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
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!