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Corfe Castle, and most of the buildings in the village that bears its name, are built with the local Purbeck stone, which is perhaps why the village sits so comfortably in its position amongst the Purbeck hills.

Building of the castle began in 1086 and it later became one of England’s greatest strongholds
until it was destroyed in 1646. Now owned by the National Trust the castle was the inspiration
behind author Enid Blyton's Kirrin Castle in her Famous Five books, as she enjoyed many happy holidays in the Purbeck area.

The Ginger Pop shop in The Square is a must for Blyton fans as it stocks a large selection of her books.

The quaint village has just a few shops but each one is individual and stocked with an eclectic range of collectibles, jewellery and gift ideas. Relax over a tasty snack, meal or cream tea at one of the village tearooms, restaurants or inns.

Visitors can travel to Corfe on a nostalgic steam train from Swanage, or pick the train
up at Norden, just off the A351 Wareham to Corfe Castle Road, which offers park and ride.

While you are in Corfe visit the Model Village, which shows how Corfe was before the castle’s destruction.

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