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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!

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 The Blandford Fashion Museum to your Itinerary

    The Blandford Fashion Museum



    Blandford Forum

    Lime Tree House was opened to the public as a home for Mrs. Penny's collection of historic costumes. Ten rooms exhibit fashions and accessories from 1740 to 1970. There is a tearoom, shop and garden. Educational facilities include a resources room, and study days when items from the museum's...

  2. Add Eype Beach to your Itinerary

    Eype Beach




    A steeply shelving pebble beach. Located three miles from Bridport. Walkers can enjoy breath-taking views across the West Dorset coast.

    Dogs permitted on beach all year round.

    Refreshments are available at Lower Eype.

  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 Granby Fun Factory to your Itinerary

    Granby Fun Factory


    Adventure Park/Playground


    Granby Fun Factory is Dorset’s premier soft play centre with a gigantic indoor play area, huge restaurant and two party rooms for children’s parties.

    Relax with one of our great selections of coffees and watch your kids as they explore the gigantic indoor playground, including "Battle Cannon"...

  5. Add Man O' War Beach to your Itinerary

    Man O' War Beach




    A very popular beach of sand and fine pebbles on the east side of Durdle Door. The Man O' War and the Door shelter the beach providing safe bathing in shallow water. Parking available at Durdle Door.

  6. Add Mangerton Mill to your Itinerary

    Mangerton Mill


    Water Mill


    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

  7. Add Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre to your Itinerary

    Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre


    Country Park/Nature Reserve


    On the Legacy Trail, this is your first point of call on Portland

    Managed by Dorset Wildlife Trust, the centre's exciting displays and programme of activities will help you make the most of your visit to Chesil Beach and Portland.

    The Centre has a shop, wildlife events and activities, a...

  8. Add Stokewater Meadow Donkey Walking to your Itinerary

    Stokewater Meadow Donkey Walking


    Walking Tour


    Relax and enjoy an unforgettable half day spent leading an affectionate donkey while exploring the Brit Valley and TV River Cottage Site. Picnic or pub lunch en route.

  9. Add Wareham Walls to your Itinerary

    Wareham Walls


    Historic Site


    The Walls are Saxon ramparts which surround the historic town of Wareham. Paths on the walls give good views of the river Piddle and town, and link into the ‘Bowling Green’ open space. Different grass cutting times encourage a variety of flowers. The Walls surround Wareham on three sides and are...