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Guidebook for Corfe Castle

Denise

Guidebook for Corfe Castle

Food Scene
Good food, with a lovely terrace right on the river at Wareham
Old Granary, Wareham
Good food, with a lovely terrace right on the river at Wareham
Cosy, family friendly pub with roaring fire in winter.
The Castle Inn
63 East Street
Cosy, family friendly pub with roaring fire in winter.
Nice old pub with good menu and beer gardens right beneath the castle.
The Greyhound Inn
Nice old pub with good menu and beer gardens right beneath the castle.
The oldest pub in Corfe, dating back to the 1700s
The Fox Inn
8 West St
The oldest pub in Corfe, dating back to the 1700s
Nice old pub right in the village square. Roaring fires in winter and a large beer garden for summer with views of both the historic castle ruins and the steam railway. Quintessential Corfe Castle.
Bankes Arms Hotel
23 East St
Nice old pub right in the village square. Roaring fires in winter and a large beer garden for summer with views of both the historic castle ruins and the steam railway. Quintessential Corfe Castle.
Perched on the hill at Kingston - the beer garden at the Scott Arms has great views back towards Corfe and beyond.
The Scott Arms
Perched on the hill at Kingston - the beer garden at the Scott Arms has great views back towards Corfe and beyond.
Quaint quarryman's pub at Worth Matravers, with lovely sea views from the garden and a dynamite line in home brewed Dorset cider.
The Square & Compass
Quaint quarryman's pub at Worth Matravers, with lovely sea views from the garden and a dynamite line in home brewed Dorset cider.
Clavell's Restaurant
The bustling seaside town of Swanage has a pleasant beach surrounded by the Purbeck Hills, plenty of places to eat and drink, and a lively music scene with many summer events (Jazz Festival, Blues Festival, Folk Festival, Carnival - to name but a few).
Swanage Bay
The bustling seaside town of Swanage has a pleasant beach surrounded by the Purbeck Hills, plenty of places to eat and drink, and a lively music scene with many summer events (Jazz Festival, Blues Festival, Folk Festival, Carnival - to name but a few).
Quaint, cosy pub halfway between Wareham and Corfe.
Halfway Inn Wareham
Quaint, cosy pub halfway between Wareham and Corfe.
Great for a special occasion - locally sourced, food in the beautiful old manor house and gardens overlooking the sea at Studland.
The Pig - on the beach
Great for a special occasion - locally sourced, food in the beautiful old manor house and gardens overlooking the sea at Studland.
Old 1930s hotel which offers "High Tea" - much frequented by Enid Blyton and other notable figures from the era.
Knoll House Hotel
Old 1930s hotel which offers "High Tea" - much frequented by Enid Blyton and other notable figures from the era.
Traditional Dorset Cream Tea at the National Trust Tearoom in the village square. The garden has a stonking view of the Castle.
Corfe Castle Cafe
2 West St
Traditional Dorset Cream Tea at the National Trust Tearoom in the village square. The garden has a stonking view of the Castle.
Just across the chain ferry from Studland - Rick's Stein's Seafood Restaurant - conveniently situated beside some of the most expensive real estate in the world at Sandbanks.
Rick Stein, Sandbanks
10-14 Banks Rd
Just across the chain ferry from Studland - Rick's Stein's Seafood Restaurant - conveniently situated beside some of the most expensive real estate in the world at Sandbanks.
Great views across the Bay - lovely to sit outside on sunny days! Situated at the beginning of Swanage's newly restored wooden pier (no need to pay the small pier access fee if you are only going to the restaurant).
The 1859 Pier Cafe & Bistro
Great views across the Bay - lovely to sit outside on sunny days! Situated at the beginning of Swanage's newly restored wooden pier (no need to pay the small pier access fee if you are only going to the restaurant).
The stone castle built in Swanage's Victorian heyday guards the entrance to Durlston Country Park and houses the pleasant "Seventh Wave" restaurant. Lovely views from the outside terrace on warm summer days.
Durlston Castle
The stone castle built in Swanage's Victorian heyday guards the entrance to Durlston Country Park and houses the pleasant "Seventh Wave" restaurant. Lovely views from the outside terrace on warm summer days.
Tucked away behind the red door next to the Greyhound in Corfe Castle village square, you find Corfe's traditional bakery. Mr Dragon's award-winning cakes and freshly baked hot pasties are the best! Perfect for impromptu picnics.
Corfe Castle Village Bakery
The The Square
Tucked away behind the red door next to the Greyhound in Corfe Castle village square, you find Corfe's traditional bakery. Mr Dragon's award-winning cakes and freshly baked hot pasties are the best! Perfect for impromptu picnics.
In the summer you can this cheap al fresco eatery, on a quiet stretch of Swanage Beach - great Full English Breakfasts and picnics. Access from the road next to Burlington Chine.
Down The Beach
