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27 February 2018

The tiny ghost village of Tyneham was requisitioned along with the surrounding Purbeck hills for army training just before Christmas in 1943. Villagers were assured that their homes would be returned to them after the war, but under pressure from the War Office these promises were broken and the village remains under MoD control to this day. 

The site, close to Lulworth, is now open to the public and offers a fascinating glimpse into the past. Many buildings have suffered significant damage from training exercises and shelling, although the church and school house remain intact and have been preserved as museums. 

Tyneham Church

The village also offers lovely walks to simpe beautiful unspoilt coastline - look out for the footpath to reach Worbarrow Bay.

Tyneham is open most weekends and on other dates too, but this does vary so please check the latest opening times here.

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