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The Tank Museum

The Tank Museum

Bovington

Museums & Mills in Dorset

Dorset's rich historical roots are displayed through its wide collection of museums and watermills dotted across the county.

From impressive military exhibitions to traditional thatched breweries; charming collections to historic birthplaces, you will find a fantastic variety of museums and mills throughout the county.

The family will have a great day out at the Fleet Air Arm Museum the world's second largest naval aviation museum.

If you’re visiting Dorchester, don’t miss the Dorset County Museum with exhibitions on the Jurassic Coast, Thomas Hardy and much more.

Find out about the fascinating history of Christchurch at the Red House Museum or take a nostalgic trip along the Swanage Railway.

Dorset's watermills make a great day out for a picturesque riverside visit.

Set in the peaceful rural valley, Mangerton Mill is a 17th Century working watermill and museum.

Afterwards take a walk riverside or enjoy a Dorset cream tea.

Take a picnic to Sturminster Newton Mill and enjoy a country walk, the riverside views and a tour of the Mill.

Take a look at the full list below of Dorset's museums and watermills and plan your break today.

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  1. Add The Teddy Bear Museum to your Itinerary

    The Teddy Bear Museum

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    Museum

    DORCHESTER

    .Visit this unique family museum with its evocative and atmospheric displays of teddy bears from throughout the last century. From the earliest teddy bears right up until today’s TV favourites they are all there to be seen and enjoyed. The museums oldest bear is called Michael as was made in 1906...

  2. Add Haynes International Motor Museum to your Itinerary

    Haynes International Motor Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Sparkford, Yeovil

    The Haynes International Motor Museum is the UK’s largest exhibition of great cars from around the world. A living and working museum, with over 400 amazing cars and bikes from nostalgic classics of the 50’s and 60’s, glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royce’s to exciting super cars of today, like the...

  3. Add The Dinosaur Museum to your Itinerary

    The Dinosaur Museum

    Type

    Museum

    DORCHESTER

    The only museum on mainland Britain solely devoted to dinosaurs, the award-winning Dinosaur Museum is a treat, especiallly for children. The musuem combines life-sized reconstructions of dinosaurs with fossils and skeletons to create an exciting hands-on experience. Multimedia displays tell the...

  4. Add Shire Hall Dorset to your Itinerary

    Shire Hall Dorset

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    Historic Site

    DORCHESTER

    Shire Hall Dorset, contains the Georgian Crown court and Cells below which saw the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs in 1834, and it witnessed thousands of other trails until its closure in 1955. Time has stood still inside the Grade 1 listed courtroom and cells, which appear now almost as they did in...

  5. Add The Tutankhamun Exhibition to your Itinerary

    The Tutankhamun Exhibition

    Type

    Museum

    DORCHESTER

    The Tutankhamun Exhibition allows the visitor to experience the magnificence and wonder of the world's greatest discovery of ancient treasure. Be there at the discovery with Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon, and share in their excitment. Explore the ante-chamber filled with treasures including...

  6. Add Terracotta Warriors Museum to your Itinerary

    Terracotta Warriors Museum

    Type

    Museum

    DORCHESTER

    The only museum outside China exclusively dedicated to the amazing Terracotta Warriors. Unique museum replicas of the warriors, reconstructions of costumes and armour and multimedia presentations.

  7. Add Montacute TV Radio Toy Museum to your Itinerary

    Montacute TV Radio Toy Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Montacute

  8. Add Christchurch Quay to your Itinerary

    Christchurch Quay

    Type

    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    Christchurch, CHRISTCHURCH

    Christchurch Quay is a popular attraction for all the family and it received a Green Flag Award in 2012 and 2013. It was also winner of the South and South East England in Bloom- Small Park of the Year 2012 - Gold Award. It lies in the upper reaches of the harbour on the northern banks of the...

  9. Add Lulworth Castle & Park to your Itinerary

    Lulworth Castle & Park

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    Castle/Fort

    EAST LULWORTH, Wareham


    Welcome to Lulworth Castle and Park at the heart of the privately owned Lulworth Estate.

    Follow the fascinating story of Lulworth Castle and the inspiring past of its dedicated owners.

    From the Lulworth Castle tower, discover breathtaking views over the Dorset countryside, picnic in the...

  10. Add Royal Signals Museum to your Itinerary

    Royal Signals Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Blandford Forum

    Dorset's Hidden Gem! From semaphore to high tech cyber space, and electronic warfare: discover the rapidly evolving story of the British Army’s dynamic cutting edge ...The Royal Signals.

    Nestled in the beautiful countryside of North Dorset, in the attractive Edwardian town of Blandford Forum,...