Local Attractions

 

Adventure WonderlandAdventure Wonderland

Hurn

2011 Winner of Dorset’s Best Family Attraction- Awarded by Primary Times (as voted by parents of 4-11 year olds)

It’s no wonder that it’s a full day’s fun at Dorset’s number 1 family theme park, with even more to do and see than ever before! Now there are over 30 family rides and attractions at…

Weymouth Sea Life Adventure ParkWeymouth Sea Life Adventure Park

Weymouth

Come and visit us at Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park and experience a whole world of discovery and fun! Explore our fantastic 7 acre site by the sea and you’ll embark on a journey like no other!

• Discover over 1000 incredible creatures including snapping crocs, adorable penguins, playful…

Farmer Palmer’s Farm ParkFantastic family fun, designed for 8 & unders!

Poole

Farmer Palmer’s is where young adventurers (eight years and under) can frankly ‘let their hair down’ without older children around to stifle their enjoyment!

Different animal activities every half hour, means you can mix these with the many dedicated and natural play areas where the children can…

Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park and Rescue CentreHorses, farm animals, pony rides, daily shows

Verwood

Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park and Rescue Centre offers a unique mix of educational fun for all ages. Set amongst splendid countryside views, the park offers free wagon, tractor trailer rides and then the chance to experience driving a vintage tractor. Listen and learn in the interesting daily show;…

Barford Farm Ice Cream GardenEnjoy an ice cream cone in the beautiful gardens

Sturminster Marshall, Wimborne

Barford Farmhouse Ice Cream Garden & Shop

The award winning ice cream is made on the farm, using milk from a local herd of Jersey cows. We use only natural ingredients with fruit sourced locally where possible. We also make creamy sorbets using 50% fruit.

The Shop sells ice cream and sorbet…

Fancys Family FarmFancys Family Farm

Portland

Fancys Family Farm is a new community farm on Portland in Dorset and is the home to the only flock of rare breed Portland Sheep on Portland. We also have goats, alpacas, geese, chickens, pigs and Poppy and Ozzie the farm dogs. We are open every day between 10am and dusk and welcome visitors. Bring…

Lulworth Castle & ParkLulworth Castle in Winter

Wareham

Walk in the footsteps of Kings and Queens as you enjoy wide open spaces, historic buildings and stunning landscapes. Built as a Hunting Lodge in 1608, this Castle has been owned by the same family for over 365 years. Inside the Castle is a wealth of fascinating history, follow their fortunes, fate…

Margaret Green Animal RescueMGFT Animal Sanctuary

Church Knowle, Wareham

Animal Sanctuary and Visitor Centre in the Purbecks rescuing a variety of animals including cats, horses, farm animals, rabbits and other small furries and birds (dogs at our Winterborne Kingston Centre).

Picnic in some of Dorset’s most beautiful scenery, feel free to wander around and see the…

Monkey World – Ape Rescue CentreMonkey World - Make the connection

WAREHAM

Monkey World, the internationally-acclaimed ape rescue centre, is home to over 230 rescued and endangered monkeys and apes. Combining fun with conservation , half-hourly talks explain all about man’s closest living relative. See the stars of TV’s ‘‘Monkey Life’, then ‘monkey around’ in the south’s…

Honeybrook FarmNone

WIMBORNE

Honeybrook has been a working farm for over 500 years. Nestled beside the River Allen, near Wimborne, we are still farming and producing food. We rear pork and free range beef and lamb, produce and pasteurise our own milk and cream. The eggs, vegetables and flowers are from the farm and are for…

 

UK LlamasLlama trekking on Golden Cap

BEAMINSTER

Walking with Llamas is a unique and very relaxing experience. These hardy, extremely agile and elegant animals are gentle, easy to handle and great fun to be with. Our Llamas will capture your heart and provide you with an experience you will treasure forever. Discover Dorset with a difference!

Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal ParkKingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park

DORCHESTER

Kingston Maurward Gardens are set deep in Hardy’s Dorset and are listed on the English Heritage register of gardens. The gardens include grand floral displays, stone terraces, topiary, a lake and temple. The Animal Park is a firm favourite with children and home to an interesting collection of…

Abbotsbury Children’s FarmAbbotsbury Children's Farm

WEYMOUTH

The Children’s Farm is home to a large variety of animals. Children can bottle feed baby goats twice daily, cuddle the guinea pigs and meet the rabbits, donkeys, cows and pigs. There is goat racing twice a day, a large indoor playbarn with ball pool, plus pony rides and an educational display about…

Abbotsbury SwanneryNone

Abbotsbury

The 600-year-old swannery is a natural history paradise. Home to the only managed colony of free-flying mute swans in the world that visitors can walk among. During the nesting and hatching period (end May-end June), it is possible to be standing next to hatching eggs. On average, over 100 nests…

 

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Abbotsbury Swannery
For over 600 years this colony of friendly mute swans has made its home at the Abbotsbury Sanctuary.

Athelhampton House and Gardens
Athelhampton House is a fine 15th century manor house and is surrounded by one of the finest architectural gardens of England.

The Blue Pool
Dorset’s unique and tranquil beauty spot close to the ancient town of Wareham.

Brownsea Island
Atmospheric island of heath and woodland with wide variety of wildlife. National Trust property.

The Children’s Farm
The ancient Tithe Barn at Abbotsbury is home to a host of friendly farm animals.

Clouds Hill
The rural retreat of T. E. Lawrence. National Trust property.

Condor Ferries
Condor Ferries Weymouth Terminal is easily accessible and offers a range of facilities. Our services operate between Weymouth and Guernsey, Jersey and St. Malo, Brittany.

Corfe Castle 
A thousand year old castle in ruins rising above the Isle of Purbeck. National Trust property.

Cricket St Thomas
Wildlife Park

The Dinosaur Museum
The incredible world of dinosaurs comes alive in Dorchester.

Dorset County Museum
A independent museum, owned and managed by the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society.

Forde Abbey and Gardens
A fascinating house and glorious gardens.

Hardy Monument
Monument to Vice-Admiral Hardy. National Trust property.

Hardy’s Cottage
Birthplace of novelist and poet Thomas Hardy. National Trust property.

Highcliffe Castle
A 19th century castle built on the site previously occupied by High Cliff, a Georgian mansion designed for the 3rd Earl of Bute (a founder of Kew Gardens), with grounds laid out by Capability Brown.

Kingston Lacy
Elegant country mansion with important collections, set in attractive formal gardens and extensive parkland. National trust property.

Kingston Maurward Animal Park and Gardens
Donkeys, goats, sheep, pot bellied pigs and many other animals to see.

Lulworth Castle and Park
The estate offers many attractions and beautiful countryside to explore.

Minterne Gardens
The Minterne Valley, landscaped in the manner of Capability Brown in the 18th Century. The gardens are laid out in a horseshoe below Minterne House, with a chain of small lakes, waterfalls and streams.

Max Gate
Home of novelist and poet Thomas Hardy. National Trust property.

Monkey World
Set amongst the woodland of Dorset lays 65 acres of sanctuary for over 150 primates.

The Purbeck Vineyard
A new vineyard for a new century!

Royal Signals Museum
The national museum of Army communications and the exhibits and displays show the part that communications have played in the many wars and campaigns of the last 150 years. Near to the Georgian town of Blandford.

Sherborne Castle
Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, the castle is set in 40 acres of glorious ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped gardens and grounds around his 50 acre lake, the Castle contains a splendid collection of art, furniture and porcelain.

Sub-tropical Gardens at Abbotsbury
A mixture of formal and informal, with charming walled garden walks and spectacular woodland valley views.

Swanage Pier
A unique old Victorian Pier that lies in the Southern area of Swanage Bay.

Swanage Railway
Dorset’s premier standard gauge preserved steam railway.

Tank Museum
An Independent Museum for story of armoured warfare (near Bovington).

Teddy Bear Museum
A unique family house with people sized bears.

Terracotta Warriors
A stunning exhibition of the Chinese Terracotta army from the Chin Dynasty.

The Town Mill
A working watermill and more in the heart of Lyme Regis.

The Tutankhamun Exhibition
A spectacular re-creation of Tutankhamun’s tomb and treasures.