever.

Thank Lex_McKee
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

Fantastic outdoor attraction. Lots of see and do. I feel grateful that the National trust looks after this for us all. Lovely place for a walk. We have visited every year for the past decade and counting.

Thank Jennifer_L_R_T
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

As a family we enjoy visiting historical sites and we all enjoyed our visit. It was also great to have the stalls at the entrance telling us how everyone would have lived when the castle was in its prime my children also enjoyed the sword fighting lessons

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