Burley probably derives from the Saxon "bury" which usually denoted an Iron Age hill fort (i.e. Castle Hill). Between 1680 and 1786 the Bailiwick of Burley was ruled by the Dukes of Bolton. The devouring Bisterne Dragon is said to have had a lair on Burley Beacon. The village has strong smuggling associations.
Further information on attractions to discover in the area and other interesting villages to visit is available. For information on public services for Burley please take a look at the Ringwood local pages.