Holidays in Corfe Castle

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Corfe Castle which includes heritage elements, a ruin and tranquil scenes

Watch battle re-enactments among evocative medieval ruins and learn about the role this fort played in the English Civil War.

Built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, Corfe Castle was once a sturdy stone fort. Although only ruins remain, the crumbling castle atop a scenic green hill, is now one of Britain’s most-visited historic structures. Walk where kings and knights once walked as you explore the quaint alleyways, steps and tumbledown walls.

In its heyday, the castle was vital for monarchists in keeping the supporters of parliament at bay during the English Civil War. Watch a thrilling battle re-enactment in the Old Bailey area to see history in action. Learn about the heroic acts of the lady of the manor, Mary Bankes, who held the fort on her own.

If you are visiting with children, a great way to see the site is to complete the Castle Quest. Pick up a free quest booklet at the ticket office and get the family together to embark on the self-guided adventure. Complete all the exercises in the booklet to receive a prize at the end.

Many parts of the castle were renovated in the first couple of centuries following its construction. View the oldest surviving segment of the structure in the West Bailey and find out about a medieval murder mystery associated with the castle. It is said to involve a young Saxon king who was violently murdered on the orders of his conniving stepmother.

Head to the heart of the castle to see the royal residence, the living quarters of Norman kings. Take note of the exceptional stonework sculptures. The use of stone to build parts of the site indicates the castle was held in high esteem.

Stop by the National Trust shop for toys and souvenirs and take a walk through adjacent town with which it shares its name to see the model village and the historic parish church.

The site opens daily from morning until early evening. There is an entrance fee for adults and concessions are available for children, families and groups.

Corfe Castle is a 25-minute drive southwest from the town of Poole in Dorset. It is part of the Purbeck Heritage Coast, a scenic area of land that juts out from the south of England. Take a train to Swanage Railway Station, which is just a few miles east of the castle.

1465 Cheap Hotels Near Corfe Castle

Bankes Arms Hotel
Bankes Arms Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$130 per night from 6 Feb. to 7 Feb.
Situated in Wareham, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum and Corfe Castle. Isle of Purbeck and South West Coast Path Section ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (321 reviews)
"Nice and central to corfe,very friendly, had a great time and looking forward to coming back 👍👍"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2022

Bankes Arms Hotel
Mortons Manor
Mortons Manor
3 out of 5
The price is AU$330 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum and Corfe Castle. Isle of Purbeck and South West Coast Path ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (90 reviews)
"Very nice hotel. Very near corfe castle. Expensive for a 3 star, but very clean."

Reviewed on 10 Sep. 2021

Mortons Manor
Castle Cottage (Sleeps 5 + Baby)
Castle Cottage (Sleeps 5 + Baby)
71 East Street, Castle Cottage, Wareham, ENG
Situated in Wareham, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum and Corfe Castle. Isle of Purbeck and South West Coast Path Section ...
Castle Cottage (Sleeps 5 + Baby)
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Bankes Arms Hotel
Bankes Arms Hotel
3.5 out of 5
The price is AU$130 per night from 6 Feb. to 7 Feb.
Bankes Arms Hotel
Mortons Manor
Mortons Manor
3 out of 5
The price is AU$330 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
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Castle Cottage (Sleeps 5 + Baby)
Castle Cottage (Sleeps 5 + Baby)
71 East Street, Castle Cottage, Wareham, ENG
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Farrier's Lodge
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Tavern Way
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7 bedroom accommodation in Corfe Castle, near Wareham
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7 bedroom accommodation in Corfe Castle, near Wareham
Beautiful Dorset Country House in the Heart of the Stunning Isle of Purbeck
Beautiful Dorset Country House in the Heart of the Stunning Isle of Purbeck
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Church Cottage
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Woodyhyde Courtyard
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