Castle was Originally built by William the Conqueror in
the 11th century. Positioned strategically in the gap between
the Purbeck hills; it defended Dorset against attack from the
sea. During the early 13th century it became a comfortable royal residence
and one of King John’s favourite castles.
In the 17th century and no longer a royal castle it was in the
ownership of Lady Mary Bankes. In an act of betrayal by a member
of her garrison, the castle was captured and deliberately demolished,
resulting in the dramatic ruin seen today. Much of the missing stone was used to build the
houses of Corfe Castle Village.
Excellent walks in the surrounding countryside.
for the Christmas period)
Daily 10am - 6pm (closes up to 2 hours earlier out of season)