Local Attractions & Places of Interest

All of the following attractions are only a short drive, bus or train journey away.

• Swanage

The beach is one of the main attractions of the town with thousands flocking to Swanage every summer to relax on the sand. The waters are clean, and the beach has won many European Blue Flag Awards, as well as the Encams Quality Coast Award. Swanage beach has a well earned reputation for being a good place to soak up the sun and play in the sand and sea. Deck chairs are available for hire, as are pedaloes, kayaks and sun beds. Swanage beach runs the length of the town and is backed by a promenade lined with amusements and attractions. Near to the Lifeboat House is the Wellington Clock Tower which once stood on London Bridge. On a clear day it is possible to see all the way over to the Isle of Wight.

Swanage beach is home to many water sports. The town has a long association with scuba diving, and the first shop to sell scuba diving equipment in the UK is still open on Swanage Pier. Diving training programmes and excursions run regularly from Swanage, the shallow bay and clear waters offer excellent training grounds for this sport. Other water sports include sailing, water-skiing and wind surfing.
Swanage beach is found on the South West Coast Path. It is not at all uncommon for people to set out from the chain ferry that links Studland Bay to Poole and walk over the cliffs and past Old Harry Rocks to Swanage beach. From here buses run back towards Poole.

• Bournemouth

Bournemouth offers everything from golden beaches, iconic attractions and award winning retaurants.

• Poole & Brownsea Island

Visit the largest natural harbour in Europe and explore the shops that Poole has to offer. Brownsea Island is a nature reserve owned by the National Trust which can be reached by ferry.

• Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door

Explore the horseshoe shaped harbour of Lulworth Cove which has been recognized as an area of outstanding beauty. A short walk along the coast brings you to Durdle Door, a natural limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast.

• Corfe Castle

Built by the Normans, destroyed during the civil war, Corfe Castle stands as the gateway between the Purbeck Hills. Walk around the ruins and take in the fantastic views.

• Monkey World & Bovington Tank Museum

Visit the fantastic internationally-acclaimed ape rescue centre, set in 65 acres of beautiful Dorset woodland, is home to over 230 primates - including the largest group of chimps outside Africa. Combining fun with conservation , half-hourly talks explain all about man's closest living relative. See the stars of TV's ''Monkey Life', then 'monkey around' in the south's largest play area.

Bovington Tank Museum - with almost 300 vehicles on exhibition from 26 countries it is the most wide-ranging collection of tanks and armoured vehicles in the world.

• Old Harry & Wife

The Old Harry Rocks are two chalk sea stacks located at Handfast Point, on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, southern England.

Enjoy a nostalgic steam-trainride on the Purbeck line. Steam trains run most weekends throughout the year, with daily running Apr to Oct, Christmas week and Easter week. Many special events are held during the year, including train-driving lessons, see our brochure for details. The line operates from Norden (Park and Ride) 6 miles south to Swanage. The line goes through the historic village of Corfe Castle offering magnificent views ofthe historic castle ruins.

DISCOUNTS: Swanage Railway offer a discounted Railway and Corfe Castle Model Village ticket - available from Swanage or Norden Stations. Present your Swanage Railway ticket at Corfe Castle ticket office for a discount off the entrance price. Discounted Railway and Boat Trip tickets are available from Dorset Cruises and Blue Line Cruises - both departing from Poole Quay.

• Studland Bay

Studland - Forming the southern half of the entrance to Poole Harbour, it is an area of grass covered dunes, heath and scrub. At the harbour entrance is the small - aptly named - Shell Bay with about 1km of sandy beach. The shore-line continues southwards to the main beach - a broad stretch of sand some 3km in length, forming the western shore of Studland Bay. The southernmost end of the bay is marked by chalk cliffs leading to Handfast Point and Old Harry Rock (a chalk sea-stack) from where there is a gentle ascent onto Ballard Down.

Both beaches draw large numbers of visitors in the summer months, Bournemouth and Poole being just a few miles away, but retain their appeal right into the depths of winter. The views presented here were taken out-of-season, during the months February-May and show just a few of the many reasons why this area is so popular all-year-round.

Other local attractions/towns include:
• Lulworth Castle
• Dorchester
• Tyneham Deserted Village
• Athelhampton house

Visit our contact page to view a map of Wareham and navigate the local area to discover the location of the above attractions.

Discover Wareham

Wareham is a small unspoilt market town enclosed by two rivers the Piddle & the Frome and surrounded by a Saxon built wall.
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Local Attractions

Seaside destinations Swanage and Bournemouth are only a short drive away and provide ideal day breaks for the family.
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