Corfe Castle is the Gateway to the Isle of Purbeck, offering great places to Eat, Drink, Shop and Stay…

Corfe Castle Sunrise
By David Churchill
Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle is located halfway between Wareham and Swanage on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset.

The dramatic ruins of the Castle stand on a natural hill and guard the main route through the Purbeck Hills.

It guards the gap between the Isle of Purbeck and the rest of Dorset and nothing can pass in or out without going past the Castle.

Visiting Corfe Castle has to be on everyone’s wish-list when visiting Dorset ~ it’s easy to find and there’s lots to see and do when you get here. Exploring The Castle is great fun for kids of any age, and there’s plenty of places to explore in The Village to keep you occupied all day.

Visit the Model Village (a 1/20th scale model of Corfe Castle and the village), learn about the village in the tiny Museum, explore the winding streets and see the unique Purbeck Stone Cottages, go back in time and visit the Swanage to Corfe Castle Heritage Steam Railway.

You’ll also find plenty of places to relax and enjoy local sourced food and a drink in one of the many pubs, cafés, takeaways and restaurants.

The Village

The Village offers a great range or attractions, shops, places to eat and drink

The Castle

All about the Castle, it’s history, opening times and how to book your tickets


Corfe hosts a number of events each years, plus a growing number of local activities


From Bed & Breakfast, Self-Catering, Hotels, Camping and Glamping

Food and Drink

Take-Away, Traditional Pub Food, Fine Dining and Local Treats

Shops & Businesses

Corfe offers a wide range of local arts, crafts and gifts

News and Updates

Local News, Updates and History

Live Webcam

Check out the weather via the live webcam

How to Get Here

Car, Bus, Train and Parking


Hauled by one of our classic steam locomotives, the Christmas luncheon train departs Swanage station at 12:30 and returns at 15:30.

You will enjoy a three hour, steam hauled journey through the spectacular Purbeck countryside whist enjoying a traditional Christmas luncheon. 

With the Christmas luncheon train including a fully stocked bar, you can even pre-order a bottle of bubbly to celebrate that special occasion.

Visiting Corfe Castle

The main route to Corfe Castle is via the A351 from Wareham or via the Sandbanks Ferry from Poole and Bournemouth

More information can be found on the How to Get Here page ~ including Roads, Trains, Buses and Parking

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The Gateway to the Isle of Purbeck ~ Corfe Castle offers great places to Eat, Drink, Shop and Stay…