About Wareham

The town of 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, Wareham is a thriving market town where the past and the present co-exist happily.

Wareham boasts a number of quaint restaurants, cafes, and pubs. There are also several independent shops, as well as recognisable High Street names. Wareham also has a number of interesting 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. 

Wareham Town Museum (located in the Town Hall) holds many interesting artefacts and information about the history of the town and surrounding area. Wareham also has a cinema, the Rex, which in itself is of historic interest. 

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

Throughout the year there is a Saturday market on The Quay, which offers a range of local crafts, goods and produce, as well as a popular fruit and veg stall.

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 to take for those wanting a stroll, 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).

We hope you enjoy your visit to Wareham!