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The Isle of Purbeck​

Purbeck is dominated by the Jurassic Coastline, the chalk ridge known as the Purbeck Hills and bordered by Poole Harbour, one of the largest natural harbours in the world. There are plenty of places to stay or visit  including the popular seaside town of Swanage, the pretty historic town of Wareham or Corfe with its iconic Corfe Castle!

Although not an island in geographical terms Purbeck is bordered on three sides by sea and on the remaining side by the River Frome, giving Purbeck its peninsula character.

For anyone visiting Purbeck we have a great guide to exploring Purbeck’s towns and villages. Plus lots of great ideas for places to visit, tourist activities and What’s On in  and around Purbeck. Perfect for planning your holiday to Purbeck!

We also have a selection of places to stay from quirky, independent hotels, to cosy bed and breakfasts or scenic, rural campsites.

And to make your holiday or visit to Purbeck complete we also have our popular guide to the many fantastic places to eat, in and around Purbeck, as well as a guide to our local shops including a fantastic range of good quality, independent retailers.

Corfe Castle in Purbeck
Enjoy a boat trip on the beautiful River Frome from Wareham Quay
High cliffs of Old Harry Rocks

What's on in Purbeck?

Explore the amazing variety of events & festivals in and around the Isle of Purbeck this Spring  

Love it Local Events

SEPTEMBER 7th

AN EVENING WITH CHRIS PACKHAM
& MARTIN SIMPSON

Concert & fundraiser for Birds of Poole Harbour

SUMMER 2025

FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL

Showcasing the best locally produced food and drink in Purbeck and the South Dorset area

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Purbeck's Attractions

Entertainment and Arts
A visitor guide to the entertainment and arts attractions in Purbeck, Dorset
Experiences, Sports and Adventure
A visitor guide to the entertainment and arts attractions in Purbeck, Dorset
Family Friendly Attractions
A visitor guide to family friendly attractions in Purbeck
Heritage and History
A visitor guide to the heritage and historical attractions in Purbeck
Jurassic Coast and Beaches
A visitor guide to the Jurassic Coast and local beaches of Purbeck in Dorset
Nature and Wildlife
A guide to nature and wildlife attractions in and around Purbeck in Dorset

There’s a great variety of attractions for visitors and holiday-makers in Purbeck. From stunning cliffside views and beaches to grand, historic castles, as well as fascinating museums to family fun adventures, you’ll find no shortage of things to do around Purbeck.

Nature and Wildlife 

Purbeck is one of the most biodiverse areas in the UK, which is reflected in the variety of local wildlife reserves in the area, such as RSPB Arne, Durlston Country Park and The Blue Pool.

Given that RSPB Arne features the largest natural harbour in the world, it’s no surprise that it’s absolutely teeming with wildlife – including a range of insects, birds, reptiles & mammels.

The staggering landscapes and cliffs of Durlston Country Park are a sight to behold, forming part of the famous Jurrasic Coast. If you love sealife, Durlston Country Park is worth a visit, giving you the opportunity to spot dolphins alongside other marine wildlife.

Part of the almost 400 year old Furzebrook Estate, The Blue Pool is a magical place to visit, with its beautiful glistening blue waters – it’s no surprise that its one of the most popular local attractions in Purbeck.

Heritage and History

Given that Purbeck has been inhabited since the Stone Age, it’s unsurprising that there are so many historic places to visit. From museums including Dinosour bones from the Cretaceous period, to Castles with rich and diverse histories, it’s difficult to find yourself uninterested by the history of this area.

Discover the iconic Corfe Castle, built shortly after the Norman Conquest in the 11th Century. Once home to royalty & nobility, it now stands in majestic ruins after the English Civil War resulted in its destruction by the Parliamentarians.

Visit the over 4 century old Lulworth Castle, once the family home of the Weld Family – the current owners of the Lulworth Estate. Ravaged by a fire that caused tremendous damage to the building in 1929, it has since been partially restored by English Heritage and the Lulworth Estate.  The castle was built in the 17th century as a hunting lodge to entertain Aristocracy & Royality.

Latest Articles

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Wareham Carnival
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Famous Sea Rex of Purbeck
Campaign to rescue the body of the famous Pliosaur of Purbeck
Swanage Railway Roads to Rail Steam Rally returns to Purbeck this June
Swanage Railway's popular annual event the 'Roads to Rail' Steam Rally takes place on the 28th - 30th June in Dorset
Exciting hope for the future of Ospreys in Dorset
Another successful breeding year for local Ospreys

Purbeck Towns and Villages

Purbeck has a great variety of beautiful towns and villages to explore. From pretty rural seaside villages & towns to the spectacular landscapes of the Jurassic Coast, there is certainly no shortage of places to visit in this truly astonishing area.

Swanage offers a traditional English seaside town experience with its stunning coastal views, Victorian Pier, and lovely gift and souvenir shops. For a more rural, natural seaside part of the famous Jurassic Coast, visit the breathtaking Studland Beach.

Wareham is an fascinating historic market town, located on the banks of the river frome. Being one of the best preserved Saxon walled towns in the UK, it’s not a surprise that so many visit the town each year.

Purbeck’s smaller villages are also well worth exploring. The most famous is Corfe with its iconic Norman castle ruins towering over the pretty Purbeck stone village below and the heritage Swanage Railway steam trains chugging by.

Kimmeridge, and Lulworth are great places to enjoy and explore the amazing Jurassic Coastline. Or explore the inland countryside with a visit to the hill village of Kingston which has the most amazing views of Corfe and Purbeck below.
If you love history don’t miss a visit to Langton Matravers with its links to the Purbeck quarrying industry as well as the use of radar in the second world war.

A visit to Dorset would not be complete without visiting the picturesque village of Corfe! Find out more at Visit Purbeck Dorset.
Welcome to Swanage, a traditional, family friendly seaside resort in Purbeck.
Welcome to Wareham, one of the most beautiful, and ancient, riverside towns in the country. Find out more at Visit Purbeck Dorset.

Purbeck Businesses

Do you fancy a trip down to the shop? Or do you fancy a meal out, or a place to stay on your holiday? 
Find out more at our Food & Drink, Accommodation & Shopping pages.

Food & Drink

Discover Purbeck's wide variety of businesses that offer Food & Drink including:

Cafès, Restaurants & Pubs.

Accommodation

Find out more about Purbeck's diverse range of businesses that offer Accommodation including:

B&Bs, Campsites, Holiday Cottages, Hotels & Lodges.

Shopping

Discover Purbeck's wide variety of businesses that offer a variety of products including:

Cards, Groceries, Pet Supplies, Clothes, Health & Beauty Products.