Dorset Things to Do

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Dorset Things to Do

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Swanage Railway

    A nice way to see some of the Purbeck countryside is to take the train between Swanage and Norden, passing Herston Halt,Harmans Cross and Corfe Castle on route.The line runs for 6 miles, although plans are underway to extend this to Wareham.

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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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  • Dorchester

    We visited Dorchester on market Saturday.It was bustling and alive, and was a good day to visit the town and see the locals.This is the heart of Thomas Hardy country of course, and there are references to him in a few places as one walks around. There was also an impressive statue of him, seated, as we entered Dorchester. Not as much as the...

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  • Studland

    We reached Studland by going on the ferry, across from Poole.The toll gate for the ferry is this side. We paid and went on.Studland is renowned for its absolutely spectacular white chalky cliffs! I have a very hazy photo of a partial part of the cliff only unfortunately. Weather was really bad and it just didnt make sense to take the trek to the...

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  • Poole

    We drove through Poole and stopped twice, enjoying the atmosphere and people.Even though the weather had turned foul, there were still people about and lots of water sports happening! The winds were certainly very strong! One chap we watched was kite surfing, and he went on for quite a time! Not sure how he got back though...We went to the ferry,...

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  • Corfe Castle

    This was a delightful find!Corfe Castle is the name of the castle as well as the name of the little village itself!As you enter Corfe Castle, the castle ruins come into view, overlooking the town, on the hill. The hill it is on is very steep and one can imagine how, in war times, how very helpful this sheer hill side was in guarding the castle! The...

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  • East Lulworth ~ Lulworth Castle

    We visited here briefly, largely to see Lulworth Castle.Lulworth Castle is found in East Lulworth. We saw the outskirts and it has winding long lanes and lots of greenery.The castle is certainly majestic, with huge fortified towers and impressive latticed windows.There were loads of people and children there, it is family-friendly, although wheel...

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  • Swanage

    Swanage is another favourite Dorset town, after Cerne Abbas!It doesnt have a huge beach (Weybridge wins hands-down there!), but has a lot of character and some fantastic shops!I rarely enjoy shopping, and here I loved it. I will write more re the shops here on my Swanage page. There is something for everyone. My favourite shop being 'Curiousity'......

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  • Cerne Abbas

    This was the little village we stayed at when we visited Dorset.We fell in love with it!From its winding roads to its impressive church and abbey, from a very interesting cemetary (I love cemetteries!) to its renowned Royal Oak pub with its own Master Chef of England - with it's huge collection of teapots and tea cups hanging from the ceilings,...

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  • Christchurch

    Built at the point where the Rivers Stour and Avon meet on the Dorset coast, there has been a settlement here since the Iron Age, and was an important port in Saxon times - the river was navigable for boats as far as Salisbury. But the town developed mainly as a result of the Priory being founded in the 7th century, with the stone Priory begun in...

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  • Lulworth Cove

    Lulworth are two separate villages (East Lulworth and West Lulworth) on the Dorset coast approximately 10 miles from Corfe Castle and is most famous for its spectacular horse-shoe shaped cove and this part of the coast was recognised as a UNESCO World heritage site in 2001.

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  • Corfe Castle

    One of the most majestic of British ruins - Corfe Castle, standing proudly above the village of the same name. It's genesis is the late 10th century and Wiliam the Conqueror, who built the castle in the gap of the surrounding Purbeck Hills, an ideal location to protect Dorset and England from attack from the sea. As a royal castle, it was much...

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  • Purbeck

    The area known as Purbeck is one of Dorset’s best kept secrets. Its beautiful dramatic coastline has recently been awarded World Heritage status.Designated for its stunning beauty and amazing geological formations. You can explore hidden coves and Jurassic cliffs which is full of a wide variety of wildlife including dolphins, puffins and many other...

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  • Corfe Castle

    Corfe Castle is one of Britain's most majestic ruins.It is believed to be 1,000 years old, the castle dominates the skyline of the Isle of Purbeck. This castle has alot of history ~ eventful history, being an important stronghold since the time of William the Conqueror. However, the castle has not just fallen into disrepair: in 1646, following a...

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  • Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens

    I love visiting Botanical and Tropical gardens, I enjoy the escapism of wandering through environments not native to Britain. The Sub Tropical Gardens at Abbotsbury are beautiful. In the grounds of the destroyed Abbotsbury Castle, the gardens were first established in1765 as kitchen garden for the Countess of Ilchester. It has expanded to 20 acres...

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  • Chesil Beach

    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 of...

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  • Lyme Regis

    Lyme Regis sits aong the World Heritage Site Jurrasic coast, known for its world famous fosslis and geology. The town itself is a popular holiday resort, still retains much of its olde worlde charm with a small but pleasant beach. The film "French Lieutenants Woman" was fimed here in 1981. A nice memory I have of Lyme Regis is going in to a second...

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  • Portland Castle and Estate

    The Isle of Portland is very heavily fortified, driving around the island you see many fort walls & buildings dotter here and there. The Isle has belonged to the Crown since Saxon times, called the Portland Estate The castle was built in the 1540s by Henry the 8th as a precaution aginst invasions by the Spanish and French, it only really saw any...

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  • St Catherines Chapel

    The history of St Catherines Chapel is quite sketchy, its believed it was built in the 1300s, probably on the site of a Pagan Temple. You can see the Chapel from miles around, with it sitting alone 250 feet on top of a large hill, she is quite a landmark. The views from here are wonderful overlooking the Fleet (lagoon) and Chesil beach and of...

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  • Granite

    Portland is famous for its quality of granite, St Pauls Cathedral in London was made from Portland granite, taken by sea to London along the coast and up the River Thames, many of the houses here in the Isle are all granite block built too. This old crane once used to load barges with granite from the quarrys here, today it lifts small boats in to...

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  • The Other Lighthouses

    There are actually three lighthouses at Portland bill, the other 2 were decomissioned in 1869. This lighthouse is set inland a couple of hundred meters and is now a RSPB bird observatory, field centre and book shop, the actual light itself has been removed.

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