A visit to Dorset would not be complete without visiting the picturesque village of Corfe!
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.
There are also some good marked walks near the village and castle, many with fantastic views.
The village is situated in a gap in the Purbeck hills between Wareham and Swanage, and in fact ‘Corfe’ is the Saxon word for ‘cut’.
The castle we see today that was built to exploit this natural strategic spot never fails to impress; 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.
The pretty village was chosen to feature in the Disney film ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’ and is well worth exploring, with an interesting collection of independent shops, pubs, restaurants, and cafes.
Attractions in Corfe…
But despite keeping its enemies at bay for hundreds of years Corfe Castle was finally destroyed at the end of the English civil war by an order of Parliament.
Today the Castle is owned by the National Trust and regular events are held throughout the year.
The medieval town plan survives almost completely, and parts of the Church of St. Edward date back to the 13th century. The Church was so named after St Edward the Martyr who was murdered here in 978 on the orders of his stepmother, Queen Alfthryth, in order to allow her son Ethelred the Unready to become King.
Located on the Square, Corfe Castle, BH20 5EZ.
Located at 1, West Street, Corfe, BH20 5HA
There are stations at Swanage, Harman’s Cross, Corfe and Norden