Local Attractions

Castles and Houses

The Isle of Purbeck has many houses and castles that are open to the public, below is a selection of places to visit.

Corfe Castle (National Trust)

The castle stands above the village and dates back in some form to the 10th century. It was the site of the murder of Edward the Martyr in 978. During the English Civil War it was a Royalist stronghold and was besieged twice, in 1643 and again in 1646. It is currently owned by the National Trust and is open to the public.

Corfe Castle
Tel: 01929 481294

Durlston Castle

Durlston Castle stands within Durlston Country Park. The castle was designed by the Weymouth architect G.R. Crickmay (1830-1907) and built by W.M. Hardy in 1886-87 entirely of local stone.

Lighthouse Road, Swanage
Tel 01929 424693

Brownsea Castle

Brownsea Castle on Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour was originally a fort constructed by Henry VIII between 1545 and 1547 to protect Poole Harbour from the threat of French attack.

National Trust - Brownsea Island, Poole BH13 7EE