Explore Corfe Village
Corfe’s iconic castle is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Purbeck. The castle is located in a gap in the Purbeck hills between Wareham and Swanage. In fact ‘Corfe’ is the Saxon word for ‘cut’.
The castle was built to exploit its natural strategic location. Today, its iconic ruinous remains stand testament to its violent history. It was built just after the Norman conquest from the local Purbeck limestone replacing an earlier timber structure.
Although most visitors to Corfe head straight for the castle the village is well worth taking the time to take a leisurely stroll around. Similar to the castle the buildings are constructed almost entirely from the local grey Purbeck Limestone which give it a traditional feel. The castle stands high above the village’s skyline and there are some great viewpoints of the castle to be found on local walks around the village and countryside.
Most of the villages attractions are easy to locate on the two main streets, East and West street, which meet together in a small square overlooked by the Corfe Castle entrance. Nearby you will also find the St Edward the Martyr Church, which is certainly worth a visit. Don’t miss the tiny Corfe Museum, located in the smallest town hall in England! There are a good variety of pubs, restaurants and tea rooms in Corfe. There are also a selection of interesting gift and craft shops to browse around as well as a Corfe’s local village store for groceries. If you are looking to holiday in Corfe there are plenty of local hotels and self catering cottages in the village as well as caravan and camping sites nearby.
There are also some lovely marked walks near the village and castle, many with fantastic views. One of the most impressive views of the castle can be found at the nearby village of Kingston.
Getting to Corfe...
If you are travelling by car there is the National Trust Car park near to the castle or at the West Street Car Park in the Village. There is also the Challow Walkers Car Park in Sandy Hill Lane.
For local transport you can use Corfe Station for Swanage Railway trips to Swanage and Wareham. There is also a local bus service – the Purbeck Breezer no. 40 . There is also the season (May – September) Purbeck Breezer no. 30 which goes from Swanage to Dorchester via Corfe. See https://www.morebus.co.uk/purbeck-breezer