All attractions

Christchurch Priory Church

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

Christchurch Priory Church

Avon Beach

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.

Avon Beach

Abbotsbury Abbey

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

Abbotsbury Abbey

Compton Acres

Ten acres of beautiful gardens, shops, restaurants, a delicatessen and regular events. Open 7 days a week.

Compton Acres

Highcliffe Castle

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…

Highcliffe Castle

Dancing Ledge

Large flat ledge and pool at the base of Jurassic Coast cliffs near Swanage. The platform is man-made, the result of quarrying

Dancing Ledge

Blandford Fashion Museum

Situated in a fine Georgian townhouse the Fashion Museum has exhibits covering 250 years of historical costume and accessories

Blandford Fashion Museum

The Dorset Teddy Bear Museum

An unmissable family museum and Teddy Bear House with people sized bears. Includes the earliest teddies and todays TV favourites.

The Dorset Teddy Bear Museum

Gold Hill Museum

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.

Gold Hill Museum

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

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

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

The Terracotta Warriors Museum

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.

The Terracotta Warriors Museum

Corfe Castle

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

Corfe Castle

Christchurch Castle

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.

Christchurch Castle

Sheridan IMAX Cinema - Bournemouth

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.

Sheridan IMAX Cinema - Bournemouth

The Tutankhamun Exhibition

An internationally acclaimed re-creation of Tutankhamun's tomb and treasures. Full school service and specialist Egyptian shop.

The Tutankhamun Exhibition

Clouds Hill

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.

Clouds Hill

The Nothe Fort

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…

The Nothe Fort

Portland Castle

16th century Tudor castle overlooking Portland harbour.

Portland Castle

Forde Abbey

Former Cistercian monastery, now a privately owned house set in 30 acres of gardens

Forde Abbey

Sherborne Museum

Situated in the historic heart of Sherborne, the town museum features over 15,000 items of local history

Sherborne Museum

Poole Park

Large public park adjacent to Poole harbour. Contains several man made lakes and is a conservation area

Poole Park

Old Harry Rocks

Pair of impressive chalk sea stacks located off the end of Handfast Point near Swanage. Named after local pirate, Harry Paye

Old Harry Rocks

Blue Pool, Furzebrook

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…

Blue Pool, Furzebrook

Museum of Design in Plastics

University museum celebrating plastics in design. Collection contains over 8,000 international, historical and contemporary design examples

Museum of Design in Plastics

Bridport Museum

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

Bridport Museum

Durlston Country Park and Marine Project

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…

Durlston Country Park and Marine Project

Weymouth Sea Life Park & Marine Sanctuary

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.

Weymouth Sea Life Park & Marine Sanctuary

Shaftesbury Abbey Museum and Garden

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

Shaftesbury Abbey Museum and Garden

Portland Museum

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

Portland Museum

The Dinosaur Museum

Britain's only museum solely devoted to dinosaurs. Fossils, skeletons and life sized reconstructions, combined with audiovisual and hands-on displays.

The Dinosaur Museum

Roman Town House

4th century Roman villa discovered during excavations in the 1930s.

Roman Town House

Sherborne Castle

Built in 1594 by Sir Walter Raleigh. Set in 40 acres of landscaped gardens and grounds.

Sherborne Castle

Monkey World

65 acres homing over 150 rescued primates. Open daily.

Monkey World

Adventure Wonderland

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…

Adventure Wonderland

Farmer Palmers Farm

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.

Farmer Palmers Farm

Winspit Quarry

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…

Winspit Quarry

The Town Mill

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 Town Mill

Wareham Town Museum

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

Wareham Town Museum

Lulworth Castle and Park

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.

Lulworth Castle and Park

Sherborne Abbey

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.

Sherborne Abbey

The Dorset County Museum

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…

The Dorset County Museum

Palmers Brewery

Traditional brewery, which is the only thatched brewery in the UK. Tours culminate in a tasting session in the board room

Palmers Brewery

Lyme Regis Philpot Museum

The local history of Lyme Regis represented by maritime and domestic objects, and illustrated by painting, prints and photographs.

Lyme Regis Philpot Museum

Maggie's Donkeys

Enjoy a donkey ride across Weymouth Beach. Rides available from 11am to 5.30pm.

Maggie's Donkeys

Swanage Railway

Dorset's premier standard gauge preserved steam railway. Operates between Swanage and Norden, through the Isle of Purbeck.

Swanage Railway

Mapperton House and Gardens

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…

Mapperton House and Gardens

Forde Abbey and Gardens

Once a Cistercian monastery, Forde Abbey is now a privately owned country house with 1,600-acre of landscaped gardens.

Forde Abbey and Gardens

Maiden Castle

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

Maiden Castle

Abbotsbury Castle

Iron Age hill fort situated on Wears Hill above the village. Believed to have been the work of the Durotriges, a Celtic tribe

Abbotsbury Castle

Mangerton Mill

Working 17th c water mill and Museum of Rural Bygones. Also features tea rooms, cafe and craft centre

Mangerton Mill

Red House Museum and Gardens

Housed in a former Georgian workhouse the museum now features collections including local history, costume, geology, natural history and archaeology

Red House Museum and Gardens

Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum

This museum tells the harrowing tale of the Martyrs arrest, trial and punishment, set out in four sections.

Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum

Sherborne Old Castle

Ruined 12th century castle built for the Bishops of Salisbury. The castle was destroyed during the English Civil War by Parliamentary forces

Sherborne Old Castle

Sacred Heart Church

A Catholic Church dating from 1869.

Sacred Heart Church

Wimborne Minster

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…

Wimborne Minster

Bournemouth Quasar

Open daily. Games last for 25 minutes and are accompanied by instructional briefing.

Bournemouth Quasar

Kingston Russell

Large 17th century manor house and gardens originally the seat of the Russell family

Kingston Russell

Dorset Heavy Horse Centre

Shire horses in action plus other animals and activities for all ages

Dorset Heavy Horse Centre

Abbotsbury Swannery

The only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans.

Abbotsbury Swannery

Bournemouth Aviation Museum

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.

Bournemouth Aviation Museum

Royal Signals Museum

The national museum of Army communications, telling the story of military communications from the Napoleonic Wars onwards.

Royal Signals Museum

St Catherines Chapel

Small 15th century chapel set on the hill overlooking Abbotsbury and the coast beyond.

St Catherines Chapel

Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

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

Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

The Tank Museum

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.

The Tank Museum

Eggardon Hill Fort

Large, recently excavated Iron Age hillfort set high above the surrounding countryside.

Eggardon Hill Fort

Wimborne Minster Model Town

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…

Wimborne Minster Model Town

Place Mill

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

Place Mill

The Keep Military Museum

Touch screen computers, videos, medals, uniforms and medals representing Devonshire & Dorset Regiments and Yeomanry.

The Keep Military Museum

Bournemouth Oceanarium

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…

Bournemouth Oceanarium

St Peters Church

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

St Peters Church

Bennetts Water Gardens

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.

Bennetts Water Gardens

Corfe Castle Model Village And Gardens

A model of the 17th century village with working water mill, situated in an acre of gardens. Courtyard Tearoom and shop.

Corfe Castle Model Village And Gardens

Swanage Pier Trust

Recently restored Victorian Pier located at the Southern area of Swanage Bay

Swanage Pier Trust

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