DORSET

including POOLE and BOURNEMOUTH

 
 
Farmer Palmer's Farm Park                                Organford, Poole                      www.farmerpalmer.co.uk
It's Real Fun! Farmer Palmer's Farm Park!!   This should be the 1st attraction you visit if you have children under 8 yrs and want them to have an exciting & busy day out in a relaxed part of Dorset.   “Hands on” animal feeding/grooming, Real Cow Milking Demo, Straw Mountain, Wild Trailer Ride, Woodland Walk, Pedal Tractors, Bouncy Castles and Large Indoor Soft Play Zones with toddler/baby areas and 100 seater restaurant with home cooked food.  The Lincoln Family say “ All facilities are so well thought out for young children, We really enjoyed our day and it was excellent value for money” 
Open daily 10am – 5.30pm rain or shine as most is undercover. Schools,  Birthdays.
Directions: 4 miles from Poole in Organford. Clearly signposted from the A35 and A351.
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Abbotsbury Abbey RemainsAbbotsburyCathedral - Abbey
Part of a monastic building, perhaps the abbot's lodging, of Benedictine Abbotsbury Abbey. St Catherine's Chapel is within half a mile.

Abbotsbury SwanneryAbbotsburyAnimal Park
Dorset’s World Famous Sanctuary. See over 600 free flying friendly swans, baby swans hatching mid-May to June end. Mass feeding 12 noon and 4pm daily.

Alice In Wonderland Family ParkHurnTheme Park
Dorset's number one family theme park. A full day's fun whatever the weather, combining the outside park and rides with the indoor adventure play centre, Wild Thing! With over 30 rides and attractions including Animal Cuddle Corner, Wild Bill's Runaway Train, Turbo Teacups and South's largest natural maze.

Athelhampton House & GardensNr PuddletownHistoric House
Visit one of the finest manor houses in England dating from the 15th Century. Explore the glorious Grade 1 gardens, containing the world famous topiary pyramids, fountains and the River Piddle. Enjoy lunch or a cream tea in the Restaurant.

Bennetts Water GardensChickerell, WeymouthGarden
Renowned for its replica Monet Japanese Bridge and National & International Collections of Water Lilies, this eight acre water garden is set in natural surroundings with native trees, willows and wild flowers. Tropical Plant House, Heritage Museum, Children’s Fun Trails, Gift Shop, Plant Nursery & Licensed Lakeside Café.

Blue PoolWareham
Enjoy the peace and tranquility around the Pool. Learn about its early History in the Museum. Enjoy the delicious lunches and homemade scones in the Teahouse overlooking the Pool. Browse around our unique Giftshop. Families can explore the woodland walks and take part in the Squirrel Hunt. Dogs on leads welcome.

Brewers QuayWeymouthShopping Village
Converted Victorian brewery with indoor speciality Shopping Village, Courtyard Restaurant and award winning Timewalk attraction recreating sights, sounds and smells, of Weymouth’s history.

Christchurch Castle and Norman HouseChristchurchCastle
The remains of Christchurch Castle include parts of the mound-top keep, and more unusually the 12th-century riverside chamber block or 'Constable's House'. This very early example of domestic architecture includes a rare Norman chimney.

Clouds HillWareham
This tiny isolated brick and tile cottage in the heart of Dorset was the peaceful retreat of T. E. Lawrence ('Lawrence of Arabia'). The austere rooms are much as he left them and reflect his complex personality and close links with the Middle East, as detailed in a fascinating exhibition.

Compton AcresBournemouthGarden
Compton Acres is one of the finest privately owned gardens in the UK with a unique series of stunning gardens, including Japanese, Italian and Rock and Water Gardens. There is also a café, restaurant, the newly refurbished Harbour view café, gift shop, craft shop and model railway.

