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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 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.

  2. Add Fancys Family Farm to your Itinerary

    Fancys Family Farm



    New Ground, Portland

    Fancys Family Farm is a new community farm on Portland in Dorset and is the home to the only flock of rare breed Portland Sheep on Portland. We also have goats, alpacas, geese, chickens, pigs and Poppy and Ozzie the farm dogs. We are open every day between 10am and dusk and welcome visitors. Bring...

  3. Add The Regent Centre to your Itinerary

    The Regent Centre


    Venue Provider


    The Regent Centre is situated in the middle of Christchurch High Street and is the cinema, theatre, concert hall, art gallery and entertainment centre serving Christchurch, East Dorset and the New Forest.

    The Centre has a constantly rolling programme of events and is the hub of entertainment in...

  4. Add Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park and Rescue Centre to your Itinerary

    Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park and Rescue Centre


    Animal Collection


    Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park and Rescue Centre offers a unique mix of educational fun for all ages. Set amongst splendid countryside views, the park offers free wagon, tractor trailer rides and then the chance to experience driving a vintage tractor. Listen and learn in the interesting daily show;...

  5. Add Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve to your Itinerary

    Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve


    Country Park/Nature Reserve



    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...

  6. Add Royal Manor Theatre to your Itinerary

    Royal Manor Theatre




    Portland's very own theatre, located in the heart of Fortuneswell. Home to the local amateur dramatics company. Host to many theatre events, musical evenings and mini concerts.

  7. Add Purbeck Mineral & Mining Museum to your Itinerary

    Purbeck Mineral & Mining Museum




    Check website for opening times.

  8. Add Maiden Castle to your Itinerary

    Maiden Castle


    Historic Site


    The finest and largest Iron Age hill fort in Britain, with enormous earthworks and complicated entrances. Its banks enclose an area the size of 50 football pitches, which would have been home to about 200 families.

  9. Add Fleet Air Arm Museum to your Itinerary

    Fleet Air Arm Museum




    As much an ‘attraction’ as it is a ‘museum’, the Fleet Air Arm Museum is where Museum meets theatre. You’ll ‘fly’ by helicopter to the replica flight deck of the aircraft carrier HMS ARK ROYAL where you‘ll see fighter aircraft and two enormous projection screens showing a Phantom interceptor...

  10. Add Mudeford Sandbank to your Itinerary

    Mudeford Sandbank



    Mudeford, CHRISTCHURCH

    Location- A spit of land which adjoins Hengistbury Head
    Best Feature- A unique spit of land which adjoins Hengistbury Head and forms a natural barrier between Christchurch Harbour and the open sea. Fantastic ciews of the Isle of Wight.
    Disabled access- The Sandbank is accessible by land train...