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The Isle of Purbeck !

Beautiful villages in a stunning landscape !

Wareham is an ideal base for exploring the many and varied attractions of Purbeck. From lovely villages like historic Corfe Castle and the pretty seaside town of Swanage, to attractions like Durdle Door, Harry Rocks, the Arne nature reserve and Lulworth Cove. 

Purbeck is a district in Dorset on the South Coast of England, also known as the ‘Isle of Purbeck’. Although not an island in geographical terms Purbeck is bordered on three sides by sea, and on the remaining side, the North, by the River Frome plus the low lying land around the harbour that has remained down the centuries boggy and difficult to cross in winter. 

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Here are some of the wonderful villages in Purbeck to be visited, followed by some of the top attractions:

A visit to Purbeck wouldn’t be complete without visiting Corfe and its famous castle.

Church Knowle is a sleepy village, home of the popular Margaret Green Animal Sanctuary.

Kimmeridge is a small village probably best known for the nearby coastline which forms part of the Jurassic Coast.

A popular little village in Purbeck with some fantastic views looking towards Corfe Castle.

A pretty, rural village with many good footpaths to explore the Purbeck countryside.

Lulworth has some of the most famous landmarks in Dorset: Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and West Lulworth.

A little rural village located the other side of the South Causeway, about half a mile from Wareham.

A small village, about 2 miles north of Swanage, which has some of the most beautiful beaches in Purbeck nearby.

Swanage has everything you need from award winning beaches to a country park and castle and a steam railway!

A very picturesque Purbeck village of limestone cottages centred around a village green with duckpond.

Some of the unmissable Purbeck attractions!

Lulworth Cove
Lulworth Cove is on the Jurassic Coast, one of the world's finest examples of such a landform, and is a World Heritage Site.
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Shell Bay
One of Studland’s fantastic beaches that stretch from here to the boundary of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site at Old Harry Rocks.
Durdle Door
One of the most photographed landmarks on the Jurassic Coast, Durdle Door is a natural limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast.
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Harry Rocks
Old Harry Rocks are a pair of chalk stacks on the Jurassic Coast with amazing views of surrounding areas of Poole and Bournemouth.
Kimmeridge Bay
This bay features some of the most important geology anywhere, and is one of the best rock pooling and snorkelling sites in Dorset.
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Brownsea Island
Brownsea Island, which is in Poole Harbour, has a wealth of flora and fauna, and affords spectacular views. It is open to the public.
Tyneham
Tyneham was evacuated during the Second World War and is now open to the public to wander around.
Arne Nature Reserve
Arne is next to Poole Harbour and has a wealth of wildlife in a beautiful setting; in fact it is a nature reserve controlled by the RSPB.
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