Dorset Travel Guide

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    Memorial To George III
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Bournemouth

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214,479,209

Weymouth

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149,274,80

Lyme Regis

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46,108,3

Swanage

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46,157,27

Poole

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67,221,30

Dorchester

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69,222,28

West Lulworth

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22,57,1

Kimmeridge

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46,90,0

Corfe Castle

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57,200,4

Worth Matravers

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15,45,0

Studland

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18,93,0

Charmouth

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5,6,1

Bovington Camp

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16,31,0

Osmington

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4,4,1

Wareham

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13,89,2

Christchurch

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5,33,15

Shaftesbury

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2,5,9

Hamworthy

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1,5,0

Kingston

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2,21,0

Brownsea Island

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2,36,0

Boscombe

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1,54,0

Arne

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Portland

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2,10,0

Bournemouth

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  • The Eye

    Bournemouth Things to Do

    The Victorians pioneered tethered air ballon flights and they became very popular in London and Paris from the 1860's. As yet i have not managed a trip on this tethered helium filled air ballon,which reaches a height of 500 ft.Due to weather conditions it was not in operation on the day that i was there.The ballon cage holds up to 28 people and...

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  • Best Western The Connaught Hotel...

    Bournemouth Hotels

    Great location being very close to the town centre and beach. Free parking!!! Good food, good booze...

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  • Fly High In The Air Ballon.

    Bournemouth Things to Do

    The Victorians pioneered tethered air ballon flights and they became very popular in London and Paris from the 1860's.As yet i have not managed a trip on this tethered helium filled air ballon,which reaches a height of 500 ft.Due to weather conditions it was not in operation on the day that i was there.The ballon cage holds up to 28 people and from...

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Weymouth

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  • Great service and steak

    Weymouth Restaurants

    Friendly and classy. An extensive menu covering seafood and steak. The waiter was meticulous in his attention.I revisited this place last month. It was so busy I was invited to go sit in the bar next door where the attentive waiter served me from the restaurant! I had only scallops served with a salad but it was lovely. Sirloin steak so tender and...

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  • Hotel Rembrandt

    Weymouth Hotels

    The Sunday evening carvery at the Rembrandt was recommended to my sister and I as good quality and...

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  • Heart of Wessex Day Ranger

    Weymouth Transportation

    If you are in Weymouth and want to explore north of Weymouth there is rover ticket called a Heart of Wessex Day Ranger. Available after 08.20 this ticket allows unlimited travel between Weymouth - Westbury - Parson Street / Severn Beach / Pilning / Bristol Parkway plus Patchway - Yate - Bristol Parkway - Swindon - Trowbridge - Chippenham - Bath Spa...

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Lyme Regis

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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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  • Royal Lion

    Lyme Regis Hotels

    The Royal Lion is an old coaching inn, dating back to 1601, in the centre of Lyme. I've stayed there...

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  • Herbie's

    Lyme Regis Restaurants

    No visit to the seaside is complete without a dish of fish and chips eaten around the harbour. Herbie's Bar is a typical seafront kiosk selling take away food - burgers, pies - and fish and chips. But this one has been written up in the quality newspapers and is said to be the "best in the west". It is for fish and chips that Herbie's first became...

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Swanage

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  • Music - Live!

    Swanage Things to Do

    So many pubs put-on live music at weekends (and mid-week!)This is often folk, rock etc but is very varied with many popular, local bandsLook out for the twice-yearly Rock and Blues festivals, usually the first weekend in March and October.The Swanage Blues web site gives details and takes orders for the wristbands that give entry to the venues.

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  • Firstwood

    Swanage Hotels

    This reasonably priced B&B has 8 rooms. Our room was on the top floor, was very clean and it felt a...

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  • Swanage Pier

    Swanage Things to Do

    The first pier was built in 1859 and its main use was for shipping Purbeck stone.All that remains of this pier are a few wooden piles that are visible on the right hand side of the present one. Work on the present pier started in November 1895 and it was fully operational by March 1897.The pier offers something for everyone,with pleasure boat...

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Poole

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  • A Proper Caff!

    Poole Restaurants

    Even though I cook for a living, or perhaps because I cook for a living, I really appreciate simple basic grub and it doesn't get much simpler than a proper British caff. The South Coast Cafe (the "e" is silent in this case) down by the ferry port is an exemplar. The only modern bit is that it's in a "Portakabin" - one of those prefabricated,...

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  • Hotel du Vin Poole

    Poole Hotels

    This hotel is over 250 years old and you will find it in the old part of Poole close to the town...

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  • The Sandbanks To Shell Bay Chain Ferry

    Poole Transportation

    For those walking, cycling, or even driving, this section of the South Coast there is a regular ferry service across the narrow neck of the entrance to Poole Harbour between Sandbanks and Shell Bay to pick-up the footpath (and road) onwards to Studland, Swanage and the Jurassic Coast.This is quite a unique ferry in that it is propelled by...

