Fun things to do in Dorset

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    Dorset County Town

    by freya_heaven Updated Aug 6, 2005

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    Dorchester is such an interesting little town if you like museums, there are so many here, from the Terracotta Army Museum, wonderful Tutankhamun & Mummy Exhibitions, Teddy Bear & Dinosaur Museums just to name a few. See my main Dorchester page for more details.

    Here is the county town of Dorchester and there is plenty of evidence of Roman life here 2000 years ago. Sitting a just few miles inland it is a great base for exploring Dorset.

    Dorchester Centre
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    Lyme Regis cliffs

    by munki Written Apr 3, 2005

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    Lyme Regis is famous for the great concentration of fossils in the coastal cliffs. Keen Fossil-hunters hammers the soft limestone and clay rocks of the cliff. The local authorities do not recommend to get to close to the cliff base as there is a small chance that rocks could collapse and advice to search for fossils at the shore of the beach.

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    Weymouth beach

    by munki Written Apr 3, 2005

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    Weymouth is a popular destination for families with a few attractions; the most popular ones are the Sea Life Park, The Timewalk and the Deep See adventure.
    If you want a break, there is always the beach…

    Weymouth beach

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    Maiden Castle II, Dorchester

    by munki Written Apr 3, 2005

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    This fortified site is huge in size, but unless you are a cow or a grass eater, there is not much to do apart from enjoying the views and climbing up and down the sharply inclined ridges. The grassy steep crests are very popular with local joggers.

    Maiden Castle, Dorchester

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    Maiden Castle, Dorchester

    by munki Written Apr 3, 2005

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    Maiden Castle, Dorchester

    Maiden Castle is a very unique prehistoric fortified site at the south outskirts of the Dorchester. Its ramparts and ditches have a defensive function against invaders. It is a gentle 10-15 minutes uphill wall from the car park. There is no entrance fee.

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    The Giant, Cerne Abbas

    by munki Written Apr 2, 2005

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    Cerne Abbas village is known for the fifty-five metres giant carved on a chalk hillside. The giant is a fertility symbol as his erectile organ can be seen from the car park at the road. If you want a closer look you are welcome to climb the hill by following the path by the care park, however note that the giant is protected with a barbed wired fence.

    The Giant, Cerne Abbas

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    Gold Hill. Shaftesbury

    by munki Updated Apr 2, 2005

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    Shaftesbury is a picturesque town with eighteenth century cottages, abbey ruins and cobbled streets. Gold hill is a busy spot for photograph lovers. In my opinion the best place to take a shot is from the Town Hall next to St Peter’s Church on the market place.

    Gold Hill, Shatestbury

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    Corfe Castle

    by Gerrem Written Mar 13, 2005

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    The medieval castle, commanding a gap in the Purbeck ridge, is now an imposing ruin and a popular tourist centre drawing on it’s many years of history.

    There is belief it may have been a Roman defensive site, but the castle we see the ruins of today was a rebuild in the 11th century of what was a wood castle back into the 9th century.

    The village and its famous castle are built mainly from the local Purbeck stone which is probably the finest limestone available for building and polishing in England, and is used throughout the world.

    In the 13th century King John went to great lengths improving his accommodation and the defences. He built a fine hall and chapel together with domestic buildings. Henry III constructed additional walls, towers and gatehouses

    Monarchs had come and gone until 1572 when Queen Elizabeth I sold it to Sir Christopher Hatton, her dancing master and some suppose a suitor.

    In 1635 the Castle was sold to Sir John Bankes, the then Lord Chief Justice, more as a holiday home rather than as a first home.

    By 1643 the Parliamentarians occupied most of Dorset, the castle then survived a six-week siege. Sir John Bankes died in 1644 and the castle endured a number of half-baked blockades. Later in 1645 a second siege was started by Colonel Bingham, Governor of Poole, and courtesy of an insider the Roundheads took over in February 1646.

    The Castle was systematically destroyed by the Parliamentary forces, but the fact that some remains is surely testimony to strength of construction.

    Ownership remained with the Bankes Family until 1982 when it was bequeathed to the National Trust.

    More pictures will follow in a travalogue!

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    Jurassic coast & Abottsbury

    by MAIGO Written Jul 10, 2007

    This is the England's first natural World Heritage site.
    There is from Dorset to east Devon coastline, its outstanding
    geology which represents 185 million years of earth history
    in just 152km.

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    Seaside Weymouth

    by MAIGO Updated Jul 10, 2007

    Weymouth, an old harbour and resort with lateGeorgian buildings
    stands on bothsides on the Wey.
    This is very lovely seaside town.

    Weymouth Beach Old Harbor king GeorgeIII, Weymouth patron
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    Lyme Regis beach

    by munki Written Apr 3, 2005

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    The Cobb, an artificial harbour wall which protects the town from the rough sea, offers great views of the beach and surroundings cliffs.

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    Old Harbour, Weymouth

    by munki Written Apr 3, 2005

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    Weymouth is another seaside resort with a picturesque old harbour full of trawlers and yachts. The Esplanade is packed with Georgian houses all with great view of the long beach.

    Old  Harbour, Weymouth

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    Abbey Church, Sherborne

    by munki Updated Apr 2, 2005

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    Abbey Church and the rest of the monastic buildings were rebuilt in the fifteenth century. This brave local couple enjoys a few rays of winter sun.

    Abbey Church, Sherborne

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    Market Square, Sherborne

    by munki Written Apr 2, 2005

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    Sherborne is another charming little town with lots of old houses. The market square gives a flavour of Old England.

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    Almhouse II , Sherborne

    by munki Updated Apr 2, 2005

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    The Almhouse red and black tiled floors and the stone pots of flowers don’t make you think that this was once a medieval hospital.

    Almhouse , Sherborne

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