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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 Swanage Railway to your Itinerary

    Swanage Railway

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    Railway

    SWANAGE

    The Swanage Railway is a heritage railway running through six miles of beautiful Purbeck countryside from Norden Park & Ride to Corfe Castle and Swanage.

    The Railway is open every weekend of the year, plus during the week from the end of March to the beginning of November. Santa Specials run...

  2. 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...

  3. Add Terracotta Warriors Museum to your Itinerary

    Terracotta Warriors Museum

    Type

    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.

  4. Add Leslie Gibbons A.T.D The Owl Pottery Craft Workshop to your Itinerary

    Leslie Gibbons A.T.D The Owl Pottery Craft Workshop

    Type

    Gallery

    SWANAGE

    Workshop and shop housed in a Listed building of special architectural and historic interest producing highly decorated, handmade and hand-painted earthenware pottery. Thrown and moulded pieces made specialising in individual dishes with pictorial motifs and intricate designs in majolica and slip....

  5. Add Sandworld - Weymouth Sand Sculpture Festival to your Itinerary

    Sandworld - Weymouth Sand Sculpture Festival

    Type

    Arts Centre

    Weymouth

    The surprise 2013 “Best of Dorset” Award Winning all weather Visitor Attraction for all the family. Come and see some of the best sand sculptures in the world, right here in Weymouth, created by artists from around the world for your enjoyment. The Sandworld theme for 2014 is “Literally Sand” and...

  6. Add Lemur Landings to your Itinerary

    Lemur Landings

    Type

    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...

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

    Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve

    Type

    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,...

  8. 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...

  9. Add The Blue Pool to your Itinerary

    The Blue Pool

    Type

    Natural Feature

    Furzebrook, WAREHAM

    A unique attraction in the Isle of Purbeck.
    A chance to escape the outside world and enjoy walks around a magical Pool famous for its ever changing colours. Sandy Paths lead up steps to views of the Purbeck Hills or down steps to the waters edge. Giftshop, Museum and Plant Centre. The Teahouse...

  10. Add Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park to your Itinerary

    Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park

    Type

    Garden

    DORCHESTER

    Kingston Maurward Gardens are set deep in Hardy's Dorset and are listed on the English Heritage register of gardens. The gardens include grand floral displays, stone terraces, topiary, a lake and temple. The Animal Park is a firm favourite with children and home to an interesting collection of...