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Opening Times

If you are interested in visiting the deserted village of Tyneham, here is some helpful information to help you plan your visit:


Opening Hours

As Tyneham is within the boundaries of a Ministry of Defence live firing range, it is important to take note of the dates when visitors are restricted from visiting.

Tyneham village, together with the Lulworth Range Walks will be open to the public every day within the following inclusive school holiday dates:

Christmas Holidays

December 19th 2015 – January 4th 2016
December 19th 2015 – January 4th 2016

Easter Holidays

March 25th 2016 – April 3rd 2016
May Bank Holiday Weekend
April 30th 2016 – May 2nd 2016

Spring Half Term

May 28th 2016 – June 5th 2016

Summer Holidays

July 20th 2016 – September 5th 2016

Christmas Holidays

December 19th 2016 – January 8th 2017

Outside these dates, Tyneham will be open for visiting every weekend, except the following dates:

November 14th and 15th 2015
January 16th and 17th 2016
February 13th and 14th 2016
March 12th and 14th 2016
October 8th and 9th 2016
November 19th and 20th 2016
December 10th and 11th 2016


If there is no firing taking place, vehicular access is permitted through the Elmes Grove gate. This will be opened at 9am and locked at dusk.

During periods of weekend only opening, gates will be unlocked on Saturday mornings at 9am and locked again on Monday morning at 8am.

The exhibitions in the church, school and farm will remain open from 10am until 4pm.


Check out this Map for specific locations:

For more information about opening times, call 01929 404819 for a recorded message about the latest access, or write to Range Control at DTE Lulworth, Wareham, BH20 5QF.

Entrance Cost

It is free to visit Tyneham, the range walks and Worbarrow Bay.

Parking Facilities

Parking is available close to Tyneham free of charge, however a voluntary donation of £2 to contribute towards conservation projects would be appreciated.

Eating and Drinking

There are no cafe facilities in Tyneham and please note that there is no available source of drinking water. You are permitted to bring your own picnic.

Toilet Facilities

Toilet facilities including those for the disabled are found at the farm.


Well-controlled dogs are welcome.