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Fossil hunting along the Jurassic Coast

Fossil hunting along the Jurassic Coast

Charmouth

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 Mangerton Mill to your Itinerary

    Mangerton Mill

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    Water Mill

    BRIDPORT

    17th Century working water mill and Museum of Rural Bygones, set in peaceful rural valley on the river Manger. Trout fishing and riverside walk. Tea room, light lunches, cream teas, homemade fare and local crafts. Open from 16 April 2014 - end of October 2014

  2. Add Terracotta Warriors Museum to your Itinerary

    Terracotta Warriors Museum

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    Museum

    DORCHESTER

    The only museum outside China exclusively dedicated to the amazing Terracotta Warriors. Unique museum replicas of the warriors, reconstructions of costumes and armour and multimedia presentations.

  3. Add Beaulieu National Motor Museum to your Itinerary

    Beaulieu National Motor Museum

    Type

    Heritage/Visitor Centre

    Near Brockenhurst

    At the heart of the New Forest, Beaulieu is a multi-award winning family day out with something for everyone.

    With free on-site parking, one great value family ticket grants access to four stunning attractions:

    The National Motor Museum
    With over 250 vehicles in its world famous collection,...

  4. 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...

  5. Add Margaret Green Animal Rescue to your Itinerary

    Margaret Green Animal Rescue

    Type

    Animal Collection

    Church Knowle, WAREHAM

    Our Church Knowle Animal Sanctuary and Visitor Centre is free to visit between 10am and 4pm. Come and meet the animals at our site set in some of Dorset’s most beautiful scenery. Why not bring a picnic, spend a few hours and enjoy seeing for yourself the first-class care our rescue animals receive...

  6. Add Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve to your Itinerary

    Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve

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    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    Swanage

    Durlston Country Park, National Nature Reserve and Castle, situated 1 mile from Swanage in Dorset, is a fabulous 280 acre countryside paradise, consisting of sea-cliffs, coastal limestone downland, haymeadows, hedgerows and woodland. With stunning views, walking trails, the historic Great Globe,...

  7. Add Palmers Brewery to your Itinerary

    Palmers Brewery

    Type

    Brewery

    BRIDPORT

    Palmers Brewery is situated in Bridport, a charming market town nestling in the hills on the outstanding Jurassic Coast. The tour will take you through historic brewery buildings and will cover all aspects of the brewing process as well as the production of Palmers famous "Golden Cap" whisky....

  8. Add The Teddy Bear Museum to your Itinerary

    The Teddy Bear Museum

    Type

    Museum

    DORCHESTER

    .Visit this unique family museum with its evocative and atmospheric displays of teddy bears from throughout the last century. From the earliest teddy bears right up until today’s TV favourites they are all there to be seen and enjoyed. The museums oldest bear is called Michael as was made in 1906...

  9. 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...

  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....