Corfe Castle in Dorset is possibly built on the site of an old Roman settlement. However, by the 10th century, a castle was built of wood. In the 12th century it was converted to stone by William the Conqueror. It lies on a natural hill and is positioned on a trading route for the marble that was quarried in the Purbeck Hills. Today the castle is a ruin and owned by the National Trust. Take a wander through the site and take in the wonderful views. The village of Corfe has a charm of its own – make sure to visit a tea shop and other many other interesting shops there.
Fun Fact: In 979AD King Edward was supposedly murdered by his own step-mother at Corfe so her own son Ethelred the Unready could take the throne…
For information on the history check out this Corfe Castle website while the National Trust has opening times and visitor info.