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"... This is the best pub we have visted in many a year and would highly recommend this pub to anybody visting Wareham. Well done to all."
Rose Lyons, Bournemouth,
Date visited: 18/04/2008

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Wareham is a fascinating and picturesque market town which dates back over 2000 years. The town was once a stronghold for King Alfred the Great, who built huge earthen walls around three sides of the town to defend it against the Vikings. The remains of these can still be seen today and a walk around them will transport you back to Saxon times. The Saxon church of St Martins (the oldest in Dorset) houses early medieval wall paintings and an effigy of Laurence of Arabia, which was originally intended for Westminster Abbey.

The Purbeck Information and Heritage Centre is a mine of information, and just across the road is the small but fascinating Wareham museum. The Rex Cinema is also worth a visit as it is the only gas-lit cinema in the country.

On Thursdays, the town buzzes with the Market, which dates back over 500 years. It is also the oldest auction based market in the country and features an absorbing fruit and produce auction, the only one in England. There is also an excellent farmer's market on the fourth Thursday in every month.

Monkey World (
the world famous ape rescue centre

Corfe Castle
Thousand-year-old castle rising above the Isle of Purbeck, open all year.

Swanage Steam Railway (
Dorset's premier standard gauge preserved steam railway

Wareham Forest
A large area of open heathland and pine woodland, with the much loved Sika Trail running through it. Not only can you spot the secretive Sika Deer but also the solitary Roe Deer.

Studland Beach and Nature Reserve
Glorious sandy beaches stretching for 3 miles