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Sherborne Abbey

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 Forde Abbey and Gardens to your Itinerary

    Forde Abbey and Gardens

    Type

    Historic House/Palace

    CHARD

    Enjoy England Excellence Silver Award Winner 2008 and South West Tourism Small Attraction of the Year 2006 & 2007.

    Now privately owned, Forde Abbey was founded by the Cistercians in 1140 and became one of the richest and most learned monasteries in the country. The church was demolished in the...

  2. Add Farmer Palmer's Farm Park  to your Itinerary

    Farmer Palmer's Farm Park

    Type

    Farm

    Organford, POOLE

    Farmer Palmer's is where young adventurers (eight years and under) can frankly ‘let their hair down’ without older children around to stifle their enjoyment!

    Different animal activities every half hour, means you can mix these with the many dedicated and natural play areas where the children can...

  3. Add Abbotsbury Swannery to your Itinerary

    Abbotsbury Swannery

    Type

    Animal Collection

    Abbotsbury

    The 600-year-old swannery is a natural history paradise. Home to the only managed colony of free-flying mute swans in the world that visitors can walk among. During the nesting and hatching period (end May-end June), it is possible to be standing next to hatching eggs. On average, over 100 nests...

  4. Add Splashdown Poole to your Itinerary

    Splashdown Poole

    Type

    Theme Park

    POOLE

    Splashdown is an all action water park with some of the UK's best water flumes. Spin in the Spacebowl and tumble through twisting tubes of Mississippi Drifter for family tyre fun. Little ones not forgotten as they play around in the Little Buccaneers' Splashzone interactive water play and our...

  5. 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...

  6. Add Swanage Railway to your Itinerary

    Swanage Railway

    Type

    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...

  7. 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...

  8. Add Lulworth Castle & Park to your Itinerary

    Lulworth Castle & Park

    Type

    Castle/Fort

    EAST LULWORTH, Wareham

    Walk in the footsteps of Kings and Queens as you enjoy wide open spaces, historic buildings and stunning landscapes. Built as a Hunting Lodge in 1608, this Castle has been owned by the same family for over 400 years. Inside the Castle is a wealth of fascinating history, follow their fortunes, fate...

  9. Add The Ark to your Itinerary

    The Ark

    Type

    Adventure Park/Playground

    Poole

    Whatever the weather The Ark is open and offers guaranteed fun for the whole family. There's a fantastic play-frame with three levels of soft play, tunnels, slides and interactive zones including a dedicated toddler area.

    All year round ice-rink and a scrumdiddlyumptious cafe, terrace and...

  10. 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...