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Corfe Castle

Type:National Trust Property

The Square
BH20 5EZ

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Corfe Castle in spring

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult off peak£10.00 per ticket
Adult peak£11.00 per ticket
Child off peak£5.00 per ticket
Child peak£5.50 per ticket
Family off peak (one adult and three children)£15.00 per ticket
Family off peak (two adults and three children)£25.00 per ticket
Family peak (one adult and three children)£16.50 per ticket
Family peak (two adults and three children)£27.50 per ticket
Group adult off peak£9.50 per ticket
Group adult peak£10.40 per ticket
Group child off peak£4.20 per ticket
Group child peak£4.60 per ticket
National Trust members (at any time)Free

Peak: 16-24 February. 6-22 and 27-28 April. 4-6, 11-12, 18-19 May. 25 May – 2 June. 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30 June. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 July. 24 July – 1 September. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 September. 26 October – 3 November.

Off peak: At all other times.

Under 5s: free. Child price applies for 5-17 year olds (inclusive).

Family ticket admits two adults plus up to three children for the price of two adults plus one child. One adult family ticket admits one adult plus up to three children for the price of one adult plus one child.

Visitors arriving by public transport are offered a discount voucher with admission to the castle. Voucher redeemable at the shop or tea-rooms.



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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Recent Reviews:

  • wanderbug19
    Exeter, United Kingdom
    Absolutely lives up to its reputation
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 21st August 2019
    Iconic, mysterious, lovely, such a great place to explore and it's done so well. from the initial view of the Castle through to the entertainers dressed in period costume its brilliant. A bit of a... Read full review
  • GerbilQueen
    Hertford, United Kingdom
    Need a sunny day but worth the effort
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 21st August 2019
    My legs wouldn't take me all the way up the top AND back so I settled for watching my daughter and her family enjoying it all. There was lots to see and do and it is all very interesting, but you... Read full review
  • LeamySJ
    Derbyshire, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    History at its finest
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 21st August 2019
    This was a must place for us to visit. It’s stunning, the views are beautiful all around from every angle. It is an impressive site and we saw many families picnicking in the grounds and making a... Read full review

Map & Directions

Road Directions

The nearest major road is the A351 - follow the road from Wareham towards Swanage for approximately 5 miles.

There is a National Trust car and coach park (free to members) on the edge of the village which is a half mile walk around the base of the Castle to the Castle entrance.

Cars can also park at Corfe Castle West Street car park - follow signs to the Village Centre and Castle.

Alternatively, cars and coaches can park at Norden Car Park (just off the A351) and enjoy a pleasant walk into Corfe Castle village (1 mile) or catch the steam train to Corfe Castle railway station.

Public Transport Directions

FROM THE WEST: the nearest mainline railway station is Wareham (on the London Waterloo to Weymouth line). Transfer to the number 40 bus to Castle View Visitor Centre bus stop, Corfe Castle.

FROM THE EAST: catch a train to Bournemouth Railway Station, transfer to the number 50 bus to Swanage, then transfer again to the number 30 or 40 bus to Castle View Visitor Centre bus stop, Corfe Castle. Alternatively, at times when the Swanage Railway is running, catch a train from Swanage to Corfe Castle. Tel: 01929 425800 or visit their website:

JOURNEY PLANNING: Contact Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit their website: to look up bus timetables. From 1st January 2019, calls cost 12p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.

TRAVEL DISCOUNT: Present your valid bus or train ticket when entering the Castle for a redeemable voucher for the National Trust cafe or shop.



  • Gift Shop


  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • On-Site café/restaurant - National Trust licensed tea rooms and garden

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Open All Year
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages - French and German
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • Approx length of visit - Minimum 1 hour
  • In countryside
  • Max group size - 50
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Village Location

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route - Bus numbers 30 or 40 - Castle View Visitor Centre bus stop
  • Parking (charge) - car and coach parking at Castle View Visitor Centre, charges apply if not National Trust member. Uphill walk from car park to Castle.

