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Heritage and History

Our guide to what the amazing heritage and historical attractions in Pubeck

If you love history then there’s lots to explore in and around Purbeck.

First on the list of historical attractions in Purbeck must be the iconic ruins of Corfe Castle in Purbeck, one of the most visited sites in the area!

If you love castles done miss the lovely the 17th century castle at Lulworth,  which also almost became a ruin after a tragic fire!

Visit the National Trust's Corfe Castle in Purbeck, Dorset
Corfe Castle

Wareham Walls

The earthworks that surround Wareham are one of the best examples of Saxon Walls in the country!

Studland Bay and Beach

Stunning natural beaches and heathland

St Aldhelm’s Chapel

Worth Matravers
1300 years of Christian devotion at this site

Corfe Museum

One of the smallest Museums in England!

Isle of Purbeck Golf Club

Everyone Welcome. Delicious Food. Areading Views. Good Value

Wareham Quay River Cruises

Enjoy a trip down the River Frome

St Edward the Martyr Church

Visit Corfe Castle’s historic Church

Purbeck Heaths National Nature Reserve

The UK’s First Super National Nature Reserve!

The Purbeck Stone Museum

Langton Matravers
A Tiny Hidden Gem!


Quality bicycle hire in the beautiful Isle of Purbeck

Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre

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

Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum

Discover the history and heritage of Purbeck Ball Clay mining

From ancient Saxon to modern military history

Purbeck has an amazing history to discover…

Did you know that Wareham has some of the best preserved ancient saxon defensive walls in the country. Find out more about the walls at Visit Wareham website. 

There’s plenty of ancient historic Saxon and Norman churches in Purbeck to discover. Don’t miss the the St Martin’s on the Walls in Wareham, at over 1000 years old it is the most complete example of a Saxon Church in Dorset. It is also the home of a famous effigy of TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia).

To find out more about Lawrence of Arabia in Dorset you can visit T. E Lawrence’s home at the nearby Clouds Hill.

If you are interested in military history make sure not to miss the world’s best collection of tanks at The Tank Museum at Bovington.  or take a trip to Langton Matraver’s local museum (near Swanage) to discover their important links to the history of radar in the second world war.

The Saxon Church of St Martins in Wareham
The ancient Saxon church of Wareham

Wareham Walls

The earthworks that surround Wareham are one of the best examples of Saxon Walls in the country!

The Tank Museum

Nearby Attractions
The world’s best collection of tanks

Amazing geology of Purbeck and its links to the local quarrying industries

Fossil at the Etches Musuem of Marine Fossils Kimmeridge Jurassic Coast Purbeck
Discover the amazing fossils at the Etches Collection

There’s also some fascinating museums to visit, detailing Purbeck’s ancient history from marine dinosaur fossils from the Jurassic Coast at the Etches Museum to Purbeck geological history and local quarrying industries at the Purbeck Stone Musuem and Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum

Local town musuems

There are also some lovely local town musuems at Wareham Town Musuem and Swange Musuem and Heritage Centre where you can discover the fascinating history of the area.

The Purbeck Mining & Mineral Musuem

Historical interest events in Purbeck

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