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Heritage and History

If you love history then there’s lots to explore in and around Purbeck. First on the list must be the iconic ruins of Corfe Castle in Purbeck and the 17th century castle at Lulworth.

There’s plenty of ancient historic Saxon and Norman churches in Purbeck to discover. Fascinating museums, detailing Purbeck’s history from Dinosaur fossils on the Jurassic Coast to Purbeck geological history and local quarrying industries. Or for Purbeck’s important military connections check out the Tyneham ghost village, abandoned in World War Two, the home of T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) at the nearby Clouds Hill or you can visit world’s best collection of tanks at The Tank Museum.

St Martin on the Walls in Wareham

St Martin on the Walls

Wareham Walls

St Aldhelm’s Chapel, Worth Matravers, Purbeck

St Aldhelm’s Chapel

Corfe Museum in Purbeck

Corfe Museum

St Edward the Martyr Church interior photo, Corfe, Purbeck, Dorset

St Edward the Martyr Church

Purbeck Mining Museum, Langton Matravers, Dorset

The Purbeck Stone Museum

Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre


Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum

Swanage Pier, Purbeck, Dorset

Swanage Pier

Wareham Town Musuem on East Street

Wareham Town Museum


Join the friendly artisan volunteers at Corfe Castle to make traditional medieval-style tiles in their traditional 15th century tile workshop!

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