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Top Things to do in Wareham

Whether you’re in Wareham for a day or a long weekend, or you live in Dorset and are looking to explore what’s on your doorstep, you simply must make the most of this fantastic area of the Jurassic Coast during your trip.

To make sure you make the most of your visit, we’ve compiled some of our favourite activities. You can thank us later… 

Kingston Country Courtyard Wareham

Stop for Lunch at Kingston Country Courtyard

Feeling peckish from all that walking? Stop off for Sunday Lunch at Kingston Country Courtyard, which is located conveniently between Corfe Castle and Swanage. You’ll struggle to find a roast that will compare (plus it’s available every day of the week) and their menu is full of locally sourced meat, fish, and dairy - simply splendid! 

Address: Kingston Country Courtyard, Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5LR

Telephone: 01929 481066


Explore Tyneham

The ‘Ghost Village’ at Tyneham is a fantastic spot to explore during your visit to Wareham. The British Military purchased the land for training purposes during World War II and the village and its buildings have stood empty ever since. If you are up for a walk, you can also head to the nearby Worbarrow Bay or hike up into the hills, boasting stunning panoramic views along the way. 

Monkey World Wareham

Learn about Primates at Monkey World

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre offers a fun-filled day out for the whole family. The 65 acre park provides a sanctuary for endangered monkeys from around the world. Daily talks and pre-bookable guided tours offer the chance to learn more about the primates living at the park, or you can choose to support the rescue work by adopting a monkey during your visit. 

Address: Tout Hill, Longthorns, Wareham BH20 6HH

Telephone: 01929 462537

Durdle Door

Visit Durdle Door

Talking of beautiful spots, Durdle Door is one of the most well-known beauty spots in the area, and for very good reason. Make sure you leave yourself enough time to walk along to this iconic landmark, which has been featured in many films and music videos in its time. 

The Blue Pool

Take a Trip to The Blue Pool

Don’t miss out on a visit to The Blue Pool, an incredible nature reserve and Site of Scientific Interest. With family-friendly trails, a tearoom, an ice cream parlour, a plant centre, and plenty of spots for quiet reflection, The Blue Pool has something for everyone and is definitely worth exploring for those beautiful blue waters. 

Tank Museum Wareham

Head back in time at the Tank Museum

Just a short drive away from Bovington Camp, The Tank Museum is a fantastic collection of armoured fighting vehicles. Bringing history to life, visitors young and old are able to come face to face with impressive vehicles from across history as well as fascinating exhibitions with trails, interactive games, and quizzes that are sure to capture the attention of visiting children. 

Wareham River Cruise

Enjoy a River Cruise

Why not take to the river and explore Wareham by water? The Orcas boat promises a relaxing cruise along the River Frome, departing from Wareham Quay. 

Wareham Forest

Head to Wareham Forest

Wareham Forest is a great place to explore the Dorset countryside. Walk or cycle through forest and heathland with miles of mud-free paths. 


Walk the Wareham Walls

Up for a walk? The Wareham Town Walls walk is just over a mile long and gets you up close and personal with the walls, built in the Saxon era, to defend the town from an attack by the Vikings. It’s a great way to explore the area, with a great vantage point (and not too far for little legs). 

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