This historic market town is an ideal location to use as a base for exploring the Isle of Purbeck. Once a strategic stronghold in the medieval times and today it’s pretty waterfront and the surrounding Saxon walls make this town well worth a visit. From the quay is the starting point for The Purbeck Way, a scenic walk across the Stoborough and Creech Heaths which finishes at Corfe Castle. The Forest Way is another lovely walking route through woodland with hilltop views out to Poole. You can also catch a ferry ride from the quay down the river to Poole & Brownsea Island.
The Monkey World rescue centre is a great family day out with interesting talks throughout the day on the chimps and monkeys, a gift shop and adoption centre is also on site. The ruins of Corfe Castle are not to be missed and just nearby is the Corfe Model Village featuring a recreated 17th century layout of the area and an acre of gardens with outdoor games and bird hides.
Lulworth Castle is open to the public and has an impressive tower to explore, extensive grounds and woodland walks. Local historical points of interest include the Wareham Town Museum, the Tank Museum and the Purbeck Mineral & Mining Museum. Also worth a visit is Clouds Hill, the former home of T.E Lawrence and the ghost village of Tyneham.