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Gold Hill

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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 Clouds Hill - home of T.E .Lawrence to your Itinerary

    Clouds Hill - home of T.E .Lawrence


    Historic House/Palace

    Bovington, WAREHAM

    T E Lawrence's (Lawrence of Arabia) retreat containing his own furnishings and photographs. Sorry no internal photography is permitted. Suitable for school groups. A special exhibition on Lawrence is provided in the garage area.

  2. Add Hardy's Cottage to your Itinerary

    Hardy's Cottage


    Historic House/Palace


    Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 in this small cob and thatch cottage, which was built by his great-grandfather and is little altered since the family left. His early novels Under the Greenwood Tree and Far from the Madding Crowd were written here.

  3. Add Friars Cliff Beach to your Itinerary

    Friars Cliff Beach



    Friars Cliff, CHRISTCHURCH

    Best features: Shingle and sand beaches ideal for families. Magnificent views of the Isle of Wight and Christchurch Bay. A short walk from the cliff top nature reserve at Steamer Point.

    Location: Located in the area known as Friars Cliff, between Avon Beach and Highcliffe Castle Beach, just...

  4. Add Upton Wood to your Itinerary

    Upton Wood




    Small woodland on the edge of Upton (opposite Upton Country Park). Various events and volunteer events take place throughout the year.

    The Wood includes footpaths, cyclepaths and Woodland Trail, also running streams, open glades and seats to sit and rest a while.

    Map and leaflet available...

  5. Add Wareham Forest to your Itinerary

    Wareham Forest




    Walk or cycle through heathland and forest by Morden Bog National Nature Reserve, one of the largest valley mire habitats in England.

    There are picnic benches and a signposted walk. Cyclists are welcome on 2 metre or wider tracks. Horse riders by permit only. The Sika Cycle Trail, a 7 mile...

  6. Add Swanage Railway Museum to your Itinerary

    Swanage Railway Museum




    No visit to the Swanage Railway is complete without a visit to this excellent resource. The Museum is both educational and fun for all the family, and admission is free of charge to all visitors - with voluntary donations greatfully accepted of course.

    As well as restoring the rail link between...

  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 Worbarrow Bay to your Itinerary

    Worbarrow Bay



    Tyneham, EAST LULWORTH

    Worbarrow Bay is found a short walk (1 mile) from Tyneham village. Worbarrow Bay is part of the Jurassic Coast. Parking is found at Tyneham village - charge applies.

    Worbarrow Bay and the village are now managed by the Ministry of Defence and therefore access is limited. To find opening times...

  9. 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...

  10. 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.