The village is constructed almost completely from the local grey Purbeck limestone and comprises two main streets, East Street and West Street, linked at their north end at the Square. Around the square, with its cross commemorating Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee of 1897, are clustered the small collection of shops, the post office, church and pubs. The main route through the village is East Street which forms part of the A351 main road taking traffic to Wareham in the north and Swanage in the south. Separating the two streets is an area of common land called “the Halves”.
There is more to Corfe than just a castle, find out about the history of the village.
Guarding the principal route through the Purbeck Hills, the castle is steeped in history.
The quickest route here, and where to park once you get here.
Discover what the village and the castle must have been like before it was destroyed.
Dedicated to King Edward who was killed in 978, reputedly on the orders of his “wicked” stepmother.
Catch a steam train to Swanage from Corfe Castle station.