ABC of Castles – Corfe – National Trust

ABC of Castles Corfe: If you are regular readers of Mudpie Fridays then you will know what as a family challenge this year we are trying to visit an ABC of Castles. As part of this we were lucky enough to visit Corfe Castle when we went glamping in Dorset. We managed to visit on such a beautiful day that this post is very photo heavy!

Part of National Trust there is plenty to see and do. When we visited there was knight school, the opportunity to dress up and also parachuting teddy bears. Even though we didn’t have our own that didn’t stop us borrowing a few to send flying down. Corfe itself is a quaint little English town with plenty of places to eat and get a coffee or a beer. Visiting in February meant that it wasn’t very busy allowing us to park in the main carpark which is just around the corner from the entrance to the castle. In busier times  its also possible to park on the road at the bottom of the castle although you will then need to walk up the hill. Even with our new Urban Glide buggy we decided to give the hill a miss.

Kipper is at that age where he is okay out of his buggy but still tires easily. Corfe itsn’t really suitable for a buggy, may people leave them at the the castle entrance. We didn’t we took ours up and managed fine for the most part. Yet if you have a little one then a carrier is probably a better option. Its a steep climb to the castle itself and I was surprised that Kipper managed as much as he did. At the top there is plenty of opportunity to run around and let of steam with interesting nooks and crannies to explore. Monkey also did a fair amount of climbing.

You probably don’t need to spend much more than a couple of hours there. On the day we visited they also had the trebuchet going. We spent the morning at the castle when we visited and then headed towards the steam railway for a trip to Swanage which I will be writing about soon.

Things you need to know:

  • Address: The Square, Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5EZ
  • Opening Times: when we visited the castle, shop and cafe was open from 10am to 5pm you can check timings on their website. This visitors centre shuts half an hour before the castle.
  • Prices: Free for National Trust members. There are different prices depending on peak or off peak rates. Peak rates are adults £11.50 with gift aid, children (5-18 yrs) £5.80, family ticket £28.60, under 5s free.

You can see the other castles we have visited as part of this challenge below:

Bodiam Castle, Urquhart, Windsor CastleOur A to Z of Castles Challenge, A to Z of Castles, Pevensey Castle.


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  1. March 20, 2018 / 9:38 pm

    I love photo heavy posts 🙂 What a beautiful castle and I love the A-Z of castles. What a fabulous idea. I hope you can find one for each letter. I will look forward to following your castle adventures

  2. Tracy Nixon
    March 21, 2018 / 5:32 am

    Love the photos – and the weather was so good for you!

  3. Tracy Nixon
    March 21, 2018 / 5:32 am

    Love the photos – and the weather was so good for you! Glad you enjoyed yourselves!

  4. mia vine
    March 21, 2018 / 11:38 am

    looked great fun

  5. Annabel Greaves
    March 21, 2018 / 2:35 pm

    Looks like a lovely place for a family to visit

  6. Hayley Colburn
    March 21, 2018 / 9:43 pm

    Looks like a great place to get some souvenir photographs, looks like you had pretty decent weather too which must have been a plus

  7. Alica
    March 21, 2018 / 10:17 pm

    I love to visit castles, this one looks great!

  8. Samantha Mann
    March 22, 2018 / 10:58 am

    Such an adventure… perfect spot for picnics on a warm day

  9. Margaret Gallagher
    March 22, 2018 / 11:50 am

    Great fun and adventures for all – we’ll have to visit too

  10. Dion petrie
    March 22, 2018 / 1:24 pm

    Sounds like an interesting day out

  11. Alice
    March 22, 2018 / 11:48 pm

    I love visiting castles.

  12. Leila Benhamida
    March 23, 2018 / 1:21 pm

    Wonderful. Love castles and their history. The view looks really relaxing.

  13. Mark Barlow
    March 24, 2018 / 7:51 am

    Stunning views of a beautiful castle. It’s no wonder you had a fantastic day

  14. Heather Haigh
    March 24, 2018 / 8:00 am

    That looks wonderful and a great spot for getting some good photos.

  15. March 24, 2018 / 10:04 am

    What a lovely place to visit. looks like everyone had fun and gorgeous photos too

  16. Kathleen marsden
    March 24, 2018 / 11:00 am

    My daughter and I have been trying to visit every cathedral in Great Britain over the past few years and we are nearly at the end of our quest so now you have given me a new idea which I will put to my daughter later. Brilliant

  17. March 24, 2018 / 12:06 pm

    The boys look like they had a wonderful time exploring the fun at Corfe Castle, another great castle ticked off the list. It’s great that you managed to do Teddy parachuting even though you didn’t have your own teddies, Monkey looks like he loved it. I love the shot of Monkey peeking through a window (especially the arm holding onto him) and Kipper looking through a window with a very confused look.

    Thanks forlinking up with me on #CountryKids.

  18. Louise Comb
    March 24, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    Gorgeous pics. Makes me want to be there – especially with that lovely blue sky and sunny weather 🙂 XXX

  19. Sidrah Ahmed
    March 24, 2018 / 7:38 pm

    Lovely place to visit with the family

  20. Yolanda Davis
    March 24, 2018 / 10:57 pm

    I love visiting castles. Leeds is my favourite as it’s not to far from where I live.

