The Square Corfe Castle BH20 5EZ 01929 481 294
One of England’s most memorable sites, your first view of Corfe Castle nearly always takes your breath away. The hilltop castle appears as if from a fairy tale – especially when the steam train of the Swanage Railway puffs past. Mostly dating back to the 13th century when King John stayed here, the castle was partly blown up in the English Civil War, and today you can wander around the ruined walls and turrets that give superb views over the surrounding countryside.
Teetering on the top of a small hill, Corfe Castle is worth returning to again and again to enjoy walking on the wooden bridge over the moat and wander the ruins, take atmospheric photos, enjoy a delicious cream tea at the National Trust cafe overlooking the castle, and maybe encounter some historic reenactment being performed inside the castle grounds. Children can peep through arrow slits and clamber up the steps to the towers. Corvids croak from the top of the battlements whilst cows graze the lower slopes. Round off your visit by jumping on the steam train and head off for fish and chips in Swanage.
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