About Wareham

Wareham straddles the divide between the Isle of Purbeck and the rest of Dorset.

Occupying a strategic site between the River Piddle to the North and the River Frome to the South. Wareham has a long and storied past. The great earth walls which were built as a defence against the Vikings are still standing, making Wareham one of only two Saxon walled towns in the country.

Today it is a thriving market town where the past and the present co-exist happily. There are shops, pubs and restaurants and there are churches, St Mary's was largely rebuilt in the 19th century whilst St Martins still retains Saxon and Norman features. A notable monument in St Martins is the effigy of T.E.Lawrence. The Priory, now an hotel, was founded by the Carthusians in 1414. There is a museum and a cinema which in itself is of historic interest.

Throughout the year there is a market on Saturday on the Quay and a regular Farmers Market at the Corn Exchange.

Wareham Town Museum is located in the Town Hall and holds many interesting artefacts about the history of the town and surrounding area.

In July Wareham has a carnival with all the usual that would be expected. Firework displays, a parade and music down by the quay. Money is raised for deserving causes and a family day out is enjoyed.

The main tourist office is located on South Street in the Library and is a good starting point for information about the town.

Visitors can make their way down to the quay where they can have a drink, feed the ducks or take a boat out on the river. There are many footpaths, the easiest being down by the river, where a great variety of wildlife can be observed (in the last couple of years sightings of otters has confirmed their return to the river).