Corfe Castle (Dorset - England)

Recently I set out to East Devon & Dorset. This place is special for several aspects - it has an incredibly beautiful coastal line, the natural rock formations are exquisite, its been in existence since Jurassic times and its the only ecological spot under UNESCO in the whole of England. As it happened in Bath, the day started with a cloudy sky and drizzle much to my dismay, but as time went by, by noon, it cleared very well. One of my stops here was at Corfe Castle. Whether you go on a daytrip to Jurassic Coast or weekend trip to Dorset, Corfe Castle & Swanage railway shouldn't be missed! Read on to know why!
To begin with Corfe Castle confused me. Its ancient and its ruins of a castle, kinda similar to Old Sarum but newer. Somehow this came under National Trust instead of English Heritage! Now, that was a bit confusing. Nevertheless, here's more about the place.

This was built in early 12th C by for King Henry I. This stands tall at 21m atop a 55m high hill. This castle was made of Purbeck stone which is innate to this area and mined in and around here. Infact these were the stones which was used in building Westminster Abbey!!!

At one point of time this place was the home of the crown jewels, and at another point this place also served as a prison. Henry I imprisoned his brother, the Duke of Normandy here in 1106. King John held Princess Eleanor and her 24 French Knights as prisoners here as well. An extra floor was built in 13th C.

An important factor here were the dungeons called Oubliettes. Quite a few prisoners were thrown into this and let to die & rot! Pretty much reminded me of the Moon Door of the Game of Thrones. Much later during the English Civil War of 1642, the castle was attacked by 1645 and brought the stage it is in, now. This place pretty much reminded me of Alamparai, with all the fallen walls and structures.


Nevertheless, the expanse of land was just spectacular. Since this is located atop a hill, it creates a natural moat and view point. The view of the town from atop is just gorgeous. Esp the view of the surrounding hills, the church in the town, the steam engine train line nearby is all just spectacular. It is pretty much is ruins which nothing that could be called as even a shelter. But not as worse as Old Sarum.

Very close by is the Corfe Castle station which is, very similar to Avon Valley Railway, is a restored Victorian style station which runs steam rail as well as diesel rail. This line is called the Swanage Railway. In 1972, the Swanage Railway was closed and the station, track etc were removed. Later in 1975, with the general public volunteers, this was restored and brought back to life.

There is also a little museum there which has a steam engine, lanterns, uniforms, boards and many more items associated with steam rail of the yesteryears. Till date, the board and ticket counters are maintained vintage. 


P.S: Check out here to know what I wore for this trip.

To Get There:
Nearest bus stand / railway stations: Corfe Castle / Wareham / Bournemouth
Entry Ticket: from £8.50 (varies according to age and peak season)
More details on pricing on their website and can be bought at gate.

P.S: I was invited by Corfe Castle to experience it for review purposehowever the opinions are my own and this post does not to advertise the product/service.


Dedicated to Venkat

Bhushavali

An ardent traveler by passion. Being an ex - Art History Teacher, my area of interest especially lies in Nature and Heritage. Visited 78 UNESCO World Heritage sites as of Sept 2020. I've been listed among the Top 7 Women Travel Bloggers of India, Top 50 in UK. I have been interviewed in a couple of TV Shows, Radio Channels and Events as well. Read more about me and read the testimonials of different brands