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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!

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 RSPB Arne Nature Reserve to your Itinerary

    RSPB Arne Nature Reserve

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    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...

  2. Add Knowlton Church & Rings to your Itinerary

    Knowlton Church & Rings

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    Historic Site

    Nr Wimborne

    An English Heritage Site. Knowlton is a site on the outskirts of Wimborne, Dorset. It is best known for its ruined Norman church which was built within a neolithic henge monument, known locally as the Knowlton Rings.

    There is no admission fee and the site is open to visitors at any reasonable...

  3. Add Honeybrook Farm & Country Park to your Itinerary

    Honeybrook Farm & Country Park

    Type

    Farm

    WIMBORNE

    Honeybrook Farm is a unique and rustic country park set in acres of beautiful Dorset countryside. Honeybrook has farm animals galore including rare breeds and most wildlife species too. The Riverside Park runs to some 84 acres, all of which is farmed during spring, summer and autumn.
    Attractions...

  4. Hambledon & Hod Hills

    Add Hambledon & Hod Hills to your Itinerary

    Hambledon & Hod Hills

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    Historic Site

    Blandford Forum

    Hambledon Hill is Dorset's most impressive Iron Age hillfort with mulitple ramparts. The hilltop is encircled by an Iron Age earthwork and there are extensive and complex Neolithic features, making it a site of major archaeological importance. Situated in the Blackmore Vale five miles north of...

  5. Add Badbury Rings to your Itinerary

    Badbury Rings

    Type

    Historic Site

    East Dorset

    Badbury Rings is an Iron Age hillfort in east Dorset. The site dates from around 800 BC and was in use until the Roman occupation of 43 AD. Now forming part of the Kingston Lacy estate, and under the guardianship of The National Trust, the site has been restored to light grazing land as this has...

  6. Add Sherborne Old Castle to your Itinerary

    Sherborne Old Castle

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    Castle/Fort

    SHERBORNE

    Families and history lovers alike will all enjoy a day out to Sherborne Old Castle; bring a picnic and take in the serene countryside views, then browse the small shop for unique English Heritage gift ideas and souvenirs of your visit. Light refreshments are also available.

  7. Add Swanage Railway Museum to your Itinerary

    Swanage Railway Museum

    Type

    Museum

    CORFE CASTLE

    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...

  8. Add Swanage Beach to your Itinerary

    Swanage Beach

    Type

    Beach

    Swanage

    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...

  9. Add Kimmeridge Bay to your Itinerary

    Kimmeridge Bay

    Type

    Natural Feature

    Kimmeridge, WAREHAM

    Kimmeridge Bay lies within the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and boasts the best rockpooling and safest snorkelling site in Dorset! Check tide times to gain the most reward.

    The Fine Foundation Marine Centre at the end of the bay encourages all ages to explore the bay, its ledges and rockpools...

  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...