Explore the Purbecks

The Isle of Purbeck is a peninsula located in South Dorset. It is renowned for its unspoilt beaches, incredible scenery and probably best known for its Jurrasic Coast.
There are so many beautiful places to explore and enjoy, either at the coast or inland you can visit Forests and Heathlands, all having their own unique wildlife and habitats.
To find out more visit the Discover Purbeck Tourist Information Centre Facebook page.
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Holton Heath Station

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Wareham Station

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Wool Station

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Moreton Station

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Dorchester South Station

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Norden Station

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Corfe Castle Station

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Harmans Cross Station

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Herston Halt Station

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Swanage Station

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Places of interest in and around Dorchester

Dorchester Covered Market

Founded in 1860 the Dorchester indoor and outdoor market is still a great place to visit. Open every Wednesday until one o’clock it’s host to a range of sellers and is directly opposite the Dorchester South Station. On Sunday’s the market is home to a large car boot and tabletop sale.

Dorset Museum

With permanent exhibitions as well as exciting temporary exhibitions Dorset Museum is home to over four million items covering two hundred and fifty million years of history.

Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum

Covering over two hundred years of justice and injustice the Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum is host to permanent exhibitions as well as talks, events and temporary exhibitions.

Dinosaur Museum

Why not visit the Dinosuar Museum in Jurassic Coast country? With innovative displays the museum is a must see for anyone interested in dinosaurs!

The Keep Military Museum

Housed in the gatehouse once used as the Dorsetshire Regiment Depot Barracks the museum is a fascinating insight into the local military history of the area.

Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum

Retelling the events which lead to the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ arrest, trial and punishment, as well as the way events informed modern day trade unionism, the museum is informative and engaging.

Teddy Bear Museum

With antique bears as well as contemporary, television favourites, Dorchester Teddy Bear Museum is home to over 100 bears including the ‘Bear Family’.

Tutankhamun Museum

Howard Carter’s excavation and discoveries at the tomb of Tutankhamun have been recreated in immersive and painstaking detail at the Tutankhamun Museum.

Max Gate

Designed by Thomas Hardy the Victorian house is rich in literary and historic detail. A National Trust property it’s possible to visit the house and gardens throughout the year.

Maiden Castle

One of Europe’s largest and most complex Iron Age hillforts Maiden Castle is a fantastic must see.

Places of interest in and around Moreton

The Frampton Arms

Award-winning wine and food at The Frampton Arms Pub, Dorchester. Discover The Frampton Arms and come and Dine, Drink & Dream with us.

Sculpture by the Lakes

Described as one of the most beautiful sculpture parks in the UK, Sculpture by the Lakes is a haven of peace and tranquility.

Mill House Cider Museum

Take a tour around the displays and equipment at the Mill House Cider Museum and learn how this traditional drink was made and the importance of cider as a drink over the years.

The Dovecote Café

Set in the Walled Garden, a beautiful five-acre landscaped formal garden, the Dovecote café is open 7 days a week all year round serving breakfasts, brunch, lunch, tea and coffee and cakes.

Places of interest in and around Wool

Monkey World

Monkey World, the chimpanzee rescue centre, based in Dorset, UK is not a zoo, but a primate rescue centre. Home to hundreds of monkeys, chimpanzees & lemurs

The Tank Museum

At The Tank Museum we bring the history of tanks and tank crew to life… Supported by the world’s best collection of tanks & action packed live displays.

Places of interest in and around Wareham

Wareham Forset

Walk or cycle through heathland and forest next to Morden Bog National Nature Reserve – one of the largest valley mire habitats in England.

The Sika Trail at Wareham Forest

Cycling is a fantastic way to explore Wareham Forest and soak up the beautiful scenery on our family-friendly routes guarantee an which enjoyable day out for everyone!

Holme for Gardens

The Gardens at Holme are a Royal Horticultural Society Partner Garden. The award recognises that Holme is now one of the premier gardens in the South of England situated near Wareham.

Places of interest in and around Holton Heath

Farmer Palmer's Farm Park

Farmer Palmers is designed for young children, the perfect place to explore! Explore Farmer Palmer’s fantastic activities for you and your family to enjoy! There’s always something to do!

Places of interest in and around Norden & Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle

The National Trust’s Corfe Castle, Dorset, is one of Britain’s most iconic survivors of the English Civil War. A thousand-year-old royal castle shaped by warfare.

Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum

The Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum is dedicated to the history of Purbeck Ball Clay mining, the industrial heritage of Purbeck and the Purbeck narrow gauge railways.


Arne is situated on Poole Harbour, within the Dorset Area of Natural Beauty, and is a stunning landscape consisting of dramatic open heathland and ancient oak woodland.

Places of interest in and around Harmans Cross, Herston Halt & Swanage

Durlston Country Park

Situated in the south-east corner of the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, a mile south of Swanage, lies Durlston Country Park 320 acres of very special countryside.

Putlake Adventure Farm

A family orientated farm, with tractor rides, outdoor play equipment and a variety of animals. Our giant, indoor soft play area is probably one of the best in Dorset.