A Trip to Corfe Castle and a Trip Back in Time.
Although it may sound a bit strange, our day trip to Corfe Castle actually started in Swanage. Between Corfe Castle and Swanage runs the steam railway. This is a wonderfully nostalgic trip which entertains young and old alike; there is truly no better way to arrive in style!
Having arrived at Corfe Castle it was straight to the main attraction, the castle itself. Perfectly positioned in a gap in the Purbeck Ridge it plays host a wide variety of events throughout the year. Once the stronghold of the Banks family, the castle was destroyed by order of Parliament after the English Civil War. During which time it was a Royalist stronghold. However, such was the solidity of the building that they were unable to completely raise it to the ground and hence one can still appreciate its grandeur.
The village itself is incredibly picturesque and has a wonderful, nostalgic vibe.
After spending hours exploring the castle’s ruins, we headed into the village. To a brilliant sweet-shop selling all manner of treats – including some blasts from the past – from an array of glass jars positioned along the walls.
After having visited the model village and museum, we ate in the garden of a public house which overlooks the castle and set off for a walk around the countryside. Heading out of the village we found a myriad of well-signed trails which lead down around the base of the castle walls. These are perfect for catching glimpses of the Dorset wildlife and winding down after a week’s work.
Luckily it was a beautiful afternoon, and after some fantastic cream teas, it was back to the station and the steam train home.