The Lost Village of Tyneham
Tyneham was an idyllic countryside village, leading a simple life, with no electricity and only one building having running water (the Laundry Cottages - see below). It had it’s own school, church and post office, several farms, many cottages and a mansion called Tyneham House, home to the Squire.

Then in 1943 the Army required the area for D-Day training so they
evacuated the occupants of the Tyneham Valley, including Tyneham Village, but promised to return their homes when the war ended. However at the end of the war the government decided to keep the land for a firing rangle and the villagers never returned to their homes (as the Squire owned the properties, the villagers were only given the value of the produce in their gardens as compensation).

Although still within a military area the public can now visit the village at certain times, mostly on weekends. Much of the village is in ruins, but the church and the school have been fully restored (1994). There are several excellent information boards in the buildings with photographs and stories about the village.

Part of the delight of visiting Tyneham is the wonderful wild and remote countryside with superb walks across the surrounding countryside. The secluded pebble beach at Worbarrow Bay is a 1 mile walk from the village.

All year
Most weekends and daily at certain periods of the year. See the Dorset For You
website for details. The gates to the walks are open at 9am on Saturday and remain open until 8am on Monday morning when only open at the weekends. The gate to Tyneham is locked each night at dusk.
Free, except a for a small donation for car parking.
Tyneham Village BH20 5DE
Purbeck Tourist Information Tel: 01929 552740 (The village is managed by the Ministry of Defence).
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St Mary's Church
Village school
The Rectory
The Laundry Cottages pre-war
From the A35 to take A351 towards Swanage. After Wareham follow signs to Kimmeridge and then Tyneham. The nearest train station is 6miles away at Wool (on the London Waterloo to Weymouth line), but there is no transport linking the station with Tyneham. Streetmap


 Tyneham Village
 Tyneham Village
The village is partially accessible for wheelchairs
Disabled toilets are near the Old Farm 400yds from the car park
Parking on site