The dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle tower above the picturesque greystone village of the same name. No matter how many times we go there, the sight of the ruins suddenly hoving into view as you approach the village never fails to impress.
The castle's shattered walls and towers, occupying the steep slopes of a conical hill, reflect the stormy history of the castle. The existing ruins are mainly of the original Norman castle, plus 13th-century extensions carried out by King John and Edward I.
The ruins are a great place to explore and enjoy fine views of the surrounding countryside, so don't forget your camera. If you're really dedicated, get up at dawn and photograph the early morning mist swirling around the castle (we haven't managed it yet!).
Regular events are held at the castle and in the village, making it a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. The village is a lovely place to wander around, and the tiny museum and model village are well worth a visit.
There are plenty of good walks around the Corfe area, including the impresseive Purbeck Ridgeway which stretches between Steeple and Swanage.