Corfe Castle is a spectacular ruin that rises high above the picturesque village of Corfe in Dorset. The fortification has been a landmark in the local area for centuries and it has played an important role in the history of England, as it’s thought to be one of the first castles to be built here. It was built by William the Conqueror and is the dramatic medieval ruins are a popular attraction for visitors to the area and are managed by the National Trust.
Explore historic Corfe Castle at your own pace and discover more about the past of this magnificent site. You can listen to an audio guide while exploring the Castle grounds and buildings, or enjoy a self-guided visit. The audio tour provides information on how to navigate the site, and highlights areas of interest.
The Corfe Castle Quest is a fun trail where you explore the ruins of the castle and, in the process, learn about the history of the site. As you explore, you’ll find shields that represent different periods in time during which the castle was inhabited. The more shields you find and identify correctly, the better your chances are of winning a prize. So why not bring along your family and friends as you explore the area?
It will be great fun for kids to dress up in our knight costumes and be transported back in time and the school holidays offer a wide range of events that provide fun and engaging activities for all ages.
Guests can enjoy tasty treats such as an authentic Dorset Cream Tea in a small tea room in the village and in the village square there is a gift shop where you can purchase a souvenir.
Corfe is situated in between the towns of Wareham and Swanage and easily accessible by car.
Corfe is a small village situated in the Purbeck district of Dorset between Wareham and Swanage. Located just a few minutes’ walk from the castle is the National Trust, pay and display car park, which has ample parking. Whilst visiting Corfe why not head into Swanage and travel in style by boarding a steam train at the Corfe station.