Corfe Castle - National Trust

The Keep of Corfe Castle, Dorset
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Thousand-year-old castle, rising above the Isle of Purbeck.

One of Britain’s most majestic ruins, the castle controlled the gateway through the Purbeck Hills and has been an important stronghold since the time of William the Conqueror. Defended during the Civil War by the ardent and virtuous Lady Bankes, the castle fell to treachery from within, and was substantially destroyed afterwards by the Parliamentarians. Many fine Norman and Early English features remain.

Venue Type:

Museum, Castle or defences

Opening hours

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

Admission charges

£4.70, child £2.30, family £11.50 (2 adults & 3 children), family £6.90 (1 adult & 3 children). Groups £4.10, child £2. Paying visitors arriving by public transport offered a reduction on production of a valid bus or train ticket. Discounted Corfe Castle/Swanage Steam Railway joint tickets available from Swanage Steam Railway (tel. 01929 425800 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              01929 425800      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              01929 425800      end_of_the_skype_highlighting)


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Additional info

General access: Only Castle’s outer Bailey through main gatehouse accessible for wheelchair users, but bumpy; remainder of ruin presents a steep and uneven climb, with step.
Parking: Visitors with impaired mobility may be set down near Castle. Badge holders may find parking space close by, in village. West Street car park most suitable (pay and display, not NT). Ramped access to NT shop in village square. New interactive Visitor Centre at Castle View (NT car park with 3 designated places) is accessible to wheelchair users. Castle 500m (10-15 min. walk). Footpath suitable for wheelchair users, but steeply inclined at Castle end
Shop: Accessible shop and exhibition centre with interactive displays
Refreshments: Tea-rooms accessible
Lavatories: Adapted WC at Castle entrance and Castle View Visitor Centre (radar lock; keys at ticket office and visitor centre)
Large-print guide. Many items and surfaces can be enjoyed by touch.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Music, Social History

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Living in a Castle

Castle tours offer a great way to bring the ruins to life - an expert guide can place the ancient structure into its geographical and historical context.
The study room's imaginative hands-on activities - from early medieval costumes to examining archaeological finds - provide excellent preparation for, or follow-up to, a castle tour. The study room is best suited to Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils, but other ages can be catered for.
Guided walks looking at Corfe Castle village as a rural settlement, or at Corfe Common, are also available.

How to obtain

All education activities require pre-booking. Current charges are £1.80 (+VAT) per student per activity (guided walk, study room session). Call 01929 480609 or email for more information.

Corfe Castle - National Trust
The Square
Corfe Castle
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General Enquiries

01929 481294


01929 480609


01929 477067

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