It had long been a dream of mine to visit the castle that inspired one of my favourite series of all time. Enid Blyton's Famous Five Adventures are often based around an enchanting castle by the name of Kirrin Castle, on Kirrin Island, just out in the bay near Kirrin Cottage (see the trend here??). Corfe Castle is owned by the National Trust and is located in Wareham, Dorset. I also stopped in for afternoon tea looking over the ruins from the Corfe Castle Tea Room.
How to Visit Corfe Castle
Trains run from Bournemouth to Wareham in under half an hour, for which you can buy train tickets at any UK railway station, or you can purchase them online from Trainline in advance (they're often more expensive last minute). At Wareham station, take the 40 bus to Corfe Castle. Entrance to the castle costs £9.50 per adult without a National Trust Membership.