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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 West Bay Beach to your Itinerary

    West Bay Beach

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    Beach

    Bridport

    Shingle, sand and pebbles. Steep shelving.

    Slipway and harbour.

    Auxiliary coastguard.

  2. Add Weymouth Pavilion to your Itinerary

    Weymouth Pavilion

    Type

    Theatre

    Weymouth

    Weymouth Pavilion, originally built in 1908, destroyed by fire in 1954, rebuilt in 1959. Recently taken over as a community run establishment.

  3. Add Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve to your Itinerary

    Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve

    Type

    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    Stanpit, CHRISTCHURCH

    SOUTH & SOUTH EAST ENGLAND IN BLOOM 2012- AWARDED CONSERVATION AREA OF THE YEAR- OVERALL WINNER WITH GOLD AWARD!

    Stanpit Marsh is situated on the north side of Christchurch Harbour, just below the confluence of the rivers Avon and Stour. The 65 hectare site has an unusual combination of habitats...

  4. Add Hayloft Studio & Gallery to your Itinerary

    Hayloft Studio & Gallery

    Type

    Arts Centre

    Christchurch, CHRISTCHURCH

    CADArts was established in 1978 to promote participation in, and development of, the Arts amongst the inhabitants of a Christchurch and the surrounding area. The executive committee (most of who represent groups) is elected annually from amongst its members. The Mayor of Christchurch is President,...

  5. Add Norden Park and Ride to your Itinerary

    Norden Park and Ride

    Type

    Steam Railway

    CORFE CASTLE

    Just off the A351 north of Corfe Castle, the warden-attended Norden Park and Ride has space to park 350 vehicles. If you are travelling to Corfe Castle or Swanage, using the Park and Ride is the easiest way to avoid traffic queues or finding a parking space in smaller car parks.

    You can either...

  6. Add RSPB Arne Nature Reserve to your Itinerary

    RSPB Arne Nature Reserve

    Type

    Natural Feature

    Wareham

    Arne is celebrated for its lowland heathland, which is rare in Europe, and its wildlife including Dartford warblers, nightjars, all six species of British reptile, plus many species of butterflies, dragonflies, and moths. It is also home to nearly 500 types of flowering plant.

    A new Visitor...

  7. Add Wareham Town Museum to your Itinerary

    Wareham Town Museum

    Type

    Museum

    WAREHAM

    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.

  8. Add Worbarrow Bay to your Itinerary

    Worbarrow Bay

    Type

    Beach

    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 Lulworth Cove to your Itinerary

    Lulworth Cove

    Type

    Beach

    WEST LULWORTH

    A shingle beach which shelves steeply although some parts are reasonably safe for swimming. Dogs are allowed on the beach.

    The Cove offers a variety of places to eat and there is a large car park (fee payable). Make sure you visit the Heritage Centre next to the car park for all kinds of...

  10. Add Wareham Walls to your Itinerary

    Wareham Walls

    Type

    Historic Site

    Wareham

    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...