Less than 15 minutes’ drive away is the Tank Museum in Covington which showcases the world’s best collection of tanks and live displays bringing to life the history of tanks and its crew. The exhibitions tell the story of armoured warfare from World War I right up to the present day. The museum is open daily.
With records of the building dating back to the late 7th century, this special Grade II listed building has history, quirk and charm in every inglenook and corner.
You could spend your whole visit exploring the building’s fascinating history and the four acres of English cottage garden; many do, making another visit to take in the exceptional location a necessity.
Set on the banks of the River Frome, The Priory Hotel is a haven of comfort and luxury. Ancient fireplaces, wood panelled rooms – traditional charm with contemporary luxury, the best of both worlds. End the day under centuries old beams, wake up refreshed to views of the Purbeck Hills or the ebb and flow of the river.
Once a monastery, The Priory is still a haven for peace and tranquillity – but with much better food and spectacularly comfortable beds.
View The Priory at Wareham’s entry in the Good Hotel Guide
Re-opening in February, subject to government approval
Need to Know
Check-in at 2.00pm.
Check-out at 11.00am.
Also Worth Knowing
Children over 14 accepted (adult rates apply).
Guests arriving by boat
Moorings are available for guests arriving by boat.
4 acres of gardens, terrace, dining room, wedding receptions, conference facilities, 1 meeting room for up to 18 delegates, Wi-Fi internet access throughout the hotel.
At hotel-Traditional board games, reading books and croquet. Nearby-The Priory Hotel lies in the southeast corner of the ancient market town and port of Wareham, and it is ideally placed for exploring Thomas Hardy’s Wessex, ‘The Isle of Purbeck’. Five minutes away are historic Corfe Castle (ruins) and the village of Corfe, beyond which is the seaside town of Swanage. The National Trust’s nature reserves and beaches of Studland are nearby, and the surround countryside provides numerous opportunities for walking, cycling, horse-riding, and golfing.
Lunch and dinner in the hotel’s Garden restaurant is truly a dining experience to savour, elegantly presented classic cuisine with a new subtle modern feel. The interior has vaulted green oak timbers surrounded by glass which open allowing guests to enjoy the views of the garden, river Frome and adjoining countryside. Alfresco lunches on fine days on the terrace under the dapple shade of umbrellas are also still to be enjoyed alongside the restaurant.
Pre-dinner drinks and home-made canapés can be enjoyed in the Cloisters Bar or Drawing Room.
Restaurant dress code
A preference for gentlemen to wear a jacket and tie for dinner. However, ‘smart’, casual clothing is quite acceptable, particularly at lunch-time during the summer months.
- Lunch: 12.30-1.45pm, daily
- Dinner: 7.00-9.30pm, daily
Max Capacity: 36
Cost per night: £8200
Min cost per person: £228
18 double bedrooms on a dinner bed and breakfast basis, exclusive use of the hotel, from 12 noon on day of arrival to 11am the following day.
From £220 per room per night
What the Experts Say
“The location is superb and guests sip champagne on a sun-soaked lawn during the afternoon.”
Wareham is on the A351 to the west of Bournemouth and Poole; the hotel is on the River Frome at the southern end of the town, just off the quay.
Bournemouth International Airport (1/2 hour away)
Southampton International Airport (1 hour away)
Attractions Near The Priory Hotel
The Jurassic Coast covers 95 miles of stunning coastline from East Devon to Dorset and is one of England’s first natural World Heritage Sites. Walking along the coastline and its trail means you are literally walking through time and seeing over 250 million years of the Earth’s history within its sheer cliffs and eroded rocks formations. Guided walks do take place or you can enjoy at your own leisure following the acorn symbols as you make your way along the path.
Open every day, except Christmas, and a mere 10 mins drive from the hotel, Monkey World is an educational day out for the whole family and a great way to learn about the protection of primates from the wild. The centre offers personal guided tours as well as events throughout the year.
Make a day of it visiting Corfe and Studland. Just 10 minutes from the hotel the small village of Corfe offers a unique range of independent shops pubs and restaurants, museums and the Castle. A further 10 minutes from Corfe is the glorious Studland natural coastline in Purbeck where you can take advantage of the water sports available or just enjoy the four-mile stretch of golden beach, taking in the views of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight.
Weddings at The Priory Hotel
The Priory Hotel is a quintessential country-house hotel in a idyllic location on the riverbank, with a personal service offering the best of English hospitality where nothing’s too much trouble, and attention to detail is paramount. Our hotel boasts four acres of beautifully tended cottage-style gardens, the most wonderful backdrop for your special day.
Need to know
Facilities & Features
Weddings at The Priory are tailor-made around your individual requirements. and allow you to choose from a range of our finishing touches including wonderful styling, musical accompaniment and a fairy-tale arrival by boat.
Cellar Restaurant – max. 42 guests
Features of this room include beamed ceilings and a grand medieval feel
Marquee / Marquee Lawn – 43+ guests
The marquee opens out on to the stunning lawns and riverbank
Garden Room Restaurant – max 24 guests
This room contains an intimate atmosphere with beautiful views of the hotel gardens
Moorings are available for guests arriving by boat, from Poole Harbour.
Luxury Boathouse four-poster mini suite, with vaulted beamed ceiling available for ‘honeymoon-night’, as per the hotel’s room tariff.
Please call The Priory Hotel for more information.
Our bespoke wedding packages incorporate all the classic, traditional qualities of the perfect English wedding with our magnificent venue and location. All facilities and services are co-ordinated by our restaurant manager personally. Tailor-made weddings are around £45 (per head).
The Priory Hotel is not licensed for civil ceremonies. However, the adjoining Church of Lady St Mary can perform ceremonies and blessings by separate arrangements.
Planning services are not available.
Meetings at The Priory Hotel
Day delegate rate: from £50
24-hour delegate rate: from £190
Max number of delegates:
24 (boardroom style)
30 (theatre style)