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Fossil hunting along the Jurassic Coast

Fossil hunting along the Jurassic Coast

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Don't Miss Dorset

If you’re hoping to cram as much into you visit to Dorset here are a few ideas that are just too good to miss!

Cerne Abbas Giant 
High on a hill over the pretty village of Cerne Abbas is a 180ft high male figure carved out of chalk believed to be an ancient symbol of fertility. It's got to be seen to be believed!

Weymouth
An elegant Georgian seafront, a safe sandy beach and exciting year round events makes Weymouth a top British seaside resort. Weymouth is the only other Olympic venue during the London 2012 Games so if you don't fancy heading to London - come to Dorset for all of the sailing events for 2012.

Corfe Castle
Visit the dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle, Dorset's iconic medieval monument - perfect for adventurers of any age! Wander around the historic village and take a steam train to the beach at Swanage.

Jurassic Coast
Take a walk through time along this dramatic coastline and enjoy stunning natural features, exceptional views, 185 million years of history and a World Heritage coastline packed full of fossils!

Monkey World
Visit the world famous ape rescue centre home to over 230 rescued and endangered apes and monkeys. See up close Orangutans, Monkeys and Chimpanzees and children can make up feeders of treats to give to the primates!

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door 
The two geological features on the Jurassic Coast is the perfect horse-shoe shaped Lulworth Cove and the beautiful arch of Durdle Door. A must see for any visitor to Dorset.

Sherborne Abbey
Travel to Sherborne to see the elegant 15th Century Sherborne Abbey which boasts a beautiful stone, fan vaulted ceiling and the heaviest ring of eight bells in the world! Afterwards, enjoy an afternoon in Sherborne and stroll around the town.

Christchurch's Highcliffe Castle and Priory Church
Dorset is packed full with history and heritage and you can visit some of the best historical attractions at Christchurch. See the romantic seaside Highcliffe Castle built in the 1830's or visit Priory Church in Christchurch dating back to 1094.

Gold Hill
Gold Hill in Shaftesbury is a picture postcard of Dorset and quintessentially English. Make your way to the top of the hill and you'll see stunning views of the surrounding Dorset countryside. Made famous by Hovis for a much loved advert.

Wimborne
Explore quaint streets and hidden courtyards in Wimborne. There are a variety of small shops and lively weekly markets as well as the medieval church, Wimborne Minster.

Lyme Regis
Lyme Regis is a narrow maze of streets and shops winding their way down to the harbour with its famous Cobb and breath-taking views of the surrounding Jurassic coastline.

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  1. Add Lemur Landings to your Itinerary

    Lemur Landings

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    Adventure Park/Playground

    POOLE

    Boasting a huge multi-level playframe, multi-slide, bridges, tunnels, ball cannons, climbing wall and dedicated areas for under 5's, Lemur Landings is one of the biggest soft play centres in Dorset. The play area is suitable for children under 12 (5'2" / 158cm and under). Parents can relax with a...

  2. Add The Rex Cinema to your Itinerary

    The Rex Cinema

    Type

    Cinema

    WAREHAM

    Cinema and special event evenings (Matinees during school holidays). Stairlift to auditorium. Fantastic interior dating from 1920 and own Bar. Also a venue for Purbeck Film Festival.

  3. Add Badger Watch Dorset to your Itinerary

    Badger Watch Dorset

    Type

    Animal Collection

    Dorchester

    From our hides, thrill at the sight of badgers emerging from their setts and foraging for food. The area is floodlit for perfect vision and visits from other wildlife such as owls, foxes, rabbits and bats add to the spectacle.

    We are pleased to announce that during the last 5 years we have...

  4. Add Palmers Brewery to your Itinerary

    Palmers Brewery

    Type

    Brewery

    BRIDPORT

    Palmers Brewery is situated in the hills on the outstanding Jurassic Coast. Brewery tours take you through the historic brewery buildings giving an insight into the brewing process. Visitors between the ages of 13-17 years old must "be accompanied by an adult. Unfortunately the tours are not...

  5. Add Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre to your Itinerary

    Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre

    Type

    Heritage/Visitor Centre

    SWANAGE

    The Museum and Heritage Centre is situated in the Old Market Building (built in the 1890's) on Swanage seafront on the site of the former 'Bankers' where the local quarried stone was stored before shipment. The Centre contains information on the history, geology and geography of the town and...

  6. Add Corfe Castle to your Itinerary

    Corfe Castle

    Type

    Castle/Fort

    CORFE CASTLE

    A favourite haunt for adults and children alike, you can't fail to be captivated by these romantic castle ruins with breathtaking views across Purbeck.

    Discover 1000 years of the castle's history as a royal palace and fortress. With fallen walls and secret places, there are tales of treachery...

  7. Add Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre to your Itinerary

    Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre

    Type

    Animal Collection

    Wool, WAREHAM

    Monkey World, the internationally-acclaimed ape rescue centre, is home to over 250 rescued and endangered monkeys and apes. Combining fun with conservation , half-hourly talks explain all about man’s closest living relative. See the stars of TV’s ‘‘Monkey Life’, then ‘monkey around’ in the south’s...

  8. Add Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum to your Itinerary

    Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum

    Type

    Museum

    DORCHESTER

    Story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs depicted on colourful hanging banners and 4 touch-screen computers. The story is told through the main characters in 4 chapters; 'Before the Arrest', 'The Oath and Betrayal', 'Transportation' and 'The Homecoming'. The interactive touch-screens feature around 4 hours...

  9. Add Athelhampton House and Gardens to your Itinerary

    Athelhampton House and Gardens

    Type

    Historic House/Palace

    DORCHESTER

    Athelhampton is one of the finest 15thC manor-houses and is surrounded by one of the great architectural gardens of England. The house contains many finely furnished rooms including The Great Hall, Great Chamber, wine cellar. The Gallery in the west wing exhibits works by the Russian artist Marevna...

  10. Add Studland Beach and Nature Reserve to your Itinerary

    Studland Beach and Nature Reserve

    Type

    Beach

    Studland

    Fine sandy beaches stretch continuously for 4 miles from South Haven Point to the chalk cliffs of Handfast Point and Old Harry Rocks and include Shell Bay. A designated section of naturist beach is at Knoll beach. The heathland behind the beach is a National Nature Reserve with many rare birds....