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Sherborne Abbey

Don't Miss Dorset

If you’re hoping to cram as much into your 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.

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 & 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 & 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 Cerne Abbas Giant to your Itinerary

    Cerne Abbas Giant


    Historic Site


    The 180ft tall club-wielding man has long been regarded as a sign of fertility due to his large, erect phallus. It is not agreed how old the Cerne Abbas Giant is, but the most likely explanation is that he depicts Hercules, the god with super- human strength. Hence he was probably created as a...

  2. Add Forde Abbey and Gardens to your Itinerary

    Forde Abbey and Gardens


    Historic House/Palace


    Forde Abbey is a fascinating combination of mediaeval monastery and family home. Many of its 12th century features, including the Cloisters and vaulted Undercroft (in use today as a tea room) are beautifully preserved.

    After the dissolution of the monasteries, Forde Abbey was transformed into a...

  3. Add 1610 Dorchester Sports Centre to your Itinerary

    1610 Dorchester Sports Centre


    Leisure/Swimming Pool


    The £8 million centre provides the local community with a first-class swimming and fitness facility offering a huge range of activities and classes for people of all ages to enjoy.

    The centre includes:

    • 50 station fitness studio with state of the art equipment

    • Dance studio - offering a...

  4. Add Kingston Russell Stone Circle to your Itinerary

    Kingston Russell Stone Circle


    Historic Site


    A Bronze Age stone circle consisting of 18 stones. Accessible to walkers only.

  5. Add Tyneham Village to your Itinerary

    Tyneham Village



    EAST LULWORTH, Wareham

    Tyneham Village was evacuated in 1943 during WWII and it has been deserted ever since.

    The Church and School have exhibitions about the village and villagers.

    The exhibitions are open from 10am until 4pm when Tyneham Village is open to the public.

    A 1 mile walk from Tyneham Village leads to...

  6. Add Burton Bradstock (Hive Beach) to your Itinerary

    Burton Bradstock (Hive Beach)




    A shelving shingle beach, close to the village of Burton Bradstock.

    On a clear day, visitors can enjoy breath taking views round to Portland and right the way round to the East Devon Coast.

    Restrictions for dogs apply between 1st June - 30th September on main section of the beach (see signage...

  7. Add Badbury Rings to your Itinerary

    Badbury Rings


    Historic Site

    East Dorset

    Badbury Rings is an Iron Age hillfort in east Dorset.

    The Badbury Rings 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 Badbury Rings site has been restored to...

  8. Add Kingston Lacy  to your Itinerary

    Kingston Lacy


    Historic House/Palace


    Kingston Lacy is an elegant 17th century Italian inspired country mansion set in attractive formal gardens and extensive parkland.

    Wander around Kingston Lacy house and discover the Spanish Room with its gilded leather and gilded ceiling brought from the Contarini Palace in Venice.


  9. Add Golden Cap to your Itinerary

    Golden Cap


    Natural Feature

    Golden Cap is the rather obvious name for a high, flat-topped hill of deep orange sandstone on the cliffs between Charmouth and Bridport. It represents the tail end of a vein of the warm-coloured sandstone that stretches down from the Cotswolds. The Cap is the highest point on the south coast, at...

  10. Add Sherborne Old Castle to your Itinerary

    Sherborne Old Castle




    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.