Corfe CastleCorfe CastleCastle
One of Britain's most majestic ruins and once a controlling gateway through the Purbeck Hills, the castle boasts breathtaking views and several waymarked walks. The demolition of the castle in 1646 by the Parliamentarians marked the end of a rich history as both fortress and royal residence. With its fallen walls and secret places, it is a place to explore, a giant playground for children of all ages. The crumbling ruins and subtle invasion by plants and animals, along with its almost ethereal quality as light and weather change, all contribute to the unique atmosphere of Corfe Castle.

Dinosaur MuseumDorchesterMuseum
The award winning Dinosaur Museum is a treat, especially for children. See fascinating fossils, dinosaur skeletons and skulls, including ‘Jurassic Dinosaurs’. Plus life-size dinosaur reconstructions, hands on and multimedia displays. It’s great fun for all ages.

Dorset County MuseumDorchesterMuseum
Award-winning ‘Museum of Dorset’ including Jurassic Coast Geology Gallery, atmospheric Victorian Hall with Roman Mosaic floors and Thomas Hardy’s Study. Dorchester Discover the 6,000 year history of Dorchester. Investigate Dorset writers, archaeology (including Maiden Castle presentation), Social and Natural History Galleries. Interactives, activityy stations, audiovisuals, free audioguides and Museum Trails for children. This friendly museum has something for everyone.

Dorset Heavy Horse CentreEdmondshamHorse Centre
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. Explore the blacksmiths workshop, Gypsy wagon's combined with Romany talks. Children will love the pony rides, fun straw barn, go-cart arena and play areas.

Fiddleford ManorNr Sturminster NewtonHouse
The principal parts of a small stone manor house, probably begun about 1370 for William Latimer, Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset. The hall and solar chamber display outstandingly fine timber roofs.

Fleet Observer Glass Bottom BoatWeymouthBoat Trip
Nestling behind the spectacular Chesil Beach and part of the United Kingdom’s Jurassic coastline is the Fleet Lagoon part of the Fleet nature reserve - one of Weymouth and Portland’s most attractive natural features, certainly it’s most unique. The Fleet Observer is a shallow drafted glass bottomed boat specifically designed and built to explore the lower reaches of the Fleet Lagoon. As well as scheduled tours for the general public the fleet observer is also available for educational and specialist trips.

Go Ape! Moors ValleyAshley HeathAdventure Playground
Bring Out Your Inner Ape! Are you wild enough to climb 40ft up a rope ladder, Tarzan swing into a giant rope net, zip wire through trees, crawl through tunnels and tackle high wire rope bridges? If the answer’s yes, you’re ready to Go Ape!

Hardy's CottageHigher Bockhampton, Nr DorchesterHouse
Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 in this small cob and thatch cottage, which was built by his great-grandfather and is little altered since the family left. His early novels Under the Greenwood Tree and Far from the Madding Crowd were written here.

Henley Hillbillies Buckland NewtonMotor Sport
Its full-on from the moment you arrive - ride a quad bike, shoot a clay pigeon, accelerate a mini out of the bends of a dirt track, fly a hovercraft, 6 inches off the ground, hit the targets straight in the bull’s eye! We are open all year round and cater for corporate and team building events, private groups, Hen and Stag Parties or any other special occasion.

Highcliffe CastleHighcliffeCastle
Grade 1 listed. Built in the 1830’s for Lord Stuart De Rothesay, Highcliffe Castle is situated in beautiful cliff-top grounds, with access to the Christchurch coastal path. A perfect venue for exhibitions, events & concerts. Behind the scenes guided tours on Tues & Sun @ 2pm.

Hundred-Aker-Wood PotteryPortlandCraft Workshop - Pottery
For the complete beginner or the more experienced potter, we can provide a memorable activity holiday at our workshop at the newly established Portland Arts Centre in Fortuneswell, Isle of Portland overlooking the famous 17 mile Chesil beach.

Jordan Hill Roman TempleOvercombe, Nr WeymouthRoman Remains
The foundations of a 4th century Romano-Celtic temple.

Kingston LacyWimborne MinsterHistoric House
Home of the Bankes family for more than 300 years, this striking 17th-century house is noted for its lavish interiors. The outstanding art collection includes paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Titian and Brueghel, with the largest private collection of Egyptian artefacts in the UK. Outside, stroll across the beautiful lawns towards the restored Japanese tea garden.

Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal ParkDorchesterGarden
Explore the formal Edwardian Garden with a stunning ornamental lake in front of the 18th Century Mansion House. The Animal Park has a collection of miniature Shetland ponies, donkeys, rabbits and Guinea pigs. Light refreshments are available, Play area, Shop and plant sales.

Kingston Russell Stone CircleNr AbbotsburyAncient Monument
A late Neolithic or early Bronze Age circle of 18 fallen stones, on a hilltop overlooking Abbotsbury and the sea.

Knoll GardensNr FerndownGarden
UK's premier specialist grower of ornamental grasses set in nationally acclaimed modern gardens. Chelsea Flower show Gold medallists last 5 years.

Knowlton Church and EarthworksKnowltonChurch - Chapel
The siting of this ruined medieval church at the centre of a Neolithic ritual henge earthwork symbolises the transition from pagan to Christian worship.

Lulworth Castle, Park & Heritage CentreEast LulworthCastle
Walk in the footsteps of Kings and Queens!....as you explore the 17th Century Castle and its fascinating history. Discover the stunning landscapes, beautiful 18th Century Chapel and unrivalled views from the Castle Tower. Meet the residents of the animal farm and enjoy the woodland walks, adventure play area and pitch & putt. Licensed Stable Café and Courtyard Shop.

Lyme Regis MuseumLyme RegisMuseum
Built on the site of the home of Lyme’s renowned fossilist Mary Anning, the museum is one of the architectural gems of the town and is packed with fascinating displays. Find out about Lyme’s early and maritime history, its internationally important geology, its fossils and the many significant writers connected with the town, from Jane Austen to John Fowles.

Maiden CastleWinterborne MonktonAncient Monument
Among the largest and most complex of Iron Age hillforts in Europe, Maiden Castle’s huge multiple ramparts once protected several hundred residents. Excavations in the 1930s and 1980s revealed the site's 4,000-year history, from a Neolithic causewayed enclosure to a small Roman temple built on the site in the 4th century AD. They also produced evidence of an extensive late Iron Age cemetery, where many of the burials had suffered horrific injuries in attacks or skirmishes. Look out for the information panels that guide you around the hillfort and illustrate its long history.

Max GateDorchesterHouse
Thomas Hardy designed this house and lived here from 1885 until his death in 1928. This is where he wrote Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure and The Mayor of Casterbridge, as well as much of his poetry.

Minterne GardensDorchesterGarden
The Minterne Valley was 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. They contain an unique collection of Himalayan Rhododendrons and Azaleas, with Spring bulbs, Cherries, Maples and many fine and rare trees; the garden is noted for its Autumn colouring.

Monkey WorldNr WoolWildlife Park
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 largest play area.

Nine Stones, TheWinterborne AbbasAncient Monument
Now in a wooded glade, this small prehistoric circle of nine standing stones was constructed around 4,000 years ago. Winterbourne Poor Lot Barrows are nearby.

Oxley Sports CentreSherborneSports Centre
Located in Sherborne, Oxley Sports Centre is a dual use, public facility, open to all, 7 days a week. In addition to all the standard facilities found at most sports centres, the centre offers a fully staffed fitness suite, 25m 6 lane swimming pool and dance studio.

Pirate Adventure Mini GolfWeymouthMini Golf
AHOY SHIPMATES! Challenge yourselves on the amazing 19 hole course, whilst learning about the life and death of some of the scariest pirates around! Fun for the whole family!

Portland CastleFortuneswellCastle
Overlookign Portland harbour, just 4 miles from Weymouth stands one of Henry VIII's finest coastal forts and a "must" visit whatever the weather. Let the fascinating audio tour take you through 450 years of history, enjoy the dramatic sea views as you explore the garden then relax in our tea room.

