‘Magnificent’ Dorset village named one of the best in the country – ‘don’t miss it’

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The Isle of Purbeck in Dorset is a fantastic holiday destination. There is plenty to do in the area, from the Jurassic Coast to historic remains and picturesque villages.

One village, in particular, has been singled out for its beauty.

Corfe Castle may be world famous, but there is more to the village of the same name than the castle ruins.

Corfe Castle is a thousand-year-old royal palace and fortress now managed by the National Trust.

Built in the 12th century for the son of William the Conqueror, King Henry I, it was partially destroyed during the English Civil War by the Parliamentarians.

The castle, however, still dominates the landscape and is the main reason many holidaymakers head for Corfe Castle.

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On Tripadvisor, Lisa J said: “The castle remains are magnificent.

“Beautiful place to visit, not just for the castle but to potter around the village too.

“We travelled there from Swanage by steam train which was a great experience and totally recommended.”

LuckyLoko wrote: “Corfe Castle is an almost endless adventure. The further you look into its details and story the more interesting and strange everything gets.”

The surrounding countryside is a great place to go for a walk.

The Purbeck Ridgeway walk will take Britons all the way down to the coast and to Swanage, while the Corfe Common history walk is a short walk south of the village.

The Purbeck Way walking route goes through Corfe Common too.

Back in the cottage-lined streets of the village, visitors can visit the Corfe Castle Model Village to find out what the castle and village would have looked like before its destruction by Cromwell’s troops during the Civil War.

Jason B said: “Beautiful place with a pretty model village and a beautiful garden with tables and chairs where you can taste the best cream tea.”

Corfe Castle also boasts the smallest Town Hall in England, and there is a museum on its ground floor.

Tripadvisor user B.F said: “This little museum was fascinating, with details about the local marble mining. It won’t take a few minutes to walk in one door and out of the other, so just don’t miss it!”

The Swanage Railway goes from Swanage to Corfe Castle and is a fun way to explore the area.

The Heritage Steam Railway also has a museum at Corfe Castle station.

Bob W said: “Climb to the castle if you wish, but a less ruinous visit will take you to the beautiful station.

“With or without a steam locomotive, it’s a classic.

“Every square inch is rural charm, anticipating the next the next train, yet delighting in the peace that settles between services.

“The museum is a must, as is the art gallery behind the northern platform.”

For a change of pace, Dorset Adventure Park is also located in Corfe Castle.

The wet and wild amusement park should provide plenty of opportunities for visitors to get wet and muddy, and to test their skills on the Mud Trail.

Further afield, visitors can go to the Blue Pool Nature Reserve or to the nearby village of Kimmeridge to see the fossils of the Etches Collection – Museum of Jurassic Life.
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