Reputedly the longest parish church in England, the current building dates back to 1094. This grand church is built on the site of a 7th century Saxon Priory
A beach resort situated in Christchurch on a 1/4 mile long section of beach. Facilities including cafe, shop, beach huts and a variety of beach and sports equipment available for hire.
The Abbey of St Peter was a Benedictine monastery founded in the 11th century. All that remains of the abbey now is a single wall
Ten acres of beautiful gardens, shops, restaurants, a delicatessen and regular events. Open 7 days a week.
A 19th century Grade I listed building, built by Lord Stuart de Rothesay. 5 partially restored staterooms housing a visitor centre and gallery featuring a changing programme of exhibitions. Guided tours…
Large flat ledge and pool at the base of Jurassic Coast cliffs near Swanage. The platform is man-made, the result of quarrying
Situated in a fine Georgian townhouse the Fashion Museum has exhibits covering 250 years of historical costume and accessories
An unmissable family museum and Teddy Bear House with people sized bears. Includes the earliest teddies and todays TV favourites.
Small town museum featuring artifacts, costume, photos, ceramics, tools, domestic items and the town’s first fire engine. Of special interest is the collection of intricate Dorset buttons.
Originally founded in 1765 as a kitchen garden, the site now occupies 20 acres and is stocked with a range of exotic plants many of which were newly-discovered species at the time
Exhibition featuring a group of the life sized clay warriors created in China by the conservation technicians who preserve and restore the warriors after excavation.
Large 11th century castle that now lies in ruins since it was slighted in the English Civil War. It still cuts a majestic form dominating the village below
The remains of Norman motte and bailey castle set overlooking the town and River Avon below. The site also contains the 12th-century riverside "Constables House", a rare example of an early Norman dwelling.
This cinema uses the most sophisticated and powerful motion picture projection system in the world. Seats 419 people and has a 19m high, 25m wide screen.
An internationally acclaimed re-creation of Tutankhamun's tomb and treasures. Full school service and specialist Egyptian shop.
Isolated cottage that was the home to T. E. Lawrence ('Lawrence of Arabia'). It was donated to the National Trust after Lawrence's death and is now a museum, dedicated to Lawrence.
This Forte forms part of the defensives of Portland Harbour, a man-made enclosure of the old sheltered anchorage of Portland Roads. Facinating displays, a large collection of artefacts and magnificent…
16th century Tudor castle overlooking Portland harbour.
Former Cistercian monastery, now a privately owned house set in 30 acres of gardens
Situated in the historic heart of Sherborne, the town museum features over 15,000 items of local history
Large public park adjacent to Poole harbour. Contains several man made lakes and is a conservation area
Pair of impressive chalk sea stacks located off the end of Handfast Point near Swanage. Named after local pirate, Harry Paye
The magical Blue Pool is unique attraction in the heart of the Isle of Purbeck. Set in peaceful woodland between Wareham and Corfe Castle this apparently natural beauty spot began life as a clay pit in…
University museum celebrating plastics in design. Collection contains over 8,000 international, historical and contemporary design examples
The town museum tells the story of Bridport from its origins to the present day. Exhibits include those from the nearby Roman hillfort and from the rope and net making industries
A 280 acre countryside paradise, consisting of sea-cliffs, coastal limestone downland, haymeadows, hedgerows and woodland. 33 species of butterfly, over 250 species of bird, 500 wildflowers, 500 moths…
One of a network of marine life aquariums stretching across Europe. Key attractions include otter, seal & penguin sanctuaries, tropical shark nursery, splash lagoon and pirate mini golf.
Set on the site of Saxons England's foremost Benedictine nunnery the Abbey was the source of Shaftesbury's prosperity. Now the site of walled gardens and museum amongst the remains of the abbey
Small museum housed in 2 historic cottages. Founded by Marie Stopes in 1930 the museum features exhibits on Portland Stone, the Jurassic Coast, shipwrecks and famous people linked with Portland
Britain's only museum solely devoted to dinosaurs. Fossils, skeletons and life sized reconstructions, combined with audiovisual and hands-on displays.
4th century Roman villa discovered during excavations in the 1930s.
Built in 1594 by Sir Walter Raleigh. Set in 40 acres of landscaped gardens and grounds.
65 acres homing over 150 rescued primates. Open daily.
An all inclusive Park combining the timeless fun and games of the Alice in Wonderland story with outdoor Adventure rides and the undercover Lost Aztec World of Wild Thing. Extensive attractions and shopping…
A family run visitor attraction set on a farm, with a variety of live stock including ponies, pigs, sheep & goats, milking demos, play barn, mini tractors and much more.
