Guide to Purbeck Attractions

What to see and do in and around Purbeck in Dorset

Visiting or on holiday in Purbeck? There's plenty of fantastic local attractions to discover - whether you are here for a weekend or a few weeks!

Don’t miss visiting the absolutely stunning natural geology of the Jurassic Coast, the beautiful natural beaches and coves around Purbeck. If you love nature and wildlife make sure to visit the Purbeck Heaths, the  first super national nature reserve in the country and home to all six native reptiles in the UK! It also recently featured in BBC’s Springwatch!

Soak up the traditional seaside entertainments and attractions in the charming seaside town of Swanage. Or if you love history make sure to visit Wareham, which has the best preserved Saxon walls in the country. Not forgetting of course the village of Corfe, home to the iconic Corfe Castle.

Take a tour around Purbeck’s pretty villages, where you will be sure to find some amazing views of the Dorset countryside or a fantastic country pub to enjoy a leisurely lunch!

There’s also plenty of castles, museums, local cinema and theatre as well as activity parks for children,  to keep everyone amused and entertained!

Nature and Wildlife

Discover the rich nature and wildlife attractions of Purbeck in Dorset.

Jurassic Coast and Beaches

Discover our guide to the Jurassic Coast & Purbeck beaches.

Heritage and History

Discover our guide to historical attractions in and round Purbeck.

Family Friendly Attractions

Discover our guide to Family Friendly Attractions in and around Purbeck.

Experiences, Sports and Adventure

Discover our guide to Experiences and Adventure around Purbeck

Entertainment and Arts

Discover our guide to Entertainment and Arts in and around Purbeck

Love history? There's plenty to visit around Purbeck

With two castles nearby – Lulworth and Corfe  – there’s plenty of historical attractions a short drive from Wareham! On a completely smaller scale but no less interesting is the home of T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) at Cloud’s Hill.  Plus don’t miss a visit to The Tank Museum – the worlds biggest collection of Tanks. Or for a different aspect of war visit the atmospheric Tyneham ‘ghost village’.

Clouds Hill

Wareham
The rural retreat of T. E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia.

Corfe Museum

Corfe
One of the smallest Museums in England!

Priory Church of Lady St Mary

A lovely, atmospheric church with some interesting historic artifacts

St Aldhelm’s Chapel

Worth Matravers
1300 years of Christian devotion at this site

St Edward the Martyr Church

Corfe
Visit Corfe Castle’s historic Church

St Martin on the Walls

Wareham
The most complete example of a Saxon church in Dorset!

Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre

Swanage
Take a trip back in time to Swanage’s past.

The Purbeck Stone Museum

Langton Matravers
A Tiny Hidden Gem!

The Tank Museum

The world’s best collection of tanks

Tyneham ‘ghost’ Village and Worbarrow Bay

Wareham
Where time stopped in 1943

Wareham Town Museum

Wareham
Interesting local museum

Wareham Walls

The earthworks that surround Wareham are one of the best examples of Saxon Walls in the country!
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For fun ways to explore Purbeck or a more hands-on experience...

There’s lots of fun ways to explore Purbeck from a steam train to led cycle trails, boat hire or a Safari trip in the Purbeck hills. Or for the more adventurous there’s snorkelling on the Jurassic Coast at Kimmeridge or a Stone Carving Course at Burngate.

Burngate Stone Carving Centre

Swanage
Stone carving, sculpture & art and craft courses

Careys Secret Garden

Wareham
‘Visit 3.5 acres of beautiful gardens enclosed by a 150 year old wall!’

Cyclexperience

Corfe
Quality bicycle hire in the beautiful Isle of Purbeck

Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre

Kimmeridge
An interactive marine centre situated at Kimmeridge Bay on the Jurassic Coast

Isle of Purbeck Golf Club

Studland
Everyone Welcome. Delicious Food. Outstanding Views. Good Value

Purbeck Safari

Corfe
Experience the beauty, magic and wildlife of Purbeck

Sustran Cycle Rides in Purbeck

Corfe
Active Travel Charity in Purbeck

Swanage Railway

Corfe
A fun way to enjoy a family day out on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

Wareham Boat Hire

Wareham
Motor Boats, Kayaks, Canoes and more
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Catch a movie or enjoy a local theatrical or music production...

Catch a movie at Wareham’s independent cinema. Or check out what’s on at the theatre and cinema at Swanage seafront. Plus there’s a good selection of local theatrical and music events throughout the year…

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Or enjoy lunch, refreshments or afternoon tea...

For a more chill day why not include lunch or afternoon tea at these beautiful gardens and landscapes or enjoy a full day retreat with panoramic sea views at Studland…

Careys Secret Garden

Wareham
‘Visit 3.5 acres of beautiful gardens enclosed by a 150 year old wall!’

Durlston Country Park and Castle

Swanage
Stunning Landscapes and Amazing Wildlife

Holme for Gardens

Wareham
Holme for Gardens

Isle of Purbeck Golf Club

Studland
Everyone Welcome. Delicious Food. Outstanding Views. Good Value

The Blue Pool

Wareham
Idyllic nature venue with beautiful scenery and tearoom
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