Attractions in Historic Houses

  • 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

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

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

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

  • The story of Dorset's rich landscape told in a series of facinating displays.

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

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

  • This Forte forms part of the defensives of Portland Harbour, a man-made enclosure of the old sheltered anchorage of Portland Roads.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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