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Dorchester

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  • Sculpture by the Lakes

    Dorchester Things to Do

    THE BEAUTY OF NATURE WITH BEAUTIFUL ART.This little piece of paradise can be found close to the market town of Dorchester.It is where you will find one of the most beautiful and unique sculpture parks in the U.K.The sculptures are created by one of the U.K leading contemporary sculptures,Simon Gudgeon.The park has been carefully landscaped and...

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  • Summer Lodge

    Dorchester Hotels

    9 Fore Street, Evershot, Dorchester, DT2 0JR, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal...

    Dorchester Things to Do

    During the First World War the estate was purchased by the Hanburys,a well known family who also owned La Morola in Italy.In the Second World War,the estate was taken over by the American Armed Forces.The garden became a wilderness,the lake silted up and the surrounding parkland was used as a fuel storage depot for the D - Day landings.From 1949 it...

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West Lulworth

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  • up, up and to Durdle!

    West Lulworth Things to Do

    Whichever you slice or dice it, it is a steep, old climb to get up to the top...The views are spectacular.

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  • The Beach Hotel

    West Lulworth Hotels

    Wareham, West Lulworth, BH20 5RQ, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Couples

  • cream teas and tat!

    West Lulworth Things to Do

    On the walk down to the cove there are plenty of little shops selling cream teas, ince-creams and assorted things... it's a pretty little walk down... and you SHOULD have a cream tea which is a pot of tea and sonces with clotted cream and jam. This is THE taste of Dorset, Devon and Cornwall and no trip here could be complete without!I don;t like...

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Kimmeridge

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  • Fine Foundation Marine Centre,Kimmeridge...

    Kimmeridge Things to Do

    The marine centre which overlooks Kimmeridge Bay is an interesting place to visit.A vital source of information about the local sealife with interactive displays.If this display should encourage you to put your head underwater or even checkout the rock pools then you will not be disappointed.I have snorkelled in the bay many times,seeing a good...

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  • Walk from Kimmeridge village to...

    Kimmeridge Things to Do

    The walk starts at the car park next to the Clavell Cafe,which is a lovely place for a coffee,lunch or cream tea.From the car park turn left and this will take you through this pretty village with its thatched cottages.As you carry on towards the sea the road takes you through green fields with sheep grazing on the hillside.After you pass the...

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  • Excellent local meat and fish.

    Kimmeridge Restaurants

    Have visited this cafe several times and always found this family run business to be first rate.A varied menu with much of the meat coming from the family run farm,and the fresh fish from Kimmeridge Bay.Service has always been good,although when they are really busy at the height of summer you may have a longer wait.This is a nice place for a break...

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Corfe Castle

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  • Good place to visit after seeing Corfe...

    Corfe Castle Restaurants

    You can find the Tea Rooms in the town square in Corfe Castle close to the castle entrance.This is a pleasant place to visit after looking around the village and the castle,here you can either sit outside in the garden with views onto the castle,or if the weather is unkind go inside .A good selection of food is available,all from locally sourced...

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  • Mortons House Hotel

    Corfe Castle Hotels

    49 East Street, Corfe Castle, BH20 5EE, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Tyneham Village

    Corfe Castle Off The Beaten Path

    This outing was the recommendation of the owner of our B&B, and a very good recommendation it proved to be! You can only visit Tyneham at the weekend, and in the school summer holidays; the rest of the time it is inaccessible because it is situated on Ministry of Defence land used as for military firing ranges. Until 1943 Tyneham was a typical...

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Worth Matravers

  • Square and Compass - A pub with a...

    Worth Matravers Things to Do

    The Newham family have owned and run this pub for generations.Within the pub you will find a small museum,with most of the exhibits coming from Purbeck,but some are from other localities such as Lyme Regis,north Somerset coast and Whitby.The collection of fossils have been found by members of the family that own the pub.Most are from Purbeck and...

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  • The Square and Compass.

    Worth Matravers Things to Do

    This is a pub with views overlooking the village out towards the sea.Plenty of outside seating on stone benches.A very unusual pub in that it doesn't have a bar counter,so all food and drink is served through a couple of serving hatches.Excellent selection of drinks, with some good real ales,around 15 different ciders and 20 malt whiskies.The only...

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  • Quaint Dorset tea room

    Worth Matravers Restaurants

    The charm of this little restaurant is in the decoration.It has a vintage feel about it,with its mismatched china and cutlery,together with a variety of dining room chairs which include church pews.Even the music which plays softly in the background takes you back to the 1940s.When the weather is fine eating outside in the delightful garden is a...

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Studland

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  • Sandbanks to Studland ferry.

