Dorset Things to Do

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Dorset Things to Do

  • The Eye

    Bournemouth Things to Do

    I haven't been up in this myself but it does look like a fun thing to do. I'm not sure whether there's been a bit of controversy recently but there seems to have been a name change in that the "Eye" is now the "Balloon" - maybe the London Eye got jealous? But anyway, this is a helium-filled balloon which is fixed to the ground by a steel cable...

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  • Fossil Hunting

    Lyme Regis Things to Do

    Because the relatively soft limestone cliffs around Lyme are subject to constant erosion and landslips they regularly disgorge Jurassic age fossils which can be found on the local beaches. The fossils are deemed to be "owned" by the landowners (in most cases The National Trust) but in order not to discourage collectors, whether amateur or...

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  • Jurassic Coast

    Dorset Things to Do

    The immense Chesil Beach is part of the Jurassic Coast, which has World Heritage Status. The beach stretches for 15 miles westwards from the Isle of Portland. In places the pebble beach reaches a height of 18 meters (60 foot) , its quite an impressive sight. Along the area which connects Portland to the mainland is The Chesil Beach Centre, full...

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  • Aquarium

    Bournemouth Things to Do

    Great selection of marine life and displays, kept me and the family entertained for hours. A little pricey on entry(£9) but had a discount as a student. Immerse yourself in a sea of colour, with 8 spectacular recreated environments which are: 1.Marvel at peculiar catfish, graceful freshwater rays and the intriguing red devil cichlids in the...

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  • Walking

    Lyme Regis Things to Do

    Broad Street is the primary street in Lyme Regis, and is lined with places to eat and shop. It goes up the hill from the center by the car parks. When you reach the top you can veer left on Pound Street a short way, then left again on Cobb Road, which leads you quickly down to Cobb Square. This is the point that the Cobb stretches out to the sea...

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  • Pier

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    Bournemouth Things to Do

    I almost forgot to write a tip about this! It’s right under my nose, and one of the town’s “attractions”, but... It is one of those icons of English seaside resorts. Compulsory. Many seem to rot and collapse, but this one was restored in the 1970s. It has a theatre and bar/restaurant on it, as well as a handful of fairground rides - presumably...

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  • The Cobb

    Lyme Regis Things to Do

    Lyme's port is protected by a harbour wall known as The Cobb, which has been destroyed and rebuilt on many occasions over the centuries during extreme storms. In addition to providing a handy structure on which to install defences such as cannon, The Cobb protrudes out a considerable distance to sea from the coast and could well be the forebear of...

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  • Beach

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    Bournemouth Things to Do

    Of course I knew that Bournemouth was a beach town, but when I went to the beach on my first afternoon in town, it took my breath away for a short moment. I really had not expected such an impressive sight! Bournemouth is located at Poole Bay, a beautiful stretch of sand, 16km long! It runs all the way from Old Harry Rocks in the west to...

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  • The Undercliff

    Lyme Regis Things to Do

    Years of extensive landslides have created a beautiful and unique natural site, conserved now in the Undercliffs National Nature Reserve. A series of cliffs between Lyme Regis and Seaton to the west are connected by the South West Coast Path National Trail (a long, 630 mile trail system), which continues further in both directions. But this...

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  • Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

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    Bournemouth Things to Do

    A wonderful museum that surprised me very much! I read about it in my travel guide and decided to go. The museum is located on the east cliff, a beautiful location overlooking the ocean. In the front there is a small, lovely garden, and the house looks very interesting. It looked quite small, though, so when I entered and walked around, I was very...

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  • Guildhall & Tourist Information

    Lyme Regis Things to Do

    Judging by the number of Forum Questions about relevant holiday reading I know I am not alone in looking for suitable holiday reading. On our first visit "real" visit to Dorset we found in our holiday cottage an impressive selection of local information including "Dorset - The Complete Guide" by Jo Draper. It is the kind of book I like, perhaps...

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  • The Gardens

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    Bournemouth Things to Do

    The Gardens are formed of three different parts: The Upper Gardens, the Central Gardens and the Lower Gardens. They are located in the town centre and are a lovely place to have a stroll. They lead from the northern part of Bournemouth all the way down to the beach, a large area of green lawns, wonderful pine trees, pretty flower beds and...

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  • Day Trips

    Lyme Regis Things to Do

    While you are in the area of Lyme Regis, there are good reasons to make the short excursion to the town of Beer. This delightful town has less tourist than Lyme Regis but is surely worth a visit. The beach is pretty (but stones and pebbles, not sand), and used to be known as a smuggling base; it still works as a place for fishing boats. The town...

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  • Hiking

    Lyme Regis Things to Do

    At 630 miles long the SWCP is Britain's longest footpath, following the coastline from Minehead in Somerset, round via Land's End and on to Poole in Dorset. Lyme Regis makes for a great place to join the path for a day hike (or indeed to stop off during the course of a longer one). To the east there is quite a strenuous hike up to Golden Cap, the...