Putlake Adventure FarmLangton MatraversFarm
Why not visit a family run adventure farm set in the beautiful purbeck countryside, at Langton Matravers only 2 miles from Swanage town centre. Visitors are encouraged to explore and make contact with a variety of friendly animals. There are indoor and outdoor picnic and play areas, gift shop, tearoom, farm trail, pony & trailer rides.

Radipole Lake Nature Reserve (RSPB)WeymouthNature Reserve
A nature reserve in central Weymouth sounds unlikely, but once you are on the footpath amongst the reeds and lagoons you could be far away in the countryside. Radipole offers something for everyone from families to wildlife enthusiasts. Free entry.

Royal Signals MuseumBlandford ForumMuseum
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.

Sherborne CastleSherborneCastle
Come and visit the famous castle built by Sir Walter Raleigh 1594, stately home to the Digby family since 1617; rich interiors and splendid collections of art, furniture and porcelain. Explore 30-acres of beautiful Lakeside Gardens and grounds landscaped around Capability Brown's 50-acre lake.

Sherborne Old CastleSherborneCastle
Built on a grand scale in the 12th century by the Bishop of Salisbury, Sherborne was coveted by churchmen and noblemen alike giving it a long, chequered history. After two sieges during the Civil War, visitors to the castle today see it in its more recent role as a romantic ruin in the grounds of the ‘new’ Sherborne Castle. Only the Southwest Gatehouse and parts of the castle including the Great Tower and the North Range survived.

St Catherine`s ChapelAbbotsburyChurch - Chapel
Set high on a hilltop overlooking Abbotsbury Abbey, this sturdily buttressed and barrel-vaulted 14th-century chapel was built by the monks as a place of pilgrimage and retreat.

Studland Beach & Nature ReserveStudlandCoast
A glorious slice of natural coastline in Purbeck featuring a four-mile stretch of golden, sandy beach, with gently shelving bathing waters and views of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight. The heathland behind the beach is a haven for native wildlife and features all six British reptiles. Designated trails through the sand dunes and woodlands, allow for exploration and spotting of deer, insects and bird life as well as a wealth of wild flowers.

Swanage RailwaySwanageSteam Railway
The Swanage Railway offers a more intensive heritage steam and diesel timetable train service than virtually any other preserved railway. Steam and diesel galas, Family Fun Day events, plus regular Evening Dining services complement themed events such as our highly popular Santa Special trains during the run up to Christmas. Easy parking at Norden Station for visitors with cars enhances the experience of a unique journey through six miles of beautiful Dorset scenery.

Tank MuseumBovingtonMuseum
The Tank Museum brings the story of tank crew to life, supported by the world's best collection of tanks and boasting action packed live displays during school holidays. You'll see almost 200 vehicles in six large halls, explore the trenches of World War One and get closer to the action with our explosive Tank Action Displays.

Tout Quarry Nature Reserve and Sculpture ParkPortlandQuarry
An abandoned stone quarry which has now been turned into a stone sculpture park.

Town Mill, TheLyne RegisMill
Fully restored working watermill in the heart of Lyme Regis. Regular demonstrations of milling, art galleries, pottery, craft studios, restaurant, gift shop, cheesemonger, microbrewery and 17th century walled garden.

Tutankhamun ExhibitionDorchesterMuseum
The world’s greatest discovery of ancient treasure - Tutankhamun’s tomb, treasures and mummy are superbly recreated in this internationally renowned exhibition - extensively featured on TV. The only exhibition of its kind in Europe.

Weymouth Sea Life Park & Marine CentreWeymouthAquarium - Oceanarium
A unique mix of indoor and outdoor attractions, prepare to come face to face with sharks, otters, seals, penguins, turtles and so much more. Shark Breeding Centre. Adventure Island - a fantasy land of thrilling rides; Splash Lagoon - a great outdoor feature complete with water slide, splash pool, and water jets; Turtle Sanctuary and ocean tank complete with spectacular walk through underwater tunnel.

White Mill Sturminster Marshall, Nr WimborneMill
Corn mill with original wooden machinery in a peaceful riverside setting.

