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Corfe Castle

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CORFE CASTLE
Dorset
BH20 5EZ

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Corfe Castle

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adultfrom £9.50 to £10.50 per ticket
Childfrom £4.75 to £5.30 per ticket
Family (one adult and three children)from £14.25 to £15.70 per ticket
Family (two adults and three children)from £23.75 to £26.20 per ticket
Group adult£8.50 per ticket
Group child£4.20 per ticket
National Trust membersFree

Free entry and parking for National Trust members.

Visitors arriving by public transport are offered a discount voucher redeemable at the shop or tea-rooms. This offer applies at all times.

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    1284
  • Very Good
    757
  • Average
    150
  • Poor
    31
  • Terrible
    8

Recent Reviews:

  • Chris B
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Amazing Historical Adventure
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 20th May 2018
    I am always awestruck by the imposing views of the castle as you approach Corfe Castle. Great views over Poole Harbour and the Dorset country side from the top of the castle mound. Great opportunity... Read full review
  • H1nksy
    Essex, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Corfe Castle
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 20th May 2018
    Corfe Castle is one of my favourite places to visit in Dorset and a must see & do place if you like history or you are into Photography. You do pay to get in there and during Summer or Holidays then... Read full review
  • Brian083
    Poole, United Kingdom
    Who is the biggest villain?
    3 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 19th May 2018
    Nice day so I thought I would visit this local attraction. Pleasant bus ride from Poole and first impression nice little village. You can see the ruins for miles and basically that's what they are... 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: www.swanagerailway.co.uk.

JOURNEY PLANNING: Contact Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit their website: www.travelinesw.com to look up bus timetables.

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

Facilities

Other

  • Gift Shop

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted - Must be pre-booked.

Key Features

  • Approx length of visit - Minimum 1 hour
  • In countryside
  • Max group size - 50
  • Min group size - 15
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Village Location

Accessibility

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

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children

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.

Catering

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

Payment Methods

  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Establishment Features

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

Specialist Features

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

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • Dutch printed material
  • Spanish printed material

Tours and Demonstrations

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

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available

Opening Times

Summer Opening (1 April 2018 - 30 September 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 18:00*
Autumn Opening (1 October 2018 - 31 October 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*
Winter Opening (1 November 2018 - 28 February 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00*
Spring Opening (1 March 2019 - 31 March 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*

* Castle, shop, tea-room and visitor centre closed 3rd 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.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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Civil War:BesiegedExperience musket drills, weaponry displays and a dramatic re-enactment of the castle when it first under siege in 1642.
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Friday, 1st June 2018 - Sunday, 3rd June 2018

Wildlife weekend at Corfe CastleJoin local experts in our nature tent for workshops on some of the diverse wildlife of the surrounding Purbeck landscape. This is a unique opportunity to meet some of nature's curious creatures up close.
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Saturday, 8th September 2018 - Sunday, 9th September 2018

Civil War:Besieged and BetrayedExperience musket drills, weaponry displays and 'The Betrayal': a dramatic re-enactment of when the castle was finally taken in 1645
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Saturday, 15th September 2018 - Sunday, 16th September 2018

Saturday, 22nd September 2018 - Sunday, 23rd September 2018

Wildlife weekendsJoin local experts in our nature tent for workshops on some of the diverse wildlife of the surrounding Purbeck landscape. This is a unique opportunity to meet some of nature's curious creatures close up. Dogs welcome on a lead. Please wear sensible outdoor footwear and clothing. Please be aware...
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Saturday, 29th September 2018 - Sunday, 30th September 2018

'Land' :Nature tales from the Mother of the MoundThora, a 3,000 year old nature spirit, waits to be woken. What pearls of wisdom will she reveal? Come along and listen to stories performed by local storyteller, Michelle O'Brien. Dogs welcome on leads, free event but normal admission fees apply. Please be aware that there are steps, steep slopes...
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Explore local stalls at Corfe CastleEnjoy wondering around a selection of different stalls on this May bank holiday.
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Open Air Theatre: Dr Dolittle
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