Dorset; The Ilse of Purbeck

Every family has that one holiday destination that they visit almost annually and has fond memories from childhood. In fact, any other holiday destination is often compared to the one place we visit again and again.

If you haven’t guessed already, Dorset is our home from home, the one place we have returned to many times over, and the place we’ll continue to visit as we grow.

As we’ve visited so many times and been to more than one destination, I’ve broken this article up by place, and I’ve tried to keep my ramblings to a minimum.

Corfe Castle Village

Can you guess what makes this village famous? The Castle itself was built by William the Conqueror so it’s a great place for history lovers.

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Apparently, it’s also the home of The smallest town hall in England. Just in case you wanted to know.

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Besides the church in the town square, Corfe Castle village has a couple of hotels, pubs, shops, tea rooms (with model village) and if course the Castle itself.

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The adventurous can walk one of the many trails in the surrounding area for some great views. Check out the National Trust website for more info.

Or for a small fee you can also ride the steam train to Swanage and nearby areas which is well worth it.

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For a full list of stops the train makes click here.

Swanage

Ah, Swanage. Who doesn’t love a good old seaside town? Well if you think this coastal town is a place to snooze away summer days, getting a tan on the beach then you’re right. But that doesn’t mean that’s all there is.

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Swanage has plenty of events year round that get the whole community involved. The anual Swanage Regatta and Carnival Week is very popular among locals and tourists alike, as well as RNLI Lifeboat Week. For a full list of upcoming events, you can check the website.

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The wonderful thing about Swanage, is that even when there aren’t any events taking place, there’s still plenty of fun to be had. Besides the earlier mentioned railway, there are also boutique shops, seafood restaurants, Ice cream parlors and amusements a plenty.

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You can catch the Punch and Judy puppet show on the seafront, or perhaps take a leisurely stroll up the pier.

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There are also a number of boat tours operating out of Swanage, each offering something different so take your pick. We really enjoyed the tour to Durlston Head to see the Castle and the Globe. Great for those that want to see a little more of the Jurassic Coast.

Wareham

Another little gem in the Isle of Purbeck is the historic market town of Wareham.

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The Rex Cinema is so small it only has one screen. So if you don’t like what’s on, you’ll have to come back another time. Sorry!

You can also hire a boat and explore the river or treat yourself to a Ploughman’s Lunch. There are plenty of boutique shops nearby, and makes for a nice day out.

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I could go on forever about the wonderful places to visit in Dorset, but after promising to keep my ramblings to a minimum, I’ll leave you with a short list of my other favourite places in Dorset.

Langton Matravers
Kingston Matravers
Dorchester
Lulworth Cove
Durdle Door
Old Harry Rocks
Weymouth
Poole
Portland

For a full list of all the wonderful places on the Jurassic Coast, click here.

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