Welcome to Wareham
Railway Station

Monday - Friday 06:10 - 18:30
Saturday 07:15 - 13:50
Sunday 10:00 - 14:00
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Wareham is a market town full of history including the great fire of 1762. The town has Signposted riverside and countryside walks, a fantastic variety of pubs, cafes and restaurants. There are Lots of places to stay the night and a wonderful selection of individual and unique shops. Boat trips and, kayak hire and picnic areas at the quay.

Wareham is located between the Rivers Frome and Piddle, and is built on a site that was occupied as far back as the Iron Age, with pottery and coins giving evidence of Roman activity.

The word Wareham is of Saxon origin and means ‘homestead by the weir’. During Saxon times, the town became established as an important cross-Channel port and the River Frome and what is now The Quay, would have been a very busy place. Ships used to arrive here from the continent and unloaded their cargoes for distribution throughout the area – the trade being mostly salt and potters’ clay.

Wareham Town Walls were built to defend the town from Viking attacks. They surround the heart of the town on three sides (the fourth side being defended by the River Frome) and are the best preserved Saxon town defences in England.

After the prosperous times of Saxon England, the Middle Ages were a period of slow but inevitable decline as the river silted up and trade transferred to the new port of Poole.

Places of interest in and around Wareham

Arne
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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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