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  • Local Notables

    Lyme Regis Things to Do

    The plaque on the wall of the Guildhall commerorates Sir George Somers who was born in Lyme Regis in 1554, became Mayor and later Member of Parliament for the Town. He was, in many ways, typical of those adventurous men of the first Elizabethan Age and lived a colourful, daring and courageous life.. A friend of Sir Walter Raleigh he had access to...

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  • Marine Aquarium

    Lyme Regis Things to Do

    Lyme's Marine Aquarium is in the row of former warehouses on the Cobb. There's informative exhibitions of the local fish and other sea creatures who inhabit the bay. I see enough of the things at work and so gave it a miss but for a rainy day thing to do (if you're not a pub person) it looks quite interesting. On the wall outside there's a...

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  • Volunteer Inn

    Lyme Regis Things to Do

    Being more than a seagull's spit from the front this The Volunteer Inn offers an escape from the hordes. Although having said that it can seem like hordes when there's more than half-a-dozen people in the cosy public bar. The beer's good (and cheaper than most) and the staff and locals friendly and chatty. I only had time for a very quick pint but...

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  • Town Mill

    Lyme Regis Things to Do

    The old Town Mill in Lyme Regis was in operation for several centuries until being closed in 1926. Thankfully it has been restored and redeveloped as a working waterwheel driven mill and small shop complex. They make stone-ground flour and sell artisan goods, crafts etc, along with having a small bistro. A small gallery showcases paintings and...

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  • Diving

    Lyme Regis Things to Do

    Many wrecks lie at the bottom of Lyme Bay and you can dive them from Lyme or Westbay. This is English waters so a dry suit is a must unless you wait until later in the season (August September) when a semi-dry 7mm will do if you're not to sensitive to cold. Recommended boat & Skipper: the Miss Pattie and skipper John Walker

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  • Rock Point Inn

    Lyme Regis Things to Do

    Whilst the Cobb Arms is, in my opinion, the town's best located pub the Rock Point Inn isn't far behind. The pub itself is a bit bland and plasticky but the terrace overlooking the bay has stunning views and even in the rain the lounge bar's window tables offer the same. It's also opposite the bus stop and so handy for a quick one when waiting for...

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  • Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal...

    Although Kingston Maurward is a college that provides courses in agriculture and horticulture it also has a visitor centre where the general public can visit the gardens,lake and animal park.It is situated in 35 acres of the Dorset countryside close to the town of Dorchester.There is a cafe at the entrance where hot and cold drinks are...

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  • Christchurch

    Christchurch is a town on the south coast in the county of Dorset and lies between Bournemouth and the New Forest, the town has a unique location at the meeting of the rivers Stour and Avon. Christchurch also has a great choice of restaurants using the catch from its own natural harbour and the local fishing boats. Must see sights/attractions...

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  • Boscombe

    Boscombe in Dorset is a suburb of Bournemouth that developed quickly from a small village as a seaside resort alongside Bournemouth after the first Boscombe pier was opened in 1889. The town also has beautiful gardens and a flourishing local tourism industry. The main shopping area is based around a pedestrian precinct, including part of Sea Road,...

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  • Bournemouth

    Bournemouth is a modern busy seaside resort with a mixture of old and new buildings jutting up above the line of the cliffs and treetops. Bournemouth’s seven-mile stretch of white sandy beaches, backed by high sandstone cliff, has a promenade that is lined with multi-coloured beach huts, there are many bars, cafes and arcades along the route, these...

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  • Swanage

    Swanage, located on the south coast of England was originally a small port and fishing village, today it is a popular tourist resort attracted by its “Blue Flag” beaches sheltered from the north by Ballard Down and at the south, Peveril Point. Must see sights/attractions include: the Steam Railway, the Victorian Pier, St Mary’s Church, Swanage...

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  • West Bay

    West Bay is a small fishing harbour, previously known as Bridport Harbour and is situated at the mouth of the River Brit approximately 1.5 miles south of Bridport between Eype with Seatown to the west and Freshwater with Burton Bradstock to the east. The resort is located at the western end of Chesil Beach in an area that forms part of the Dorset...

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  • Shaftesbury

    Shaftesbury is a small Market town in Dorset that is also one of the oldest and highest towns in England and has magnificent views over the Blackmore Vale. Must see sights/attractions include: Gold Hill, the Abbey Gardens, St Peter’s Church and the Town Hall to name but a few.June 2014See My Travel Page for more information.

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  • Portland

    Portland, Dorset is sometimes referred to as the Isle of Portland and is in fact a tied island 4 miles long by 1.5 miles wide and reached by a narrow causeway. Must see sights/attractions include: Portland Bill Lighthouse, Portland Castle, Portland Museum and Chesil Beach to name but a few.June 2014See My Travel Page for more information.

