Corfe Castle Model Village and Tea Rooms

corfe model village castle

The Corfe Castle Model Village and Tea Rooms is one of our favourite places to visit.

Sometimes we just stop for their delicious Dorset Apple Cake.  At other times we spend longer, enjoying the model village and the peaceful gardens. Well it should be peaceful but we have been known to get over exuberant when we have tried to play with the croquet set on the lawn!

There is something magical as you approach Corfe..  The ruins of Corfe Castle tower over the attractive village.  The castle was destroyed in The English Civil War. If you want to see what it looked like in 1646 before it was blown up you must visit  the Corfe Castle Model Village and Tea Rooms.

Where: The Square, Corfe Castle, Dorset, BH20 5EZ    Tel: 01929 481234
closed in winter check website for opening times  
Admission: There is an admission fee for the Model Village; under 3 free, 
Facilities: cafe, toilet, shop
Website: www.corfecastlemodelvillage.co.uk


corfe model village castle 3The model village was created in the 1950s as the brainchild of  Mr Holland who wanted to build a 1/20th scale of Corfe Castle.

The detail is incredible, with models of animals and people giving a life like dimension to the village.



corfe model village castle 2

In one corner of the garden you can see two life size models of soldiers in sentry boxes. One is dressed as  Royalist Cavalier, the other as one of Oliver Cromwell’s Roundhead soldiers.

We had a shock as the models started to have a conversation!  They give a commentary on how the castle was destroyed after the Roundheads managed to trick their way into the castle.

Nearby are large models of a pillory and of stocks – just the right size to put the grandchildren in if they are being naughty!


corfe model village toysWhen you have finished wandering around the model village, spend time in the gardens and wild life area.  There are plenty of places to sit while the grandchildren play on the giant draught board or on the hopscotch paving stones.

Papa Joe spent time in the potting shed.  He was not gardening but looking at some artifacts as the potting shed doubles as a mini museum.


As you leave the model village and garden you pass through The Courtyard Tea Rooms.  We have always enjoyed their freshly prepared food.  As far as possible all the food is sourced locally.  Order at the counter and then your food will be brought to you.  We like the warm Dorset Apple Cake with cream but everything here is tasty

corfe model village tea

Getting There The Square, Corfe Castle, Dorset, BH20 5EZ   
  very limited street parking for one hour. The nearest level car park is in West Street, – BH20 5EB 
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