We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
An Amazing Site of Great Significance to WW2 History

I lived in the Dorset area for more than 40 years and spent many hours in the Purbeck area... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Cheshire, United Kingdom
Interesting Find

We came across these observation bunkers while walking to Old Harrys Rocks. Not really a 'Fort' but... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Deal, United Kingdom
Read all 29 reviews
All photos (40)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good41%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
| Middle Beach car park, Studland Bay, Swanage BH19 3AX, England
Reviews (29)
Filter reviews
28 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews information boards world war concrete bunker middle beach great walk stunning views national trust old harry rocks churchill ww2 eisenhower history dragon maritime pig sea
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 28 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I lived in the Dorset area for more than 40 years and spent many hours in the Purbeck area, travelling from the Sandbanks ferry along the beautiful road to Swanage, Corfe Castle and the Purbecks and beyond. It was only a chance viewing of a...More

Thank Peter-Cornwall-1951
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came across these observation bunkers while walking to Old Harrys Rocks. Not really a 'Fort' but part of the WW2 coastal defence initiative. Sadly now falling into disrepair, but still interesting to come across when not expected. There are information plaques telling their story....More

Thank TheDealBeans
Reviewed 29 September 2018

Really interesting hands on experience. Stand where the King, Churchill, Mountbatten, Montgomery and Eisenhower store to watch practice for the D Day landings

Thank John W
Reviewed 26 April 2018

Well worth a visit. Wartime historical site. Information boards and historical buildings. Stunning views. Lovely beach. Parked in Middle Beach carpark.

Thank SuffolkMayfly
Reviewed 26 January 2018

Nice walk along the beach and onto Old Harry Rock. Good stop to take in the fantastic views across Studland Bay.

Thank davedonaldson
Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

Living in Bournemouth for many years I didn’t know Fort Henry existed shamefully! Great walk up from middle beach and great views of the bay. Not much to see as forts go but great info boards!

Thank Sjc997
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

Definitely worth a visit when in the area. Quite a few information boards that tell you about the history and the buildings.

Thank treasure_ir3land
Reviewed 3 October 2017

A concrete observation buker says it all. There are Pill Boxes and anti-tank Dragons teeth vloseby which are of more interest.

Thank Pete W
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

Just a short walk from middle beach at studland, very interesting part of war history. We were able to walk inside the fort.

Thank Gillian C
Reviewed 29 August 2017

Not much to actually see, however the 2nd world war placements are well maintained and have good information boards.

Thank uk_explorerLondon
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 2 nearby hotels
The Pig on the Beach
1 314 reviews
.21 km away
Knoll House Hotel
553 reviews
.85 km away
The Pines Hotel
507 reviews
2.72 km away
Grand Hotel Swanage
1 062 reviews
2.95 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 9 nearby restaurants
The Pig on the beach
984 reviews
.21 km away
Middle Beach Cafe
114 reviews
.19 km away
Joe's Cafe
186 reviews
.33 km away
Old Harry Bar
24 reviews
.58 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 10 nearby attractions
Studland Stables
293 reviews
.50 km away
Studland beach and Nature Reserve
1 149 reviews
.51 km away
55 reviews
.22 km away
Studland to Swanage Trail
50 reviews
.22 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
13 November 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Middlemiss | Reviewed this property |
No but you can look round most of the fortification.