Corfe Castle from above
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Visiting Corfe Castle during COVID19 restrictions

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August 11, 2020

Corfe Castle is one of our favourite local places to visit, so as we started emerging out of lockdown it was the first place we looked into visiting.


Corfe Castle is looked after by the National Trust, therefore if you are annual pass holders like us, you can enjoy free entry. However, like many venues, they now require to book your ticket in advance as they are limiting visitor numbers. This is done via eventbrite and completely free for NT members, but it is worth remembering that booking closes at 3pm the day before your visit.


You are then required to arrive within your 30-minute time slot. We simply checked it at the tent at the bottom of the hill and began exploring.

Corfe Castle

We booked at 11am slot as the traffic can be quite bad getting through Wareham, particularly in the summer months and arrived in plenty of time.

Corfe Castle

We found a few people milling around and some enjoying picnics in the grounds, but the site is huge and we happily wandered around at our own pace and away from everyone else.

Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle normally has activities on through the school holiday’s, including trails, dressing up and events, but these are currently cancelled due to COVID19.

Corfe Castle

I was worried the kids might be disappointed with the lack of activities, but they were more than happy to read the information signs, recreate fun photo’s (the one above with the leaning wall is a fave) and just enjoy the sights from the top of the castle.

Corfe Castle

We stayed and explored for a good couple of ours before making our way back down to the village.

Corfe Castle

Now the kids are a bit older and conditioned for longer walk, we decided that we would climb the hill opposite the castle, to take the view in from above, and to see a strange sculpture that we spotted on the hill.

Corfe Castle

We picked up the footpath from behind Corfe Station and made the climb up the hill, which is a mixture of steps and a pathway.

Corfe Castle

Sebby literally ran to the top, deciding that it was his new 7 year old legs that powered him. I took a more sedate pace as it is quite a steep climb, but it is well worth it for the views.

Corfe Castle

As you can tell, it was a little bit windy!!

Corfe Castle

The summit of the hill also offers stunning views over the Purbecks, all the way to the natural harbour of Poole. We also found the sculpture that we spied from the castle.

The Dorset Steer

The Dorset Steer is a stunning piece of art by Eilidh Space, which has been erected on the hill and is dedicated to the NHS.

The Dorset Steer

It was then back down the hill the way we came.

The Dorset Steer

Once we reached the car, we drove into Swanage and enjoyed an ice cream from Fortes on the prom.

Ice cream

How have you had found the extra precautions on days out?

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    Playdays and Runways

    August 11, 2020

    I love National Trust properties and walks. I cannot wait to renew our passes

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    Sarah Bailey

    August 11, 2020

    What an absolutely amazing looking place to go and spend some time, it is incredible that places have managed to turn around so quickly with making things accessible with covid restrictions.

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    Liam | Whatthedadsaid

    August 12, 2020

    This looks a great place to visit, a lovely chilled out afternoon, though the OCD in me would be worried about the wall leaning over!

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    Samantha Donnelly

    August 12, 2020

    I went to Corfe Castle years ago and remember I loved it, this has made me want to go back again and visit

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    Natasha Mairs

    August 12, 2020

    I love visiting old castles and things like that. This looks amazing. I have never heard of this place before but looks fab.

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    Yeah Lifestyle

    August 12, 2020

    Corfe Castle looks absolutely stunning! Love how much fun you all have had with the visit to the castle and the surrounding areas. The Dorset Steer is such a great idea

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    Rebecca Smith

    August 12, 2020

    That sculpture is incredible! Corfe Castle looks like a wonderful place to explore as a family – we love visiting places like this.

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    Jess Howliston

    August 13, 2020

    This looks like a great place to explore, we have never been but I think my two would love it (especially my son who is fascinated with castles!). I love that there is lots of space for kids to be free without having to constantly worry about them invading other peoples space as they get excited lol! We have been venturing out, just reiterating to the kids about space, distance and taking hand gel with us everywhere and applying regularly!

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    August 14, 2020

    We visited Corfe Castle last month and had a great time. They were doing a children’s trail at that time, which the girls loved. We just had to use our own pencils, which thankfully I had.

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