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