    Studland Transportation

    Sandbanks ferry is a chain ferry which crosses the entrance of Poole harbour in Dorset.The route connects Sandbanks with Studland and in doing so avoids a 25 mile journey by road.The ferry runs from 7am until 11pm and the normal service departs every 20 mins from each terminal.Tolls : Cars £3.50p,Pedestrians £1 (one way charge only,from Sandbanks...

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  • STUDLAND - Coastal walk with great sea...

    Studland Off The Beaten Path

    A nice place to visit is the village of Studland in Dorset where you can take the walk out to Old Harry Rocks.When you get to Studland village (coming from Corfe Castle direction) take a right turn at the crossroads and follow the road until you come to the Bankes Arms hotel.Next to the hotel you will find a National Trust car park,parking £4 all...

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  • A cafe with sea views.

    Studland Restaurants

    A pleasant place for a visit Summer or Winter.The cafe is situated almost on the beach and is in a lovely location overlooking the sea.The cafe serves a full menu be it breakfast,lunch or tea,as well as a variety of drinks,alcoholic or non alcoholic.Seating is available inside or outside the cafe.During the Winter months the cafe has a nice wood...

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Charmouth

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  • Guidance on photography in churches:...

    Charmouth Warnings and Dangers

    Visiting churches is one of the absolute highlights of a trip to Europe, and provides a fascinating insight into the culture which has shaped European cultures of the past couple of millenia.Unlike some other religions - where access to places of worship may be restricted to members of that religious group or a specific gender - the vast majority...

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  • White House

    Charmouth Hotels

    The Street, Charmouth, Charmouth, DT6 6PJ, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Seek out animals (living and fossil) in...

    Charmouth Things to Do

    Ever since I was tiny, I have adored rockpools, and not much has changed over the intervening years! Fortunately my husband and my kids share this passion, and so we are more likely to be found heading for a rock-strewn coastline than an uninterrupted sweep of pristine sand!Charmouth's rockpools are wonderful, as the cliffs continually collapse to...

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Bovington Camp

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  • Visit the cottage of Lawrence of Arabia.

    Bovington Camp Things to Do

    Clouds Hill is the name of the cottage were Lawrence of Arabia spent time here away from his Army life.The small brick and tile cottage has tiny rooms with little natural light,and are much as he left them.He relied on candle power in the cottage as there was know electric.His motor bike shed has now been turned into an exhibition about his...

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  • And here it is

    Bovington Camp Things to Do

    We walked around the odd looking cottage to find the door, the front of the building was even more peculiar looking as it had no windows apart from a small sky light in the roof. On entering the house I paid my entrance (Freya was free) & noted no photos where allowed so planned to buy postcards at the end. Headed up the stairs, which were in the...

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  • Off to Church........

    Bovington Camp Things to Do

    Continuing on to the grave, we found ourselves at St Nicholas at Moreton a couple of miles away. We had a walk around the small graveyard to no avail, deciding his grave must be in the church we went in to find a tour group having a talk by a guide. It turns out Freya & I had stumbled on what was considered the greatest work of art made in Dorset...

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Osmington

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  • Pleasant Dorset Inn.

    Osmington Restaurants

    The inn dates back to the 13th century and was known to be the home of the leader of a gang of smugglers in the 18th-19th century.Set in a nice sheltered position between two hills with great views across the sea to Portland Bill and Weymouth.Outside eating area makes this a nice spot for lunch or evening dinner during good weather. Service was...

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  • Old Coastguard Cottages

    Osmington Hotels

    Osmington Mills, , Dorset, England S33

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

  • Great food, friendly staff

    Osmington Restaurants

    The Sunray is Osmington's only pub / restaurant. We came there after a long day of walking and were really hungry. After a look on the menu we knew that we would be well catered for. The majority of dishes is rather international, but you can find some British pub food as well. I went for the Chicken Fajitas which were really good and the serving...

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Wareham

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  • Do Not Miss This!

    Wareham Restaurants

    Having visited this restaurant a couple of times for the lunchtime buffet and so enjoyed it i decided to try the evening menu.This restaurant has only been under new management for the last 9 months but is already receiving much acclaim from the locals and tourists that visit here.I was so glad that i had booked a table as i was informed by the...

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  • Lulworth Cove Hotel

    Wareham Hotels

    Main Road, West Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5R

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Wareham Forest.

    Wareham Off The Beaten Path

    Situated on the outskirts of Wareham in Dorset the forest is mainly heathland and pine woods.The forest is overseen by the Forestry Commision for conservation and recreation.There are several parking places around the forest,one of which is just off the A35 on the Morden road (B3075).The Sika trail runs for 7 miles around the forest,this is...

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Top Dorset Hotels

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Poole Hotels
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Lyme Regis Hotels
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Charmouth Hotels
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