Whilst on holiday in Dorset this year we visited a few places, mostly were National Trust as we became members this year. We ticked another place off the list and visited Corfe Castle, a 1,000 year old castle which was partially demolished in 1646.


Yes I am sure you noticed those black clouds, it was sunny when we left the house! However we didn’t get wet at all. It wouldn’t have surprised me if we had though, as Corfe Castle is sat right on top of a huge hill, looking down over the village of Corfe Castle, and would easily get hit by the rain!


As we visited in the school holidays Corfe Castle had put on some activities to get the kids interest. They were really well done, from old games, cooking, tool making and dressing up.



They also had a trail around Corfe Castle on too, the children were given information on different people who worked around Corfe Castle at the time Sir Christopher Hatton lived there. The children had to read each bit of information and then pick who they think was the person who was behind the plot to kill him. This was ok for Tyler who is 12 but the girls aged 7 found it a bit hard and a lot of information.


This trail got the kids running around Corfe Castle and exploring the area. Which gave me a chance to capture some photos and take in the views.




My kids love climbing around old buildings, exploring new places and Tyler enjoys learning the history behind the places.

If Corfe Castle couldn’t be anymore picture perfect, there is a steam train running through the hills!


I have put together a little video for you.

Being a National Trust member you get to park in the car parks for free, the car park is situated accross the road and about a 10 minute walk away from Corfe Castle. However keep an eye out for the Play Trail, it runs alongside the normal path but is a little different and the kids will love it!



Make sure you put Corfe Castle on your to visit list, it is well worth a visit.
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  1. Wow this looks absolutely stunning!! I love the idea of activities for the kids that’s brilliant! Glad you had a good time xxx

  2. I am not a bit fan of history. I sucked at it in school but I do love visiting old castles. This one looks amazing. Look at the landscape.

  3. Kerry Norris Reply

    I’ve never heard of this castle. It looks lovely. The steam train is an added bonus too. We’ll have to try and visit next time we’re in the area x

  4. It’s such an iconic castle isn’t it and I love the stormy skies in that picture, it makes it so atmospheric! It’s great when they put on so many different activities over the summer, so much easier to learn through ‘doing’. How fab that they have made a play trail to follow too, it’s the little details like that which really make a day out! Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

  5. You’ve captures so much history in a few photo’s, fab photography. Never been but it looks like somewhere we’d visit. I love the stepping stones.

  6. The London Mum Reply

    I love being a NT member because they really do make great days out for kids.

  7. We stayed in a hotel that looked into here on our first ever Dorset trip over 10 years ago! It’s right next to such a gorgeous little town isn’t it? Dorset is my favourite place EVER!

  8. Corfe Castle is brilliant. The view is amazing and it’s great seeing the steam trains too. I haven’t been for nearly 20 years, so long before I had children. We must plan a visit to Dorset soon.


  9. I have seen a few pics of Corfe Castle before and it looks amazing, even the dark clouds add a nice bit of atmosphere! I love our NT membership, can’t wait to discover some new places this year. And another reminder I really need to put Dorset on our list for next year! #whatevertheweather

  10. We took our girls to a castle for the first time over the summer and they loved it. My eldest (5) was particularly impressed! she thought it was magical to be in a real life castle! My parents are National Trust members so we’ve visited quite a few NT places with them, but there aren’t many places near where we live unfortunately. #whatevertheweather

  11. Corfe Castle looks truly epic! The dark clouds make it look even more so. I’m hoping to do a few more National Trust places this Autumn. Sarah #WhateverTheWeather

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