Winterbourne Poor Lot BarrowsLong BredyAncient Monument
A 'cemetery' of 44 Bronze Age burial mounds of varying types and sizes, straddling the A35 main road.

 

 
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Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical GardensAbbotsbury
Arne Toy MuseumArne, Wareham
Blandford Forum Tourist Information CentreBlandford Forum
Bournemouth EyeBournemouth
Bournemouth International CentreBournemouth
Bournemouth Tourist Information CentreBournemouth
Bridport MuseumBridport
Bridport Tourist Information CentreBridport
Brownsea IslandPoole
Brownsea Island FerriesPoole
Cavalcade of CostumeBlandford Forum
Cerne Abbas GiantCerne Abbas
Charmouth Heritage Coast CentreCharmouth
Chettle HouseChettle
Childrens Farm and Smugglers BarnAbbotsbury
Christchurch PrioryChristchurch
Christchurch Ski CentreChristchurch
Christchurch Tourist Information CentreChristchurch
Corfe Castle Model VillageCorfe Castle
Craft and Design CentreBroadwindsor
Cranborne Manor GardensWimborne
Deep Sea Adventure & Sharky's PlayzoneWeymouth
DinosaurlandLyme Regis
Discovery Interactive CentreWeymouth
Dorchester Tourist Information CentreDorchester
Dorset Belle CruisesBournemouth
Dorset Teddy Bear MuseumDorchester
Durdle DoorWareham
Durlston Country ParkSwanage
Eeles Family PotteryMosterton, Beaminster
Gillingham MuseumGillingham
Gold HillShaftesbury
Great Dorset Maize MazeRoddon, Weymouth
Hall & Woodhouse Brewery Visitor CentreBlandford Forum
Hardy MonumentBlack Down, Portesham
Hare Lane PotteryCranbourne
Keep Military MuseumDorchester
Langton Matravers MuseumLangton Matravers
Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium and Cobb HistoryLyme Regis
Lyme Regis Tourist Information CentreLyme Regis
MacPennys Woodland GardensChristchurch
Mangerton MillMangerton, Bridport
Mapperton GardensBeaminster
Margaret Green Foundation Trust Animal SanctuaryChurch Knowle
Matchams Karting ExperienceRingwood
Milton AbbeyMilton Abbas
Monkton GalleryWinterborne Monkton
MooresMorcombelake
Moreton GardensMoreton
Museum of ElectricityChristchurch
Nothe FortWeymouth
OceanariumBournemouth
Old Crown Court and CellsDorchester
Palmers BreweryBridport
Pavilion TheatreWeymouth
Poole Park Miniature RailwayPoole
Poole PotteryPoole
Poole Tourist Information CentrePoole
Portland MuseumPortland
Priest's House Museum and GardenWimborne
Red House MuseumChristchurch
Regent CentreChristchurch
RNLI HeadquartersPoole
Russell-Cotes Art GalleryBournemouth
Scaplens Court MuseumPoole
Shaftesbury Abbey Museum & GardenShaftesbury
Sherborne AbbeySherborne
SplashdownPoole
Stapehill AbbeyStapehill, Wimborne
Streetwise Safety CentreBournemouth
Swanage Museum at the Tithe BarnSwanage
Swanage Piers TrustSwanage
Swanage Tourist Information CentreSwanage
Terracotta Warriors' MuseumDorchester
Throop MillBournemouth
Tithe Barn Museum and Art CentreSwanage
Tolpuddle Martyrs MuseumTolpuddle
Tower Park Entertainment CentrePoole
UK LlamasMosterton, Beaminster
Upton Country ParkPoole
Walford Mill Craft CentreWimborne
Wareham Tourist Information CentreWareham
Water Supply MuseumWeymouth
Waterfront MuseumPoole
Weymouth Tourist Information CentreWeymouth
White Motor BoatsWeymouth
Wimborne MinsterWimborne
Wimborne Minster Tourist Information CentreWimborne
Wimborne Model Town & GardensWimborne
Wolfeton HouseWolfeton, Dorchester
Wood StudioCorfe Castle

 

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