Corfe Castle in Dorset

Corfe Castle

The Square, Corfe Castle, Dorset, BH20 5EZ

01929 481294

Corfe Castle is perched high on the Dorset Hillside. It is thought to be one of the first castles built in England.

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41 miles from Highlands End
43.1 miles from Golden Cap
38.9 miles from Graston Copse
16.1 miles from Sandyholme

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The ruins of Corfe Castle sit high up on the hillside in the picturesque village of Corfe. Its elevated position in the Purbeck Hills allows for commanding views over the Dorset countryside. The castle was originally built by William the Conquerer and has played an important role in local history. It is thought to be one of the first castles to be built in England.

A thousand years of history

The dramatic medieval ruins are a popular attraction for visitors to the area and are now managed by the National Trust. You can explore the site at your own pace using an audio guide to find out more about this magnificent sites chequered past. Discover over a thousand years of history as you search the ruins for shields as part of the ‘Corfe Castle Quest’ – a trail which you can complete as a family to receive a prize.

Children will love stepping back in time and dressing up in knights costumes. During the school holidays there is a varied events programme, offering fun and engaging activities for all ages. These include the the teddy bears zip wire, Medieval Knight Academy, falconry and bat walks.

There is a gift shop in the village square where you can purchase a memento to commemorate your visit. There is also small tea room, which serve up a range of tasty treats including a traditional Doset Cream Tea. On a summers day you can sit in the garden outside and enjoy far reaching views across the countryside. In the winter a roaring fire creates a homely feel.

Getting to Corfe Castle

Corfe is situated in between the towns of Wareham and Swanage and easily accessible by car. There is ample parking in the National Trust pay and display car park just a short walk from the castle. For an alternate method of transport why not take a steam train from Swanage to the small station in Corfe!

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    We have been coming here now every year for about 10 years. Its our favourite place and the Park has everything we need.

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    Quiet site in a beautiful setting with exceptionally clean toilets and showers

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    The wildlife is stunning, we were visited by the ducks on a regular basis which was lovely. Our visit was very enjoyable and we will definitely be back in the future!

    Sarah W - Pitch Up
    Sandyholme

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    This is simply our favorite touring park along the south coast. The location couldn't be better with views to die for and an abundance of fresh sea air. The park is spic and span and extremely well kept with very friendly staff.

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    This is by far the best Holiday Park I have been to. The views are breath taking with easy access to the beach and nice coastal walks to West Bay. If you're looking for a relaxing holiday in a stunning location, then this is the place to come.

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  • Would definitely recommend

    Close to beach, a nice local pub, dog friendly and a very relaxed atmosphere.

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    An excellent Park as a base to visit the Dorset coast, Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach, Lyme Regis, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, to name a few.

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    10 out of 10 is not enough for this Holiday Park. We have been here 3 times and we love it more and more every time. The park has all you need, with some pitches overlooking the sea and a great restaurant.

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    The location is amazing, right on the beach and all the facilities are good. It's a hidden gem this one, one of the best parks in the country

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    The location was great as we could easily walk to the village or local beaches through the beautiful countryside. I would recommend this campsite to families for a peaceful and safe stay.

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