Wareham is a perfect little market town on the banks of the River Frome. With everything you would expect from a traditional market town, a holiday here offers a real escape. With such historical charming features as the older streets laid out in a Roman grid pattern and the fact that the town is protected by original Saxon earth wall defences, Wareham is steeped in wonderful history and affords the most beautiful setting.
Meander through the town, browsing through the independent shops or the weekly market, take a stroll along the river or through the rolling green countryside. Shop at the farmers market for some yummy food to take back to your cottage. After supper, relax in the garden or by an open fire or head to the old fashioned cinema dating back to the 1920’s and sip wine while you watch a film.
Wareham is the perfect choice for those wishing to enjoy traditional cream teas in the charming little tea rooms, long country walks, riverside ambles and wonderful market life. Venture just a 15 minute drive to the coast and you will find beautiful coves, sandy beaches, picturesque working harbours and the best coastline in the country.
Things to do in and around Wareham
One of our absolute favourite days out, just on the outskirts of Wareham, is a visit to Monkey World. Read our blog for details of a recent Dream Cottages visit.
The Tank Museum
The Tank Museum is definitely worth a visit if you are staying in one of our wonderful Wareham holiday cottages. They feature lots of fantastic exhibitions, as well as their signature ‘Tank Story’ which shows the life of tanks from 1915 to present day. Once you have browsed through the different tank exhibitions, enjoy some lunch at the restaurant and café, or even take a picnic and eat al fresco in one of the outside play areas. There is also an indoor soft play area so kids can play while you enjoy coffee in peace!
Row down the River Frome
Why not hire a rowing boat and spend the day on the river Frome. They have several boat hire companies from which you can hire a motor boat, kayak, canoe, rowing boat or paddle board. The sights along the River Frome are so beautiful, this is a delightful way to spend the afternoon if you are staying in a self-catering Wareham holiday cottage.
Corfe Castle is just an 8 minute drive away from Wareham. Even if you don’t visit the castle, this absolute delight of a chocolate box village is definitely worth a visit. There are some fantastic pubs in Corfe for top quality pub lunches, with the added delight of the steam train chugging in to Corfe station from Swanage in the background. Corfe Castle stands majestically on the hill above this pretty village. Back in the day, the castle guarded the main route through the Purbeck Hills; the gap between the area where Purbeck marble was quarried and the rest of England. The castle is now managed by the National Trust and for a small fee, you can explore the castle ruins and learn the fascinating history that the castle holds dear. Tales of murder and war going back 10 centuries. All this to the backdrop of the most beautiful Dorset landscape.
Lulworth Cove and The Durdle Door
The Durdle Door is the iconic Dorset landmark, of a natural limestone arch in the sea, alongside another natural wonder; Lulworth Cove. Possibly the prettiest picnic spot in the country, if you are staying in one of our wonderful Wareham cottages, these fantastic landmarks are practically on your doorstep. Either enjoy from land, or perhaps swim or kayak through the arch itself.