Wareham and Swanage are filled with local landmarks, sandy beaches, museums, restaurants, shops, and more. Some of the top outdoor sights in Wareham include the Durdle Door and Kimmeridge Bay beaches, along with the Stoborough Heath National Nature Reserve. Several museums are located within the area, including the Wareham Town Museum, the Tank Museum, Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum, and The Collection. Monkey World and Lulworth Estate are other great choices where one could easily enjoy an entire day’s worth of activities. We’ve compiled this handy list of the best spots in Wareham for anyone that is thinking of visiting soon.
Monkey World is a spacious, 65-acre ape rescue center that aims to stop the black-market trade of primates. The center provides guided tours and hosts special events like weddings and birthday parties or can be visited on a family’s day out. Playgrounds and learning opportunities are readily available for guests and you’ll find seasonal cafes, a large indoor themed café, an outdoor café that is known for ice cream, pastries, sandwiches, and sausage rolls, and kiosks within the picnic area. Families can also take advantage of special family entry prices (2 adults, 2 children), or tickets can be purchased individually.
The Estate is known as one of the most beautiful places in the world. It consists of Lulworth Cove, the natural limestone arch Durdle Door, Lulworth Castle, holiday homes, and hosts the Bestival Festival in the summer. There are days’ worth of activities to be enjoyed on these grounds, including beach activities, hiking, shopping, and more.
The natural limestone arch Durdle Door attracts half a million visitors a year. This dog-welcoming beach is surrounded by cliffs and caves, hosts crystal-clear turquoise waters, and is one of the most photographed locations in the world.
The bay is part of the Jurrasic Coast Heritage Site with a natural limestone ledge that makes it a great spot for rock pooling, water-based activities, and easily accessible marine life. There isn’t much tide or current, so the spot is great for relaxed diving, surfing, and windsurfing as well.
Wareham Town Museum
Located in the heart of Wareham, the Town Museum tells the story of Wareham’s cultural heritage dating back to prehistoric times. Visitors will find artifacts, documents, and images on display. It is open from 10 am to 4 pm, Monday through Saturday.
The museum is known for displaying its six large halls that display 300 vehicles that have been used as far back as World War One, up to the present day. Visitors can hear first-hand accounts from soldiers and view the best selection of tanks in the world. The museum also holds special events such as Tiger Day 13 and Tankfest.
Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum
The ball clay mining industry is the main focus of this museum, which is housed in one of the last underground mine buildings located in Purbeck. It also features limestone, other clays, chalk, aggregates, and oil.
This museum an informational must-visit stop for anyone who is interested in fossils and paleontology. There are some interactive displays for children, but this venue is best suited for older visitors.
Stoborough Heath Natural Nature Reserve
The reserve is a great spot for bird watchers or insect lovers, as its woods are inhabited by dartford warblers, skylarks, and nightjars. The most common insect sighting would be the wartbiter cricket.