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. 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!

  2. Carla Carthy

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

  3. Sylvia Paul

    This would be great to visit with my family x

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

  5. sharon stanley

    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.

  6. sharon Catterall

    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

  7. debbie davies

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

  8. Lia Burns

    Wow what a beautiful castle. So picturesque

  9. claire sen

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

  10. Lynn Neal

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

  11. Andi Gurney

    I love visiting castles, especially loved Warwick

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. A S,Edinburgh

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

  15. Robert Price

    You had good weather and an interesting challenge

  16. Lyndsey Cooksey

    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

  17. Beverley Cousins

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

  18. Andrea Fletcher

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

  19. paula cheadle

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

  20. Denise Whiskin

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

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

  22. 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

  23. Shaun Heathcote

    I really enjoy looking at old ruins

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

  25. glenn hutton

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

  26. Lorna Ledger

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

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

  28. Yolanda Davis

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

  29. Louise Comb

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

  30. 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.

  31. Kathleen marsden

    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

  32. Heather Haigh

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

  33. Mark Barlow

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

  34. Leila Benhamida

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

  35. Margaret Gallagher

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

  36. Samantha Mann

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

  37. I love to visit castles, this one looks great!

  38. Hayley Colburn

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

  39. Annabel Greaves

    Looks like a lovely place for a family to visit

  40. Tracy Nixon

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

  41. Tracy Nixon

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

  42. 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

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