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  • Lyme Regis

    Lyme Regis is situated in Lyme Bay on the Dorset coast and is known for the fossils that can be found in the local cliffs and beaches. The town features in the Domesday Book and is home to many historical landmarks as well as being a popular holiday destination. Must see sights/attractions include: the Cobb (harbour wall), the Watermill, St...

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  • Corfe Castle

    Corfe castle is actually a village in Dorset and shares its name with the adjoin castle ruins, within the village there is a range of shops, pubs, restaurants, teahouses, a model village and two free museums. Must see sights/attractions include: the ruins of the castle, Saint Edwards church, the War memorial and the museum/Town Hall to name but a...

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  • Bridport

    Bridport is a busy market town in Dorset that is located about 1.5 miles from the coast; the town revolves around South Street, where there is an abundance of shops and include the 13th-century St. Mary's parish church, the 14th-century chantry and the 16th-century Bridport Museum. Must see sights/attractions include: Bridport Arts Centre,...

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  • Look out over West Bay

    On the coast about a mile south of Bridport is the small town of West Bay. It has developed significantly since I last visited twenty years ago and it now has a well defended harbour and a thriving collection of associated shops around the port.I wanted to get a better view of the coastline and so climbed the steep hill above the town. From here...

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  • Poole

    Poole is a large coastal town located on the south coast in the county of Dorset and has the largest natural harbour in Europe and the claimant of the title of second largest natural harbour in the world after Sydney Harbour. Must see sights include: Poole Quay, Brownsea Island, the Lighthouse Arts Centre and Sandbanks to name but a few.September...

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  • A striking 17th century house with fine...

    KINGSTON LACY: The 17th century house,gardens and grounds are in a lovely country setting ,close to the town of Wimborne Minster in the county of Dorset. The gardens consist of several different features such as a Rose garden,Victorian fernery,sunk garden,Camellia walk,Japanese garden,Kitchen garden,Woodland walk,winter garden and a Lime and Cedar...

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  • Worth a Stop.

    A busy airfield with a bar, restaurant and runway terrace, giving great views of the surrounding countryside and aircraft.Flying training and flights available from here. Asil Nadir flew from here in May 1993 to France in a Piper aircraft, finally ending up in Northern Cyprus.

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  • Kingston Lacy

    The grand stately home of Kingston Lacy, close to the picturesque town of Wimborne Minster and amongst countryside filled with thatched cottages, is a feast of lavish interior design and beautiful (and extensive) gardens. The house was built as the new home of the Bankes family in the late 17th century after their original home, Corfe Castle, was...

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  • Weymouth

    Weymouth is a traditional British seaside town with a long stretch of golden sand, safe water, promenade, pedestrian precinct and a host of shops and restaurants. There are lots to do for children on the beach with donkey rides, Punch and Judy, sand sculpting and many other traditional British seaside pursuits.September 1997

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  • Abbotsbury

    Abbotsbury is a quaint, if busy village, most of the houses here have thatched roofs and are very uniform sandstone built. The area is steeped in history, with evidence of middle stone age man living here, dating back 6000 years. Nice cafes & gift shops, from here you can park as start your walk to St Catherines Chaple on a near by hill. If you are...

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  • Visit Monkey World

    Although we had lived in Dorset almost 10 years we only discovered Monkey World last year!! We became hooked on the Monkey Business series and decided to adopt a monkey each and go as often as we like! Apes are rescued from around the world by the owners and keepers. Our daughter even got involved in fund raising for them and so far has raised...

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  • Carpets of Snowdrops - Kingston Lacey

    On a very grey and damp day in mid February it was a great pleasure to see some wintery signs of life emerging out of the cold wet ground. At Kingston Lacy, a National Trust property near Wimborne in Dorset, it is possible to see large swathes of woodland floor covered with these delicate white flowers. The photo shows them in the woodland at its...

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  • RSPB Arne Reserve

    This famous reserve due west of Poole Harbour is a stronghold of the Dartford Warbler, a small but characteristic bird that overwinters on the reserve unlike most of its other warbler relatives that head off south to warmer climes. We were lucky enough to see one pop up and perch prominently on the heather. It gave out a short burst of song before...

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  • Jurassic coast & Abottsbury

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

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  • Seaside Weymouth

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

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  • Cerne Giant

    A fogure 55m(180ft) long, Giant is naked apart from belt or girdle and holds a knobby culb (37m/120ft) above his head.Also, he has the erect 6m(20ft) Pxxxx ?! Wow!(some recent reports suggest that this has grown since earlier times,when there may have been a navel....)

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  • Weymouth

    Coming from South Africa, we are used to sprawling white beaches with fine sand, blue skies and rolling waves... here the waves werent exactly rolling, but the sky was blue, the sun was hot... the sand wasnt that fine, but a lot finer than other pebbly beaches we have been to in England.They have lovely facilities here for the kids! Bumper rides,...

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