Corfe Castle nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle), is an imposing ruin perched high on the hill, thought to be the inspiration for Kirrin Castle in Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books

The imposing ruins of Corfe Castle

The picturesque village of Corfe itself offers gift shops, model village, cafes offering cream teas and pubs 

Corfe Castle model village

Come and visit us and see what the village and castle would have looked like before its destruction by Oliver Cromwell’s troops during the English Civil War in 1646. Set in an acre of landscaped gardens, we are the ideal place for a lazy few hours for both young and old alike. Model Village Website

Corfe Castle Museum

The Museum has images and artefacts taken from Corfe’s past with the clay, stone and Purbeck Marble industries and snapshots of why and how the village became what it is today. The Museum is housed on the ground floor of the smallest Town Hall in England and so it is quite small too, but well worth a visit. It is open every day and entry is free.

Purbeck Mine Museum

Close to Corfe Castle village, next door to Norden station and park and ride is a brand new and superb visitor attraction, the Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum. The Museum aims to recreate a working environment typical of the drift ball clay mining industry. Purbeck has had (and still has) a ball clay industry producing some of the finest clays in the world since the mid 18 C

The museum complex allows visitors to walk through underground passages and the history of ball clay mining is displayed. Around the complex is a narrow gauge railway system complete with track, sidings, and wagons. Purbeck Mine Museum Website

Walks around Corfe

Distance 1½ miles. Start Corfe Castle ticket office. Map and directions here

Swanage Railway

Catch a steam train to Swanage from Corfe Castle station. Website here

Dorset Waterpark

A huge waterpark with two lakes overlooking Corfe Castle

Each lake has different obstacles. Find out more