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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 Blue Pool to your Itinerary

    The Blue Pool

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    Natural Feature

    Furzebrook, WAREHAM

    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. Giftshop, Museum and Plant Centre. The Teahouse...

  2. 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...

  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 Mangerton Mill to your Itinerary

    Mangerton Mill

    Type

    Water Mill

    BRIDPORT

    17th Century working water mill and Museum of Rural Bygones, set in peaceful rural valley on the river Manger. Trout fishing and riverside walk. Tea room, light lunches, cream teas, homemade fare and local crafts. Open from 16 April 2014 - end of October 2014

  5. 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...

  6. Add Lyme Regis Museum to your Itinerary

    Lyme Regis Museum

    Type

    Museum

    LYME REGIS

    Built on the site of the family home of Lyme's renowned fossilist Mary Anning, the building is packed with fascinating displays on Lyme's history, its internationally important geology and the many significant writers connected with the town, from Jane Austen to John Fowles. The museum also...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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.

  10. Add Putlake Adventure Farm to your Itinerary

    Putlake Adventure Farm

    Type

    Farm

    Swanage

    Visitors are encouraged to explore and make contact with a variety of friendly animals in a relaxed atmosphere. Bottle feed the lambs and goats, groom the ponies, hold a rabbit or watch the farmer carrying out his everyday duties. There are indoor and outdoor picnic and play areas, pedal go karts,...