Winspit is an old disused quarry on the coastal cliffs near Worth Matravers. The stone from this quarry was highly prized and used in various prestigious buildings in London. Some of the caverns are still…
A fully restored watermill dating from 1340. The complex also houses art galleries, a cafe/restaurant, craft studios & workshops, a bakery and a shop.
The museum features exhibits from the local area from prehistoric times to the present day. It also has a collection dedicated to the life of Lawrence of Arabia
This castle dates from the 17th century and offers a variety of attractions including an indoor children's activity room, animal farm, an 18th century Chapel and jousting shows.
Whilst now only a parish church Sherborne Abbey has been a Saxon cathedral and a Benedictine abbey. The majority of the building is Norman in origin although Saxon features remain.
The story of Dorset's rich landscape told in a series of facinating displays. Founded in 1846, the diverse collections include Roman mosaics, original Thomas Hardy manuscripts and fossilised dinosaur…
Traditional brewery, which is the only thatched brewery in the UK. Tours culminate in a tasting session in the board room
The local history of Lyme Regis represented by maritime and domestic objects, and illustrated by painting, prints and photographs.
Enjoy a donkey ride across Weymouth Beach. Rides available from 11am to 5.30pm.
Dorset's premier standard gauge preserved steam railway. Operates between Swanage and Norden, through the Isle of Purbeck.
A romantic valley garden surrounding an Elizabethan manor house with church, stable block, coach house, dovecote and courtyard. The Garden and Church are open for visitors from March - October and the…
Once a Cistercian monastery, Forde Abbey is now a privately owned country house with 1,600-acre of landscaped gardens.
Iron Age hillfort located just outside of Dorset. Maiden Castle is one of the largest and most complex such sites in Europe with rows of ramparts and an enclosure the size of 50 football pitches
Iron Age hill fort situated on Wears Hill above the village. Believed to have been the work of the Durotriges, a Celtic tribe
Working 17th c water mill and Museum of Rural Bygones. Also features tea rooms, cafe and craft centre
Housed in a former Georgian workhouse the museum now features collections including local history, costume, geology, natural history and archaeology
This museum tells the harrowing tale of the Martyrs arrest, trial and punishment, set out in four sections.
Ruined 12th century castle built for the Bishops of Salisbury. The castle was destroyed during the English Civil War by Parliamentary forces
A Catholic Church dating from 1869.
The church of St Cuthburga, Winborne Minster dates back over 1300 years. The current church is mostly Norman in origin although there are Saxon and Gothic features. Features include chained library, an…
Open daily. Games last for 25 minutes and are accompanied by instructional briefing.
Large 17th century manor house and gardens originally the seat of the Russell family
Shire horses in action plus other animals and activities for all ages
The only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans.
The only UK charitable museum dedicated to preserving operational examples of historic aircraft. The museum occupies a 30,000 sq ft hanger at Bournemouth International Airport.
The national museum of Army communications, telling the story of military communications from the Napoleonic Wars onwards.
Small 15th century chapel set on the hill overlooking Abbotsbury and the coast beyond.
Housed in a fine Victorian villa overlooking the beach the gallery and museum are home to an important fine art collection and extensive Victoriana from around the Globe
The world's largest and finest collection of Armoured Fighting Vehicles, from World War I tanks to the latest main battle tank of the British Army.
Large, recently excavated Iron Age hillfort set high above the surrounding countryside.
A superb 1/10th scale Model Town capturing the essence of a typical Market Town of Rural England during the 1950's and an interactive Hornby Model Trains and Tram working layout. Open daily from 24th…
Carefully restored Anglo-Saxon watermill situated on Christchurch Quay at the confluence of the rivers Avon and Stour. Now home to a local arts and crafts market
Touch screen computers, videos, medals, uniforms and medals representing Devonshire & Dorset Regiments and Yeomanry.
Come face to face with marine life from the furthest reaches of the globe. Fully interactive, with touch screen games, feeding demonstrations and talks, plasma screen documentaries, walk through underwater…
Located on the high street St Peter's is Shaftesbury's oldest church, dating back to the 15th century. Neglected for many years the church was restored in the 19th and 20th century
An 8 acre site of ponds & lakes, plants, native trees, wild plants and flowers. Attractions include The Museum, Tropical House, Extensive Plant Centre and Monet Tearooms.
A model of the 17th century village with working water mill, situated in an acre of gardens. Courtyard Tearoom and shop.
Recently restored Victorian Pier located at the Southern area of Swanage Bay