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Dorset's Top Sights

Whatever your age, whatever your interests, you'll find attractions to love in Dorset.

Dream of beaches? Take your pick from the ancient, fossil-strewn shores of the Jurassic Coast to the powdery sands of Bournemouth and Sandbanks. There are world-class natural wonders along Dorset's coast too, like Lulworth Cove and the iconic Durdle Door.

Tempted to learn a new watersport? Head to Poole and sail across its colossal natural harbour to idyllic Brownsea Island, the birthplace of the Scout Movement. Or, if you're a history fan, visit intimidating Corfe Castle, olde-worlde Dorchester and the excellent Tank Museum at Bovington.

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The Tank Museum

Bovington, Dorset, BH20 6JG


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You won't find a larger display of tanks anywhere else in the world! From those that landed on the D-day beaches to veterans of Afghanistan.

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Abbotsbury Swannery

New Barn Road, Abbotsbury, Near Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 4JG


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Home to hundreds of birds, the Abbotsbury Swannery lets you take a unique walk through the heart of a colony of nesting swans.

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Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Buller's Way, Abbotsbury, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 4LA


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With its unique microclimate, these renowned gardens are home to rare and unusual plants from around the world - from lush jungles to the Himalayas!

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Dorchester

Dorchester, Dorset


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Traditional markets, captivating riverside walks and Roman ruins sitting amidst bustling streets - Dorchester is a town that's simply brimming with character.

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Durdle Door

Via Durdle Door Holiday Park, West Lulworth, Dorset, BH20 5PU


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One of the most captivating natural locations in England, the sight of this colossal arch rising from the sea is simply breathtaking.

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Bournemouth Beach

Bournemouth Beach, Bournemouth, Dorset


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With 7 miles of clean golden sand and a unique microclimate it's easy to see why Bournemouth Beach is often voted one of Britain's best.

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Wareham

Wareham, Dorset


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From Saxon settlement to the English Civil War, there's almost 2000 years of history to explore in the picturesque town of Wareham.

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Monkey World

Monkey World, Near Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6HH


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Meet the stars of the TV show "Monkey Life" who call this inspiring sanctuary their home - the largest ape rescue centre in the world!

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Weymouth

Weymouth, Dorset


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With one of the sunniest climates in the country, this pretty town is a fabulous mix of Georgian grandeur and seaside charm.

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Bridport

Dorset


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Surrounded by gorgeous countryside and striking coastline, the bustling market town of Bridport is renowned for its vibrant arts community.

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Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis, Dorset


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A seaside resort with not one but two beaches! Plus a famous historic harbour, charming shopping streets and restaurants serving the freshest fish.

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Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park

Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7SX


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Take a trip into the world's oceans - with cheeky penguins, delightful seals and intimidating piranhas just waiting to say hello!

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Nothe Fort

Barrack Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8UF


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Climb the ramparts of this fortress for mesmerising views of Weymouth and the Jurassic Coast, then descend into its passageways to unearth its remarkable history.

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Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island, Dorset


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A natural wonderland in the centre of Poole Harbour that's home to rare red squirrels and a huge assortment of birds.

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Corfe Castle

The Square, Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5EZ


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From Norman fortress to a besieged Royalist stronghold, Corfe Castle has over 1,000 years of history to uncover and explore.

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Farmer Palmers Farm Park

Wareham Road, Organford, Poole, Dorset, BH16 6EU


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Kids will love saying "hello" to their favourite animal friends on a busy day out to this wonderful and exciting farm.

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Adventure Wonderland

Merritown Lane, Hurn, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 6BA


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Follow in Alice's footsteps down the rabbit hole into a world filled with adventures - from thrilling teacups and flying elephant rides to perplexing mazes.

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Portland Castle

Liberty Road, Castletown, Dorset, DT5 1AZ


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A magnificent Tudor coastal fort, Portland Castle has played its part in over 450 years of British history from Henry VIII to the D-day landings.

