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Enjoy a nostalgic steam-train ride on the Purbeck line. Steam trains run most weekend throughout...
Enter into a world of discovery - feed the lambs, view the animals, take a tractor-trailer ride,...
The Tank Museum brings history to life, with the world’s best collection of tanks and explosive...
From fun on the farm and travelling on a steam train, to meeting the real stars of TV show 'Monkey Life', you’ll find plenty to see and do in Swanage and Purbeck.
Spending family time at the seaside is something that children will remember for years to come. Paddling in the water, playing Frisbee, collecting sea shells and flying kites are great fun for the whole family.
Swanage and Studland beaches are particularly family-friendly with large stretches of golden sand – perfect for sandcastle building. Children can also have a go at crab fishing from Swanage’s Stone Quay and Kimmeridge Bay is one of the best places in Dorset to go rock pooling.
The beaches at Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Man O’ War and Worbarrow Bay are more rugged, but definitely worth a visit for their crystal clear waters and amazing scenery.
From 17th Century castles, to a deserted village and tales of great adventures, you’ll uncover the mysteries as you delve deeper into Purbeck’s past.
Lulworth Castle is set in extensive parklands on the Lulworth Estate and was built as a hunting lodge to entertain the King and Court. The exterior of the Castle has changed little over the years and inside are displays of memorabilia and artefacts in the basement rooms.
Tyneham village was evacuated for military training during the Second World War and has been deserted ever since. However, many of the buildings survive and the Church and School now house excellent exhibitions about the village and villagers. Tyneham is also a good starting point for walks on the South West Coast Path.
T.E. Lawrence was one of the area’s most famous residents. Lawrence of Arabia, as he became known, lived at Clouds Hill just outside Bovington. His cottage has been preserved by the National Trust and a permanent exhibition now details Lawrence’s extraordinary life. From the cottage, you can join a seven mile walking trail which takes you to where Lawrence worked, died and is laid to rest.
As a frequent visitor to Purbeck, the landmarks and countryside of the area were the inspiration for Enid Blyton’s novels. You can visit the author's favourite places by following the Enid Blyton Trail.
Family fun doesn’t have to cost the earth. Enjoy the simpler things in life like having a picnic, going for a walk, finding out about local history, visiting a nature reserve, exploring towns and villages or following a treasure trail.
Founded by the Victorian entrepreneur and philanthropist George Burt, Durlston Country Park, which is also a National Nature Reserve, is a 280 acre paradise. With the historic Great Globe, Durlston Castle, stunning coastal views, an abundance of wildlife and cliff top walks, there is always something different to see and do.
Come rain or shine, we have some amazing family attractions and activities which will entertain children of all ages – as well as parents and grandparents. Explore castles, climb inside a tank, ride on a steam train, try to spot a red squirrel or pretend you are one of the Famous Five characters in Enid Blyton’s books.
For umbrella days, escape the elements and head into our indoor attractions.
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The Tank Museum brings history to life, with the world’s best collection of tanks and explosive live displays.
Our exhibitions tell the story of armoured warfare spanning over 100 years of history. Exploring eight powerful exhibitions, you will...
Enter into a world of discovery - feed the lambs, view the animals, take a tractor-trailer ride, watch milking, have fun in the play areas (Designed for 8 years and under). Restaurant and shop.
Enjoy a nostalgic steam-train ride on the Purbeck line.
Steam trains run most weekend throughout the year with daily running April to October.
Park at Norden then catch a train to travel 6 miles south to Swanage, passing through Corfe Castle...
Country Park/Nature Reserve
Countryside, cliffs, sea and wildlife. Visitor Centre with exhibits, information, live cliff camera and underwater sounds. Theme trails. Ranger-guided walks.
125 seat Cinema and Theatre, often hosting special event evenings. Family Film Matinees during school holidays. Charming old fashioned interior dating from 1920 and own Bar. Also a venue for The Purbeck Film Festival (www.purbeckfilm.com).
A unique Pool which varies in colour from green to turquoise and is surrounded by 25 acres of pine trees, gorse and heather.
A haven for families to enjoy and explore.
EAST LULWORTH, Wareham
Walk in the footsteps of Kings & Queens as you enjoy wide open spaces, historic buildings & stunning landscapes. Enjoy the tranquillity of the nearby 18C Chapel, wander through the park & woodland & bring a picnic.
Archaeological finds and many artefacts relating to the town itself, plus a pictorial collection of T.E Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia.
Country Park/Nature Reserve
A beautiful island with wonderful views, wildlife and history including rare red squirrels, birds and the birthplace of Scouting and Guiding. Also host to the annual Brownsea Open Air Theatre.
Fine sandy beaches stretch continuously for 4 miles. The heathland behind the beach is a National Nature Reserve with many rare birds and all six British reptiles.
Swanage Beach huts are let on a daily or weekly basis. Hire a beach hut, and your trips to the beach are made easier without having to take all your towels, swimwear and children’s toys down to the beach every day!
Enjoy a fun-filled, fascinating day out for all the family at Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre.
A favourite haunt for adults and children alike, you can't fail to be captivated by the romantic Corfe Castle ruins and it's breath-taking views across Purbeck!
Detailed 1/20th scale model of Corfe Castle and village before its destruction by Cromwell. Old English country garden.
The Centre contains information on the history, geology and geography of the town and surrounding area. Educational packs are available and talks can be given. There is also a small retail area including local crafts.
Swanage has a gently sloping white sand beach which is sheltered and generally calm.
The award winning beach is well served by local businesses providing refreshments and services.
Winner of the prestigious Blue Flag award for a consecutive 29 years and with its soft golden sands and breathtaking views, it is no wonder that Sandbanks is considered one of the best beaches in Britain. Facilities include a crazy golf course,...
EAST LULWORTH, Wareham
Tyneham Village, Worbarrow Bay and the Lulworth Range walks are open to the public most weekends and during school holidays.
To find opening times visit www.dorsetforyou.com/lulworth-range-walks
A very popular beach of sand and fine pebbles on the east side of Durdle Door. The Man O' War and the Door shelter the beach providing safe bathing in shallow water. Parking available at Durdle Door.
Kimmeridge Bay lies within the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and boasts the best rock-pooling and safest snorkelling site in Dorset!