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Corfe Castle

National Trust | The Square, Corfe Castle BH20 5EZ , England
01929 481294
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
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... more » 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Corfe Castle is a fascinating place to visit. Its setting is spectacular and the fact that it is partly destroyed (thanks to Oliver Cromwell) allows the visitor to get a better understanding of how it was constructed. An added bonus is the lovely town, worth exploring.

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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Brought back to life by the National Trust. These ruins are fascinating and very awe inspiring, firstly it's hard to imagine this castle being built almost a thousand years ago! While wandering around it's easy to become absorbed in imagining what life was like back in it's heyday. One thing I really liked was that you are free to wander... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The ruins were closed by time we arrived but looked relatively interesting, although there didn't appear to be much left of the castle. The town itself is plucked straight from a 1900's chocolate box, right down to the steam trains and stone cottages.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Very popular i think need to go more during season,beginning of October was beautiful weather . We didn't actually go to the castle itself, just popped in to see what was on offer. Had a cup of not good coffee, but noticed if families pop in they had a kiddies corner.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

apart from the summer activities on the castle grounds, there's not that much to see. My advice: walk up the surrounding hills because the views on the castle are spectacular. The history is fascinating but inside... I don't know...

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midlands England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Yes it's a ruin but it's a ruin that has kids in a frenzy. Firstly it's been knocked about with the help of lots of gunpowder so there are crazy angles and leaning towers. Then there is the big grass slope the kids can roll down again and again and again. When we visited there was a medieaval village re-enactment... More

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I think it is one of the most dramatic views in Britain. Good views of the castle can be had if you take the time to climb the nearby hills. Inside it is full of history with different Kings adding parts on over the years. Lady Bankes held out the castle for three years against Parliamentarian forces until betrayed by... More

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Bristol
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Just a ruin but well worth a visit. A castle that Oliver Cromwell knocked about a bit. In fact he did a good job of blowing up some of the foundations. Impressive views over the surrounding countryside.

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Sussex, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Just brilliant! You can see it for miles off, it towers above the visit, and it's got a fascinating history of imprisoned princesses and Cromwelling undermining. Why have I never visited this magic place before?

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bedford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Not many ruins have a positive atmosphere. It feels good there and you still wonder at the place and how they could have built it. It sits above the village in splendor and is still enchanted. Go there.

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