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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 Terracotta Warriors Museum to your Itinerary

    Terracotta Warriors Museum

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    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.

  2. Add Shire Hall Dorset to your Itinerary

    Shire Hall Dorset

    Type

    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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. Add The Teddy Bear Museum to your Itinerary

    The Teddy Bear Museum

    Type

    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...

  6. 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...

  7. Add The Blue Pool to your Itinerary

    The Blue Pool

    Type

    Parkland/Woodland Garden

    Furzebrook, WAREHAM


    The Blue Pool is a unique attraction in the Isle of Purbeck.

    A chance to escape the outside world and enjoy walks around a magical Pool famous for its ever changing colours.

    Sandy Paths lead up steps to views of the Purbeck Hills or down steps to the waters edge.

    The Blue Pool also has a...

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

    Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park and Rescue Centre

    Type

    Animal Collection

    Verwood

    A visit to this multi award winning park is guaranteed to keep all age members of your family entertained for hours!
    Soak up some of Dorset's finest scenery with a relaxing Heavy Horse Wagon Ride around the park or a daring tractor or trailer ride down the valley! You can also take the...

  9. Add Christchurch Priory Church to your Itinerary

    Christchurch Priory Church

    Type

    Abbey/Priory

    Christchurch, CHRISTCHURCH

    This medieval monastic church comprising nave, monks' quire and Lady Chapel was started in 1094 by Ralph Flambard, later as bishop, to complete the building of Durham Cathedral. It has all styles of architecture from Norman to Tudor, 2 carved stone screens, 4 chantries and a peerless set of...

  10. Add The Keep Military Museum to your Itinerary

    The Keep Military Museum

    Type

    Museum

    DORCHESTER

    The Keep is the Military Museum of Devon and Dorset. Housed in an extraordinary castle-like building, the collection spans 300 years of history from the age of red coats and muskets through both World Wars to recent operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    New for 2015 is our reconstructed First...