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Review: Corfe Castle


Wareham, Dorset, United Kingdom

A Day Out

  • By SilverTraveller JSOxon

    32 reviews

    Ribbon Ribbon

  • Apr 2012
  • Adult family

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It isn't hard to find attractions to visit in the South of England, but after visiting Bournemouth for a number of years, we have seen most of them. So finding somewhere exciting for a family of four to spend a day was difficult, until our 23-year-old son said he couldn't remember visiting Corfe Caste.

Setting off from Bournemouth by car at 10 am, we were soon in Wareham. This is a sweet little town with small cottages as well as Georgian mansions and the river running through, and we found it a perfect place for coffee and a gentle stroll. An olde worlde tea shop was the perfect place for elevenses as, sitting down, we were passed by the chef carrying a batch of scones straight out of the oven. Cream teas all round!

Corfe Castle towers over the town as an impressive ruin, and we managed to find a free car parking space right underneath the hill. Walking round the corner, we were soon at the entrance and could then spend a couple of hours exploring some fascinating rooms, walls and towers as well as pause regularly to take in breathtaking views across Dorset. There are useful noticeboards setting out the history of the castle, especially its Norman ancestry and how it was conquered after holding out for over two years against the enemy, and we even watched an impressive archery contest in the lower grounds. Just a note for the disabled, you need to walk up lots of winding paths and steps so it is not at all suitable.

As we left, we saw a steam engine chug past us and so we walked over to the station where we waited for a couple of trains to come and go and had the pleasure of watching two buzzards and three kestrels hunting on the nearby hills. The little railway museum is delightful (and free), and we spent a few nostalgic moments looking at old ticket machines and station photographs.

Not a thrilling place for small children, perhaps, but for anyone over 15, Corfe is certainly worth a detour.

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