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The Tank Museum

The Tank Museum

Bovington

Dorset Museums & Mills

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 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...

  3. Add Portland Castle to your Itinerary

    Portland Castle

    Type

    Castle/Fort

    Portland

    Overlooking Portland Harbour in Dorset stands one of Henry VIII's finest coastal forts, built in the early 1540s to protect against French and Spanish invasion. Today it provides a great day out for visitors and its audio tour, included in the admission price tells of the castle's 450 year history...

  4. Add Bridport Arts Centre to your Itinerary

    Bridport Arts Centre

    Type

    Arts Centre

    Bridport

    The Arts Centre in South Street is the cultural hub of Bridport. You’ll find a packed programme of world class theatre, music, dance, film, comedy, literature events and exhibitions. Expect a variety of quality performances and activities to attract young and old alike. Recent performers have...

  5. Add Lulworth Castle & Park to your Itinerary

    Lulworth Castle & Park

    Type

    Historic House/Palace

    EAST LULWORTH, Wareham

    Welcome to Lulworth Castle and Park at the heart of the privately owned Lulworth Estate. Follow the fascinating story of this family home and the inspiring past of its dedicated owners.

    From the tower, discover breathtaking views over the Dorset countryside, picnic in the grounds, wander...

  6. Add Dorset County Museum to your Itinerary

    Dorset County Museum

    Type

    Museum

    DORCHESTER

    Discover Dorset in depth at Dorset County Museum and explore the story of the county from prehistory to the present day. Visit the nostalgic and atmospheric Victorian Gallery, one of the few places in Europe you can follow in the footsteps of ancient Romans by actually walking on Roman mosaic...

  7. Add The Tank Museum to your Itinerary

    The Tank Museum

    Type

    Museum

    BOVINGTON, Wareham

    The Tank Museum brings the history of tanks and tank crews to life, supported by the world's best collection of tanks, and action packed live displays during the school holidays.
    Our exhibitions tell the story of armoured warfare spanning almost 100 years of history. As you explore the museum's...

  8. 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...

  9. Add Beaulieu National Motor Museum to your Itinerary

    Beaulieu National Motor Museum

    Type

    Heritage/Visitor Centre

    Near Brockenhurst

    At the heart of the New Forest, Beaulieu is a multi-award winning family day out with something for everyone.

    With free on-site parking, one great value family ticket grants access to four stunning attractions:

    The National Motor Museum
    With over 250 vehicles in its world famous collection,...

  10. Add Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum to your Itinerary

    Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum

    Type

    Museum

    DORCHESTER

    Story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs depicted on colourful hanging banners and 4 touch-screen computers. The story is told through the main characters in 4 chapters; 'Before the Arrest', 'The Oath and Betrayal', 'Transportation' and 'The Homecoming'. The interactive touch-screens feature around 4 hours...