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Fossil hunting along the Jurassic Coast

Fossil hunting along the Jurassic Coast


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!

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.

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 Artsreach to your Itinerary



    Arts Centre


    Artsreach is Dorset’s rural touring arts organisation. Our overall aim is to enrich the quality of life of people living in rural Dorset by providing both outlets for, and access to, professional performing, visual and participatory arts in community venues. To enable us to do this they receive...

  2. Add Convent Walk to your Itinerary

    Convent Walk


    Free Days Out

    Christchurch, CHRISTCHURCH

    The Convent Walk was built around 1911 to commemorate the coronation of King George V and is a tranquil walk that follows the course of the Mill Stream, as it runs parallel to the Avon, from Town Bridge to Place Mill on Christchurch Quay.

  3. Add The Lyric Theatre to your Itinerary

    The Lyric Theatre




    Having moved in to the building in September 2010, we’re running it as an artist-led space for all types of artists to visit, create and showcase their work.

    We also have our own Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company based in the building. Our productions are made here and there is a puppet...

  4. Add Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre to your Itinerary

    Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre


    Heritage/Visitor Centre


    Set up to encourage safe and sustainable collecting of Jurassic fossils from local beaches, the centre offers hands-on displays, interactive computers and information about fossils and fossil hunting. Throughout the year the centre runs guided fossil hunting walks as well as countryside and marine...

  5. Add Bournemouth Aviation Museum to your Itinerary

    Bournemouth Aviation Museum



    Hurn, Christchurch

    A NEW open-air aviation museum with classic aircraft and interesting cockpits in a natural setting either side of its own mini “runway”, right next to Adventure Wonderland, Bournemouth Airport

    With pre and post World War trainers, two jet fighters, the prototype of a small, sleek executive jet, ...

  6. Add Durdle Door to your Itinerary

    Durdle Door




    Durdle Door and Man ‘O’ War beaches are part of the Lulworth Estate. Shingle beaches which are only accessible on foot via a steep path and steps over the hill from Lulworth Cove or down from Durdle Door Car Park (located on the cliff top at the end of Durdle Door Holiday Park.). Parking is...

  7. Add Tyneham Village to your Itinerary

    Tyneham Village


    Historic Site

    EAST LULWORTH, Wareham

    Tyneham village was evacuated in December 1943 for military training during the second world war and the village has been deserted ever since, but many of the buildings survive and the Church (still used for occasional services) and School now houses excellent exhibitions about the village and...

  8. Add Wareham Town Museum to your Itinerary

    Wareham Town Museum




    Archaeology, pictorial collection of Lawrence of Arabia. Also display of many artefacts relating to the town itself. Agricultural, industrial and domestic implements from the past. Contained in 1 exhibition area.

  9. Add Old Harry Rocks to your Itinerary

    Old Harry Rocks


    Natural Feature


    Old Harry Rocks are two chalk sea stacks located at Handfast Point, on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, southern England.

  10. Add Kimmeridge Bay to your Itinerary

    Kimmeridge Bay


    Natural Feature

    Kimmeridge, WAREHAM

    Kimmeridge Bay lies within the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and boasts the best rockpooling and safest snorkelling site in Dorset! Check tide times to gain the most reward.

    The Fine Foundation Marine Centre at the end of the bay encourages all ages to explore the bay, its ledges and rockpools...