In the summer you can this cheap al fresco eatery, on a quiet stretch of Swanage Beach - great Full English Breakfasts and picnics. Access from the road next to Burlington Chine.
Posh dining in the pocket-sized Elizabethan Manor House in Corfe Castle village
Mortons Manor
45 East Street
Posh dining in the pocket-sized Elizabethan Manor House in Corfe Castle village
Glory hole of local art and artisans - situated at the foot of the castle in the old railway boilerhouse buildings. There is a garden cafe in summer.
Boilerhouse Gallery
Glory hole of local art and artisans - situated at the foot of the castle in the old railway boilerhouse buildings. There is a garden cafe in summer.
The local shop is the hub of the village - providing everything from post officer counter services, dry cleaning pick up - a showcase for locally produced products (purbeck cider, ice-cream, cheese, biscuits, pies etc etc) and 300 different types of gin!! (As well as more mundane necessities).
Corfe Castle Village Stores Ltd
25 East St
The local shop is the hub of the village - providing everything from post officer counter services, dry cleaning pick up - a showcase for locally produced products (purbeck cider, ice-cream, cheese, biscuits, pies etc etc) and 300 different types of gin!! (As well as more mundane necessities).
Well reviewed restaurant in West St, Corfe - which offers breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner. Good range of Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, and Gluten Free Options too!
The Pink Goat Corfe Castle
5 West Street
Well reviewed restaurant in West St, Corfe - which offers breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner. Good range of Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, and Gluten Free Options too!
For a very special meal or occasion - the Priory, with its lovely gardens overlooking the river at Wareham, can't be beaten.
The Priory Hotel
For a very special meal or occasion - the Priory, with its lovely gardens overlooking the river at Wareham, can't be beaten.
Sightseeing
Nature Reserve and Bird Sanctuary - on the Isle of Purbeck peninsula with beautiful views over the backwaters and islands of Poole Harbour,
Arne
Nature Reserve and Bird Sanctuary - on the Isle of Purbeck peninsula with beautiful views over the backwaters and islands of Poole Harbour,
Hop on the historic steam railway to Swanage at Corfe Castle's quaint station.
Railway Station
Hop on the historic steam railway to Swanage at Corfe Castle's quaint station.
Experience another aspect of Purbeck by visiting the old clay mine at Norden
Purbeck Mineral & Mining Museum
Experience another aspect of Purbeck by visiting the old clay mine at Norden
Overlooked by Clavell's Tower on the headland. Kimmeridge Bay is a great place for fossils and rock pools.
Kimmeridge Bay
Overlooked by Clavell's Tower on the headland. Kimmeridge Bay is a great place for fossils and rock pools.
Tiny Saxon chapel on the cliff top, which can only be reached on foot across the fields.
St Aldhelm's Chapel
Tiny Saxon chapel on the cliff top, which can only be reached on foot across the fields.
Beautiful sweep of sandy beach - running from the old Sandbanks chain ferry to Studland village
Shell Bay Beach
Beautiful sweep of sandy beach - running from the old Sandbanks chain ferry to Studland village
Lovely gardens and perfect model village of Corfe, with great views of the Castle itself and a nice restaurant.
Model Village Gardens & Cafe
Lovely gardens and perfect model village of Corfe, with great views of the Castle itself and a nice restaurant.
Great walks and dolphin watching from the marine centre on the headland.
Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve
Great walks and dolphin watching from the marine centre on the headland.
The oldest animal welfare organisation in Dorset – cats, chickens and panoply of pot bellied pigs and farm animals. Perfect for a family day out.
Margaret Green Animal Rescue - Church Knowle Rehoming and Visitor Centre
The oldest animal welfare organisation in Dorset – cats, chickens and panoply of pot bellied pigs and farm animals. Perfect for a family day out.
Hire a rowing boat (in summer) and paddle down the River Frome.
Wareham Boat Hire
Hire a rowing boat (in summer) and paddle down the River Frome.
Diving and boat hire. Britain's oldest Dive School nestles nicely on the pier to the South of the Swanage, with parking for cars and vans on the Pier and the underwater world lying directly underneath the Pier with copious amounts of sealife attracted by the confines of the wooden pier framework. There are a variety of other dives, deep and shallow including many WW1 and WW2 wrecks which lie in deeper water outside the bay.
Divers Down
Diving and boat hire. Britain's oldest Dive School nestles nicely on the pier to the South of the Swanage, with parking for cars and vans on the Pier and the underwater world lying directly underneath the Pier with copious amounts of sealife attracted by the confines of the wooden pier framework. There are a variety of other dives, deep and shallow including many WW1 and WW2 wrecks which lie in deeper water outside the bay.