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Holidays in Corfe Castle

A beautiful village set below an imposing fortification

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Corfe Castle in winter

Taking its name from the imposing castle which stands above it, Corfe Castle is a beautiful, historical village in Dorset. The castle is one of Britain’s most iconic survivors of the English Civil War. With unrivalled views over Dorset’s countryside and 1,000 years of history, it’s well worth exploring.

Though spectacular, it's not just the imposing fortification that makes Corfe Castle so special. Independent shops, beautiful traditional pubs and numerous attractions make this a holiday hotspot. One of the village’s notably quirkier attractions is Corfe Castle Model Village. See what the area would have looked like before its destruction by Cromwell’s troops in 1646. Perfect for families, the model village has giant games, a croquet lawn, a fossil corner, fairy garden, wildlife garden and a delightful tea room.

Traditional cottages in the village

To explore the nearby coast, Corfe Castle is just 15 minutes from Studland. The walk walk from Studland village to the spectacular Old Harry Rocks is perfect for keen ramblers. The route is 3.8 miles and offers magnificent views over Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.

In the heart of the village, browse independent shops and boutiques selling everything from delicious local fare to handmade crafts. Corfe Castle also has no shortage of eateries, both traditional and contemporary. If you’re looking for something a little different, head to Four and Twenty Blackbirds. Serving traditional dishes with a unique twist, such as quail and chorizo kebab with saffron couscous, the restaurant is revered among locals and visitors. If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll definitely enjoy puddings including peanut butter and mint chocolate chip brownies with chocolate ganache and peanut butter ice cream. For a cosy dinner, head to Mortons House. The restaurant offers an extensive menu created from the finest local ingredients. Try the breast of guinea fowl with smoked bacon lardons, mushrooms, truffled ratte mash and a Madeira and thyme jus. For a local seafood treat,try the Portland crab.

“Taking its name from the imposing castle which stands above it, Corfe Castle is a beautiful, historical village.”

If you’re looking for a cosy old pub, The Castle Inn is for you. Having served the village for hundreds of years, this traditional pub has a beautiful beer garden to enjoy the sunshine and a blazing fire indoors for the autumn and winter. Stop at The Castle Inn to sample a pint of local ale or cider, or tuck into a delicious Sunday roast. Other popular local pubs include The Scott Arms and The Greyhound Inn.

Corfe Castle is close to Wareham, Swanage and Weymouth.

While you’re there

Corfe Castle Model Village

Discover what the magnificent Corfe Castle would’ve looked like before it’s destruction by Cromwell in 1646.

Isle Of Purbeck Golf Club

A great location for golfers of any ability with some of the most outstanding views.

Kimmeridge Bay

The rocks here were once the floor of a tropical sea thriving with prehistoric creatures.

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