Payment Methods

  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Min group size - 15
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • Dutch printed material
  • Spanish printed material

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards children
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted - Must be pre-booked.

Opening Times

Open New Year
Spring and Summer Opening (16 February 2019 - 29 September 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 18:00
Autumn Opening (30 September 2019 - 27 October 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Winter Opening (28 October 2019 - 31 December 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00

* Castle, shop, tea-room and visitor centre closed 7th March and 25th to 26th December. Last admission to castle 30 minutes before closing time. Parts of the grounds may be closed due to high winds.


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Sunday, 8th December 2019 - Sunday, 8th December 2019

Friday, 13th December 2019 - Friday, 13th December 2019

Carols in the castleEnjoy some Christmas cheer this December with a local choir as you sing along to some traditional carols within the castle ruins.
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Saturday, 14th December 2019 - Sunday, 15th December 2019

Friday, 20th December 2019 - Monday, 23rd December 2019

Friday, 27th December 2019 - Sunday, 29th December 2019

Winter lights at Corfe CastleWinter lights at Corfe CastleGet into the festive spirit this Christmas and explore the castle grounds by the light of braziers, beacons and contemporary lighting. 
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Saturday, 14th December 2019 - Sunday, 15th December 2019

Friday, 20th December 2019 - Friday, 20th December 2019

Saturday, 21st December 2019 - Monday, 23rd December 2019

Friday, 27th December 2019 - Sunday, 29th December 2019

Monday, 30th December 2019 - Tuesday, 31st December 2019

A medieval Christmas adventure with the Lord of MisruleDating back to medieval England, the Lord of Misrule tradition continues at Corfe Castle.
more info

Saturday, 14th September 2019 - Sunday, 15th September 2019

Watercolour workshops at Corfe CastleJoin local artist Jenny Hawke as she helps you with some useful tips and techniques for creating beautiful watercolour paintings .
more info

Saturday, 21st September 2019 - Sunday, 22nd September 2019

Saturday, 28th September 2019 - Sunday, 29th September 2019

Stone carving workshops at Corfe CastleJoin expert stone carver and sculptor, Jonathan Sells at Corfe Castle as he teaches you some of the basic techniques of stone carving.
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Saturday, 7th September 2019 - Sunday, 8th September 2019

Saturday, 14th September 2019 - Sunday, 15th September 2019

Saturday, 21st September 2019 - Sunday, 22nd September 2019

Visitors enjoying medieval games at Corfe CastleMedieval games within the ruins at Corfe CastleWhy not put the screens away this autumn and head out to Corfe Castle to try some of the medieval games that were once played within the castle ruins.
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Saturday, 7th September 2019 - Sunday, 8th September 2019

Discover the world of radio with Poole Radio Society at Corfe CastleEver wondered how radio works? Visit Corfe Castle ruins this weekend to find out all about them and learn some morse code.
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Saturday, 26th October 2019 - Sunday, 3rd November 2019

Awaiting a trebuchet launch in half term at Corfe Castle October half-term at Corfe CastleThere's plenty going on at Corfe Castle this half term. Bring along your teddy and have a go at teddy zip wire and follow our autumnal trail up to the top of the castle ruins.
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Saturday, 21st December 2019 - Saturday, 21st December 2019

The silhouette of Corfe Castle at dawn Winter Solstice at Corfe CastleWatch the sun rise on the shortest day of the year from the castle ruins long before anyone else arrives. Enjoy a breakfast roll in the Castle Tea-Rooms. £12.50pp. Gates open 7.15am, last entry 7.30am. Booking essential. Please wear sensible outdoor clothing and footwear. Please be aware that…
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Saturday, 7th September 2019 - Sunday, 13th October 2019

Sculpture Exhibition at Corfe CastleEnjoy the arts this autumn with a sculpture exhibition within the castle grounds set up by local Purbeck artists.
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Thursday, 22nd August 2019 - Monday, 26th August 2019

Longbow in the Middle Ages
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Friday, 23rd August 2019 - Sunday, 25th August 2019

Cinema under the stars
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