Corfe Castle

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Corfe Castle
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
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RevJonB
Nuneaton, UK21 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
To visit Corfe Castle is to visit history. It is a wonderful remnant of a bygone age and has a story to tell. However there’s not a whole lot of the castle left and teenage boys don’t enjoy ruins (castles or their parents) that much 😂. £25 for a family ticket to walk around the crumbled remains feels a bit steep (not as steep as the climb to the top of the castle mound though).
Maybe take wooden swords, dress as knights and immerse yourself in childhood dreams to get the most out of this place.
Written July 17, 2021
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keefnjojo
Plymouth, UK1,307 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
If you are in the area this Castle is a must visit. It only costs £10 each for adults or free to National Trust Members and although it's a climb to get up to the top the views are spectacular. You can easily spend a couple of hours just looking around and listening to the history of the audio posts.

The entrance is located in a quaint little village with lots of little shops, cafes and pubs and lovely cottages to look at.

You can get here by steam train but we chose to park at the National Trust car park and take the little walk around the base of the castle to get there.
Written July 11, 2021
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Helen L
Stourbridge, UK52 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
I booked about 4 days in advance via the website and selected an early timed ticket as I knew we’d get parked. Those arriving later in the day were queuing for spaces. Give yourself a good 15 mins to walk from the National Trust carpark to the castle entrance.
The views are stunning and I’d really recommend taking a picnic so you can sit and soak it all in for a while!

It was busy while we were there but it’s such an open site that social distancing is not a problem and there’s a one way system around the one narrow aspect of the tower.
Written August 21, 2020
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SkydiveAnnie
Oxfordshire, UK73 contributions
Dec 2021
If like I did you just believed a castle in ruins is best viewed from afar then you are wrong!
Our visit on 30 January, Dec 21 where we just scraped in the door (keep), at 1530 where we were greeted by a lovely young lad who made sure our entry went smoothly we proceeded to the castle and discovered the castle within the outer walls with the MOST magnificent views. John the Storyteller dressed in the finery of the period was most knowledgeable and answered our questions. We didn't have kids with us but if we did they would have loved all the activities on offer such as draw your own shield, stocks, build castle blocks but the best activity seemed to be rolling down the castle hills. The castle is beautiful and worth a visit. The National Trust membership we have covered the car park and entry and once more we were impressed with the quality of the history and facilities on offer at this protected historical site. There is a bit of a walk from the car park to the entrance but it just added to the excitement and there is a kids nature play en route. Thank you National Trust x
Written December 31, 2021
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Englandreviewer1111
England12 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
My family and I visited Corfe castle. It was such a wonderful experience. The castle itself is in ruins but it is amazing to see a castle that was built over 1000 years ago. The audio information gives sufficient (and not too long or boring) level of information of the castle’s history. There are activities, like archery, drawing, etc, which keeps the children entertained.
The area around Corfe castle is very quaint, with little shops, restaurants, pubs, etc.
We were staying nearby and walked up to it through the meadows and a little stream, which the kids loved playing in. The hike was steepish, but an average 4-5 year-old could definitely do it.
It’s definitely worth a visit, especially on a day when it’s not beach weather.
Written July 24, 2021
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Drschrebling
Watford, UK155 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
We visited on a Friday in august and the pre-booked ticket system worked well. There are several car parks which are 10-15 mins away so please build this into plans. Best to try and get a morning arrival slot as parking was not a problem at this time

Castle is stunning on a good day and the visitor numbers were absolutely fine. It is also all outdoors. The walk to the keep is short and mildly steep. Not ideal for wheelchairs but ok for buggies.

Highly recommended
Written August 6, 2020
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Merrowmum
Guildford, UK847 contributions
Jul 2021
Quite possibly the best ruins I have seen in the UK, and definitely the largest - the castle must have been stupendous in its long ago heyday as it is still fascinating and oddly attractive now. Its interesting and quite poignant history and the stunning views of the surrounding countryside add to the appeal. Small pockets of shade made walking around on a roasting day bearable; you definitely need sensible footwear and it’s not an accessible site on the whole. Post “Freedom Day” you no longer need to pre-book a slot to visit and it’s easy to stay away from others; being ruins you are almost exclusively completely outdoors anyway and no part of the structure is fully walled in.
The staff member on the gate was delighted to show us artists’ reproductions of the complete castle when we happened to mention wondering what it had looked like, so do ask!
Written July 21, 2021
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John G
Inverness, UK16 contributions
Mar 2020
My son and I visited Corfe Castle as an extra after visiting the Tank Museum at Bovington. The history is interesting enough and the 80ft tower is a landmark. There is not much as regards information as you go about the site and some of the panels are weather worn. I understand that upkeep of historic structures requires funding but I thought the cost of the visit was expensive. £12 per adult for around an hour and a half plus £5 for the car park. Tank museum, free parking, £14 per adult, then free returns for a year, veterans like me, free.
Written March 7, 2020
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Gurj S
Walsall, UK335 contributions
Jul 2021
The walk from the carpark to the castle is like a mini adventure preparing you for the actual castle itself. Stunning historical stone masonry and engineering, the angles of walls, profiles and elevations are just breathtaking. The history surrounding the castle itself is a good read.

The town surrounding the castle is very picturesque too.
Written January 3, 2022
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Jon J
4 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
We visited the Castle ruins with our young children. The scenery was spectacular. There are lots of information and things to see including a trail for children to follow. The castle is beautiful to look at and when you get to the top there are great views accross the countryside. There are no refreshments inside but there are lots of cafes and restaurants nearby in the picturesque Corfe Village. Once you have purchased a ticket you can come and go throughout the day. We would recommend a half day at least to explore the castle and the surrounding village. The only drawback is the price - £50 for a family of 4 which seems excessive. I decided to find some comfort in the thought that the money is being used to preserve and look after these great locations.
Written June 29, 2021
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