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The South Sights

Corfe Castle

  • A351 Map It
  • Corfe
  • Historic District/Site

Updated 05/28/2014

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One of the most impressive ruins in Britain, Corfe Castle overlooks the appealing gray limestone village of the same name. The castle site guards a gap in the surrounding Purbeck Hills. The present ruins are of the castle built between 1086, when the great central keep was erected by William the Conqueror, and the 1270s, when the outer walls and towers were built. Cromwell's soldiers blew up the castle in 1646 during the Civil War, after a long seige during which its Royalist

chatelaine, Lady Bankes, led its defense.

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Sight Information


A351, Corfe, BH20 5EZ, England

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Sight Details:

  • £8.50
  • Mar. and Oct., daily 10–5; Apr.–Sept., daily 10–6; Nov.–Feb., daily 10–4

Updated 05/28/2014


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