Attractions in Historic Houses

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

  • A 280 acre countryside paradise, consisting of sea-cliffs, coastal limestone downland, haymeadows, hedgerows and woodland.

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • Located in East Dorset is Knoll Gardens, a year round tourist attraction that is attached to a nursery and is home to over 5,000 plant species including many rare varieties.

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