Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Corfe Castle

A few weeks ago my fella 'N' and I set off on a little trip to Dorset to get out of the city and breathe some fresh air. With our National Trust passes at the ready, a tent in the boot and a vague plan we set off!

N has a fascination with castles so first stop for us was Corfe Castle. We parked the car and winded out way through the wood, up and down and over rivers until we emerged with a view of what once would have been a spectacularly regal home.

It turned out that due to the school holidays there were tents set up to show kids (and people who happily regress to being seven at the sight of these kinds of things) what life would have been like when the castle was bustling with life.

We played some games and listened to a talk about various illnesses and their treatments and put ourselves in the stocks...

The history behind this site is fraught with drama and excitement. The first stone was laid over 1000 years ago and has since seen battles, murders, sieges and even destruction. The Bankes family handed it over to the National Trust in 1982 and was given a new lease of life and sees nearly 200,000 visitors every year. 

The castle is surrounded by the most beautiful Dorset countryside and just to really top the scene off, every so often a steam train chugs past. The day we were there was a mix of drizzle and bright sunlight so we dipped in and out of little arches and just generally acted a lot younger than our age!

When the castle was destroyed, Captain Hughes of Lulworth dug huge holes and stuffed them with gunpowder which resulted in the somewhat random bits of the castle being left over (which are perfect for hiding behind and jumping out on some poor tourist who turned out not to be the intended jumpee..!)

It's such a brilliant place to visit, rain or shine, and the views (and the tea rooms) are well worth the walk. 

If you don't already have one please please please get yourself a National Trust membership. I guarantee there will be a National Trust site or property nearer to you than you thought and it's basically the best way to spend a gloomy or sunny afternoon!

Just so you know this isn't a sponsored post I'm just a massive National Trust fan girl! 

(Let me know what your favourite NT property is in the comments below.)


  1. Definitely going to have to get a National Trust membership - thanks for the suggestion! Looks lovely there as well, I really need to start visiting more places like this, I love learning about the history!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

    1. Oh you definitely should! There are so many places dotted all over the UK, I need to go on another NT camping trip soon (or maybe when the weather has picked up a lot!)

  2. These images are gorgeous!! What a brilliant way to learn more about history, being able to see things, and visit places while learning about them is just fab!

    x Carina
    Running White Horses - Travel, Fashion, Lifestyle blog

    1. Thank you so much! It is definitely the best way to learn, running around and finding bits out for yourself too! x

  3. This is my PERFECT day. I'm also a NT member. My favourite property so far has been Dunham Massey which has been a WW1 hospital this year, amazing!
    Loved the comment about regressing to a 7 year old, that is so me! haha!
    Lovely blog :)

    1. Oh that's fab, I must get over there at some point! Going to try and do a campaign tour of a fair few of them soon! And I'm glad I'm not the only one who regresses!

  4. WOW it looks beautiful there! I'd love to visit that area of the country as there's so much to see and learn about. The photos are amazing!
    Xo Lottie

    1. Thank you Lottie! You definitely should get over there, so many nice campsite around too, you could make it a proper little adventure! x


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