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The Fleet Explorer

Ferrymans Way, Wyke Regis, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 9YU
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A stunning natural attraction, Fleet Lagoon is simply teaming with wildlife - so board the Fleet Explorer for a closer look!

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Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove, West Lulworth, Dorset


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A spectacular natural landform at the heart of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site with unique geology and inspiring panoramic views.

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West Bay

West Bay, Dorset


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Flanked by golden sandstone cliffs, this charming harbour is the picturesque gateway to the Jurassic Coast and is the striking setting for TV drama Broadchurch.

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Mapperton

Mapperton, Beaminster, Dorset, DT8 3NR


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This idyllic sandstone manor sits in a beautiful untouched valley and is home to over 15-acres of blissfully romantic gardens.

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Peppa Pig World

Paultons Park, Ower Nr Romsey, The New Forest, Hampshire, SO51 6AL


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Little ones will never forget meeting Peppa Pig and friends - from a flight on Miss Rabbit's Helicopter to a car ride with Daddy Pig.

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Wareham Boat Hire

Abbot's Quay, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4LW


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Enjoy the peace and serenity of the River Frome by exploring its waters in a kayak, canoe or a motorboat!

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Studland Bay

Studland, Near Swanage, Dorset


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Pack up your bucket and spade and head to Studland Bay for 4 miles of golden sand beach and gentle bathing waters.

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Two Riversmeet Golf Park

Two Riversmeet Leisure Centre, Christchurch, BH23 1HW
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Practise your short game at the superb Two Riversmeet Golf Park. This 9 hole golf course offers breath-taking panoramic views over Christchurch Harbour.

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Snapper Charters

Commercial Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 9AQ
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Snapper Charters offer deep sea fishing trips leaving daily from Weymouth harbour. With all tackle and bait provided, these trips make the perfect family day out!

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Durlston Country Park

Lighthouse Road, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2JL


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Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve is the perfect place to start exploring Dorset's Jurassic Coast. Explore acres of wildflower meadows, sea cliffs and woodland.

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West Bay Beach

West Bay, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 4HE


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Popularised in recent years by the TV series Broadchurch, West Bay Beach marks the start of Dorset's iconic Jurassic Coast - England's first natural World Heritage Site.

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Weymouth Beach

Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7AN


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Tailor-made for families and, in particular, little ones, Weymouth Beach is famed for its powder-soft sand and safe, crystal clear waters.

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Sandbanks Beach

Banks Rd, Poole, Dorset, BH13 7QQ


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A consecutive winner of the prestigious Blue Flag Award for over 30 years, this small peninsula is home to one of the best beaches in the country.

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Canford Cliffs Beach

Cliff Dr, Poole, Dorset, BH13 7HX


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Quieter than its popular neighbour Sandbanks Beach, and tucked between Branksome Chine and Flaghead Chine in Poole lies the tranquil, Blue Flag awarded Canford Cliffs.

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Chesil Cove Beach

Portland Beach Road, Portland, Dorset, DT4 9XE
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Chesil Cove is part of the Jurassic Coast and the southern extremity of Chesil Beach - an astonishing 18-mile long tombolo connecting the Isle of Portland to the mainland.

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Hengistbury Head Beach

Rolls Drive, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH6 4NA


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If your feet can handle the natural rock beach, Hengistbury makes a gorgeous, well-kept and hidden coastal walk, perfect for walking the dog or having a romantic stroll.

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Branksome Chine

Pinecliff Road, Poole, Dorset, BH13 6LP


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If a hidden jewel is more your cup of tea, just up from the busier beaches is Branksome Chine - a Blue Flag stretch of coast lined with aromatic pines and azure waters.

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Alum Chine Beach

Alum Chine, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH4 8HS


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Award-winning Alum Chine is the ultimate Blue Flag Bournemouth beach. Sporting a paddling pool, a tropical garden and a large pirate-themed adventure playground, it's a haven for families.

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