Portland (Weymouth), England, United Kingdom
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Approximately 4½ hours
Meals not included
The tranquil countryside of Dorset accompanies you en route to the village of Corfe. From the time when dinosaurs roamed the area right up to the modern day, nearly all periods of history are celebrated in and around the village -- a virtual time machine unequaled in the UK.
Visit the thousand-year-old ruins of Corfe Castle, majestically silhouetted against the skyline. One of Britain's most romantic ruins, Corfe Castle, with its beautiful medieval architecture, dominates a breach in the Purbeck Hills. The castle has been an essential stronghold since before the time of William the Conqueror. Edward, the Saxon boy king, was murdered here in AD 978, and King John kept important prisoners and valuable treasures in the towers.
As you explore, you are following in the footsteps of kings, knights, soldiers, workmen, servants and prisoners -- the hundreds of thousands of people who have lived at, worked in, fought for or visited Corfe Castle during its 1,000-year history.
Take in the splendor of the ruins in a strategic position worthy of a lavish and 'modern' royal castle for William the Conqueror and his royal successors.
You will also have a short time to wander about the village of Corfe before the return drive across the countryside to Portland.
Coaches park in the village of Corfe. From there, it is a pleasant uphill walk to the castle. The castle grounds terrain includes some fairly steep grades. Wear comfortable walking shoes.