  21. Mike
    March 25, 2018 / 2:17 pm

    The castle looks amazing. Definately great for a photo day out

  22. Lorna Ledger
    March 25, 2018 / 4:45 pm

    What a stunning Castle, I could easily spend all day there. gorgeous!

  23. glenn hutton
    March 26, 2018 / 1:12 pm

    The castle looks amazing, it also looks like a fun day out for all the family… 🙂

  24. Liza Park
    March 26, 2018 / 2:08 pm

    Looks a very interesting place to visit!

  25. March 26, 2018 / 9:30 pm

    We love Corfe castle, looks like you had a great time. I love the view from the churchyard photo, really unusual. #CountryKids

  26. Shaun Heathcote
    March 27, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    I really enjoy looking at old ruins

  27. Rich Tyler
    March 27, 2018 / 3:24 pm

    Lovely family memorys

  28. kris mc
    March 27, 2018 / 3:58 pm

    lovely day out

  29. March 28, 2018 / 9:27 pm

    Lovely photos of Monkey and Kipper enjoying their day out at Corfe Castle. I remember visiting here when I was about ten and I loved it. It’s on my list of places that I’d like to take the girls to at some point. Sounds like you had a lovely day out 🙂 #countrykids

  30. March 29, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    We are regular visitors to Corfe Castle and we love it when they run their teddy zipwire events

  31. Denise Whiskin
    March 30, 2018 / 2:54 pm

    Corfe village looks lovely and traditional. Could also see us doing healthy walks around the castle, it’s very picturesque.

  32. paula cheadle
    March 31, 2018 / 10:18 am

    not been to castle corfe for a very long time about 20 years

  33. Hannah Wallington
    March 31, 2018 / 4:40 pm

    This is such a good idea

  34. Andrea Fletcher
    April 1, 2018 / 1:44 pm

    Looks like a great day out. Love castles, Edinburgh and Conwy are great to visit as well.

  35. Beverley Cousins
    April 1, 2018 / 3:10 pm

    Really looks a wonderful place to visit, would be fabulous to take a picnic in the summer and spend the day there.

  36. Lyndsey Cooksey
    April 1, 2018 / 7:41 pm

    Lovely photos! When I was a child, I hated going round castles with my parents but I love it now! Especially taking my family. Also, I’m also looking forward to joining the national Trust too. We are avid campers and love going out for day trips and nature walks

  37. Robert Price
    April 2, 2018 / 3:49 am

    You had good weather and an interesting challenge

  38. A S,Edinburgh
    April 2, 2018 / 10:05 am

    Wonderful photos and write-up, thank you. I’ve been a few times, years ago, and this brings back memories.

  39. Susan B
    April 3, 2018 / 5:23 pm

    Another excellent review and lovely pics of the children. I have been looking at rail stations again to see if we can travel there. Thank you.

  40. April 5, 2018 / 11:14 am

    I went on a school trip to Corfe castle as a child. I don’t think I’ve been since though. Really must go back. I love photo heavy posts, especially of places as beautiful as this. Those are the best type of blog posts.

  41. Andi Gurney
    April 6, 2018 / 10:42 pm

    I love visiting castles, especially loved Warwick

  42. Lynn Neal
    April 7, 2018 / 8:32 am

    Great fun for your boys here and lovely photos to remember it!

  43. claire sen
    April 7, 2018 / 6:16 pm

    Aaah Dorset is so beautiful, I want to go back after seeing your post!

  44. Lia Burns
    April 9, 2018 / 12:18 am

    Wow what a beautiful castle. So picturesque

  45. debbie davies
    April 14, 2018 / 10:51 am

    Corfe Castle is great my son loves visiting castles and its one of his favourites. looks like you had a great time.

  46. sharon Catterall
    April 15, 2018 / 4:24 pm

    i love visiting castles with my grandchildren,we were a little disappointed when we visited skipton castle though their wasnt a lot to see or do ,clitheroe castle was the same,were trying to visit more further afield oneas next,great article

  47. sharon stanley
    April 17, 2018 / 5:47 pm

    What a lovely castle. I’m not so sure I wouldn’t leave my bunch in the stocks though lol (just kidding I couldn’t really be without them) but I would definitley like to take them to visit a castle near to us soon. We’re thinking Warwick Castle as haven’t been for many years and it will get them away from screens now the weather is getting better.

  48. Mo
    April 18, 2018 / 12:29 pm

    Visiting a castle and then having a meal at a cafe sounds fun. I love castles as they are so grand and majestic!

  49. Sylvia Paul
    April 19, 2018 / 7:40 pm

    This would be great to visit with my family x

  50. Kirsty Woods
    April 20, 2018 / 5:45 am

    Great pictures

  51. Carla Carthy
    April 20, 2018 / 9:48 am

    Great photos looks really fun always looking for places to go with the kids 🙂

  52. April 20, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    What an amazing looking castle, we’ve just got back from Somerset and visited Dunster Castle. The way is was nestled up on the hill side made me think of all all the beautiful castles set in the hillside in Germany!

  53. Tee Simpson
    April 20, 2018 / 9:30 pm

    Photos are stunning. Looks lovely

  54. Lynn Neal
    December 7, 2018 / 5:51 pm

    This looks a great place to explore!

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