Isle of Purbeck Holiday Cottages
Did you know...Dinosaur footprints are often discovered on Purbeck?
The Isle of Purbeck is the perfect location for peaceful Dorset holidays, and a Purbeck holiday cottage places guests close to a beautiful coastline which is part of the first World Heritage Site in England. The sandy beaches of Swanage and Studland are not only great for fossil hunting in the winter but are ideal for family beach holidays on Purbeck in the warmer months. The striking Corfe Castle between the Purbeck Hills is a fascinating sight that shouldn’t be missed. The Isle of Purbeck is also a haven for walkers and cyclists with the South West Coast Path framed by spectacular scenery.
- Enid Blyton based Noddy’s Toytown on Swanage
- Purbeck stone is used in many famous cathedrals and buildings
- Scenes for the film ‘Nanny Mcphee’ were shot at Durdle Door
Isle of Purbeck Tourist Information
Take advantage of a stay on the Jurassic Coast and explore the area’s 185 million years of history – you may even find a real dinosaur fossil! Purbeck stone was quarried extensively during the medieval period and literally helped build Britain. It is still found in many significant buildings, including Westminster Abbey. The Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum offers a greater insight into the history of Purbeck’s stone.
Corfe Castle lies between the Purbeck Hills and was designed to protect Dorset from attacks from the sea. Most of the dramatic castle was demolished during a siege in 1646, although much of its missing stone can be found in the buildings of Corfe village! Look out for the castle’s resident ravens during your visit to the castle on Purebeck holidays between February and May. The rare birdlife also includes Peregrine Falcons, so bird spotters should bring their binoculars along!
Isle of Purbeck Family Attractions
The historic steam railway continues to enthral passengers of all ages during the holidays on Purbeck! Why not take the railway from Swanage to the stunning Corfe Castle, the same journey was enjoyed by Enid Blyton during her Isle of Purbeck holidays. The Purbeck area is popular with walkers, and the many quarried sites along the cliffs are now perfect for discovering rare wildlife and flowers during walks and strolls. Whether you wish to pass picturesque villages, the famous coast or nature reserves – the Isle of Purbeck has the trail for you!
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Beach Holidays on the Isle of Purbeck
Studland Bay offers those on beach holidays on Purbeck a four-mile long sandy beach set on a dazzling coastline. Studland Bay is popular for watersports and offers views of the Isle of Wight. Visitors should note that this bay includes a busy naturist’s beach.
Central beach in Swanage is a delightful stretch of sandy beach which backs on to the town’s pretty gardens. With easy access, shops, toilets, good surf and a seasonal dog ban – Central Beach is perfect for family days by the sea during Purbeck holidays. Lulworth Cove is heaven for geology enthusiasts, as the cove itself dates back 10,000 years and forms part of the Natural World Heritage Coastline. Why not use the motor boat service to reach nearby Durdle Door, which offers unbeatable views of the cove?
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