sight seeing

The local area has so many great places to visit: World Heritage beaches, muesums, coastal path walks, seaside amusements, and great country pubs and resturants.Here are just a few of our reccomendations 


Ringstead - Quiet and peaceful beach with a small cafe and shop.

Lulworth Cove - Famous and beautiful Dorset fishing village, with quaint shops and spectacular coastal scenery.Durdle Door - One fo the most photographed beaches in the world! Quite hilly, but worth the walk.

West Bay - Featured in the popular ITV series 'Broadchurch'. Stunning, sandy cliffs and some lovely pubs.Weymouth - Great for a family day out. Large, flat and sandy beach, fairground, great shops and fish and chips! Lovely Nearby 

Chesil beach - bird watching paradise!


Swanage - Picturesque town on the sea.

Dorchester - Historic county town.

Weymouth - Fun for all the family. Good for shopping.Bridport - Great for Arts and Bohemian eateries.

Poole - Modern harbour town, with Poole Pottery, and the largest natural harbour in the world.

Wareham - Quaint, medieval walled town.

Portland - a whole island to discover! 

Manor Houses, Castles and Monuments

Corfe Castle - Brooding ruin in a stunning location between two giant ridgeways.

Kingston Lacey - Grand mansion, with lush gardens.

St Catherine's Chapel Abbotsbury. Standing on top of a hill amazing views of dorset coast!

Brownsea Island - In the middle of Poole Harbour, and home to all 3 species of British snake, Peacocks and Red Squirrels.

Hardye's Cottage - Home to Thomas Hardye, the famous poet and novelist.

Maiden Castle - Giant, well-preserved Iron-Age fort, with stunning views of Dorchester town. 


Tank Museum - Huge range of historic military vehicles.Dinosaur Museum - Quite small, and aimed at young children.

Teddy Bear Museum - Again, quite small, and popular with young children.

Tutenkamum Museum - Interesting museum about the famous Egyptian Pharoah.

Military Museum - Housed in the historic Keep in Dorchester.

Dorset County Museum - Lots of interesting exhibits relating to the county of Dorset. 

Pubs and Restaurants 

Smuggler's Inn - Osmington mills The Handmade Pie & Ale House (Weymouth)

Square and Compass - Worth Matravers. Very traditional, and quirky, with a fossil museum (our favourite!)

Yarlbury Cottage - Fine dining in a homely setting.Beach and Bardicott - Unusual and delicious food in Bridport. 

Walks and Woodlands

Arne Nature Reserve - run by the RSBP so fantastic place for bird watching. over looks pool harbour.

Moreton walled garden - Moreton river great for paddling, dog walks with Moreton award winning tea rooms right next door

Coastal path walk - Goes all the way round the UK

10 best dorset walks website 

Other great places to visit

Monkey world - money sanctuary run by charity! massive play parks and soft play

Weymouth Sealife Centre - see all kinds of sea life and learn about how to protect our oceans.

Abbotsbury children farm - fantastic day out for animal lovers. Huge indoor play space so good for wet weather days.

Abbotsbury tropical gardens - amazing tropical landscaped gardens that are illuminated at night during October

Abbotsbury Swannery - watch baby swans hatching!