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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 Mude Valley to your Itinerary

    Mude Valley


    Free Days Out

    Mudeford, CHRISTCHURCH

    An urban wildlife corridor made up of Mudeford and Peregrine Woods and designated as a Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI). The Mude Valley is situated to the east of the borough, following the course of the river Mude from Somerford to the north and Mudeford to the south.

    The area...

  2. Add Kingston Lacy House and Gardens to your Itinerary

    Kingston Lacy House and Gardens


    Historic House/Palace


    Elegant 17thC Italian inspired country mansion set in attractive formal gardens and extensive parkland.

    Wander around the house and discover the Spanish Room with its gilded leather and gilded ceiling brought from the Contarini Palace in Venice. Witness paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Titian and...

  3. Add Artsreach to your Itinerary



    Arts Centre


    Artsreach is Dorset’s rural touring arts organisation. Our overall aim is to enrich the quality of life of people living in rural Dorset by providing both outlets for, and access to, professional performing, visual and participatory arts in community venues. To enable us to do this they receive...

  4. Add Convent Walk to your Itinerary

    Convent Walk


    Free Days Out

    Christchurch, CHRISTCHURCH

    The Convent Walk was built around 1911 to commemorate the coronation of King George V and is a tranquil walk that follows the course of the Mill Stream, as it runs parallel to the Avon, from Town Bridge to Place Mill on Christchurch Quay.

  5. Add Weymouth Pavilion to your Itinerary

    Weymouth Pavilion




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

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. Add Lulworth Cove to your Itinerary

    Lulworth Cove




    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...