Corfe is an unspoilt English village
built in Purbeck stone and dominated by the ruins of the Norman Castle. It is the capital of the Isle of Purbeck and the site where Edward, first King of England was martyred in 978AD. The Purbeck coastline is designated an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty"
. The beaches of Studland, Lulworth, Swanage, Kimmeridge, Durdle Door and Old Harry are all within easy reach.
In December of 2001, the Dorset and East Devon Coast was officially ranked as one of the natural wonders of the world
The decision, taken by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee, puts the coast firmly on the map as one of the most geologically important places on the planet
. The 95 mile stretch of coast, starting at Old Harry Rocks, near Swanage, provides a walk through some 185 million years of the history of the planet and contains a number of outstanding fossil deposits
. Learn more about the rich natural history on a guided 'Jurassic Jaunt'.
Nearby you can visit the smallest town hall in England
and a small museum with wonderful archives that include a set of dinosaur prints
and a collection of domestic and agriculture implements. You will find this just around the corner in West Street opposite the Fox Inn.
On the same street as the museum is a fantastic model village
which is well worth a visit. It shows the village in its glory including the Castle before Oliver Cromwell made his grand entrance!