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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 The Keep Military Museum to your Itinerary

    The Keep Military Museum




    A modern military museum that tells the story of the soldiers of Devon and Dorset across three hundred years. New for 2014 is a refurbished WW1 Gallery, changing annually to reflect the 1914-1918 centenaries
    The view from the roof is also unmissable!

  2. Add Highcliffe Castle to your Itinerary

    Highcliffe Castle



    Highcliffe, CHRISTCHURCH

    Highcliffe Castle is a magnificent Grade 1 Listed 1830s mansion built by Lord Stuart de Rothesay and is situated just four miles east of Christchurch. The cliff-top grounds, with wonderful views of the Dorset coastline and the Isle of Wight, provide access to the beach and to the Christchurch...

  3. Add Marine Theatre to your Itinerary

    Marine Theatre



    Lyme Regis

    A traditional seaside theatre overlooking the sea and Gun Cliff Walk, with dramatic views from the auditorium and licensed bar. The Marine Theatre is a fully licensed, multi-purpose venue allowing for seated shows, dancing and cabaret. The theatre offers a varied programme of events including...

  4. Add Regent Cinema to your Itinerary

    Regent Cinema




    Lyme Regis cinema showing all of the latest feature films.

  5. Add Swanage Beach to your Itinerary

    Swanage Beach




    The beach is one of the main attractions of the town with thousands flocking to Swanage every summer to relax on the sand. The waters are clean, and the beach has won many European Blue Flag Awards, as well as the Encams Quality Coast Award. Swanage beach has a well earned reputation for being a...

  6. 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.

  7. Add Lulworth Heritage Centre to your Itinerary

    Lulworth Heritage Centre


    Heritage/Visitor Centre


    The Lulworth Cove Heritage Centre has recently been enlarged and improved to form an interpretative exhibition of the countryside around the Lulworth area. Other parts of the exhibition include a geology section, fossil section together with displays of smuggling and sailing. A history of the Weld...

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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...