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Ranked #1 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Category: Museums
Owner description: During our Winter Opening months (1st October to 30 March) entry fee to the Sculpture Park is £5 per person and no need to... more » Owner description: During our Winter Opening months (1st October to 30 March) entry fee to the Sculpture Park is £5 per person and no need to book. Entry to the Galleries is free. Due to deep water no children under 14 years of age. No dogs. Described as one of the most beautiful and unique sculpture parks in the United Kingdom, Sculpture by the Lakes marries the soft beauty of nature's wild river landscape with the more formal presentation of monumental outdoor sculpture. It is that combination of art and landscape that inspires Sculpture by the Lakes. Whether it is work on a monumental scale that relates to its environment, or smaller works, the sculptures of Simon Gudgeon are perfectly placed in the delicately nurtured natural landscape to visually enhance their surroundings.The effect is a balance, a harmony of form and context where the experience is central. Without walls, without interpretation, each person can engage with the art and the ever-changing environment. « less
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Sherborne Abbey (Sherborne)
Ranked #2 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Category: Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Landmarks

The glorious Abbey is a "must" to visit whilst you are in Sherborne. It is open daily, though do check before entering whether a service is in progress. Founded in AD 705, the... more »

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The Tank Museum (Bovington)
Ranked #3 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Category: History Museums; Military Museums; Mines; Specialty Museums
Owner description: The Tank Museum brings history to life, with the world's best collection of tanks and explosive live displays. See almost... more » Owner description: The Tank Museum brings history to life, with the world's best collection of tanks and explosive live displays. See almost 300 armoured vehicles as you explore seven powerful exhibitions. "The Tank Story" details tank history from 1915 to the present. "Battlegroup Afghanistan" transports you to the modern front line. In "The Second World War - Discovery Centre", you'll see the breadth of our unique collection plus "Fury" uncovering our involvement in the film. Following the First World War centenary commemorations, explore "The Trench Experience" and "Warhorse to Horsepower". New for 2015, "Tank Factory" tells the story of the tank makers. « less
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Hengistbury Head (Bournemouth)
Ranked #4 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Beaches
Category: Beaches
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Weymouth Beach (Weymouth)
Ranked #5 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Beaches
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #6 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Category: Farms; Landmarks
Owner description: Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park offers a balanced educational and fun day out for all ages from todlers to grandparents. Enjoy... more » Owner description: Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park offers a balanced educational and fun day out for all ages from todlers to grandparents. Enjoy facinating daily talks and tours delivered with passion! Free Heavy Horse Wagon rides, Tractor and trailer rides and even the chance to drive a real farm tractor, plus much more including pony rides pony grooming and pet handling sessions throughout the day. Explore exhibits from days gone by freddies blacksmiths, gypsy caravans and showmens collection.Children can let off steam in the undercover go cart arena, drop slide barn or on the pedal tractors and adventure play area. Enjoy home cooked food in the cafe set amongst a backdrop of splendid scenery.Lots undercover in case the weathers not so good, Your visit helps provide a permanent home for over 25 rescued Heavy Horses. « less
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Swanage Railway (Swanage)
Ranked #7 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Category: Scenic Railroads; Public Transportation Systems
Owner description: The Swanage Railway provides an ideal way to get to the beach without the need to park in Swanage. Simply leave your car at... more » Owner description: The Swanage Railway provides an ideal way to get to the beach without the need to park in Swanage. Simply leave your car at the Norden Park and Ride, which is conveniently located just off the A351 north of Corfe Castle, and start your holiday early! « less
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RSPB Arne (Arne)
Ranked #8 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
Owner description: RSPB Arne is one of the RSPB's flagship sights. A mix of heath land, woodland and coast the reserve is packed full of... more » Owner description: RSPB Arne is one of the RSPB's flagship sights. A mix of heath land, woodland and coast the reserve is packed full of wildlife and has a large events programme to enable visitors to get the most out of their visit. « less
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Old Harry Rocks (Swanage)
Ranked #9 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #10 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Landmarks

The present building dates back to 1094 but there has been a church on the site since 800ad. Reputed to be the longest church in England. The site also contains the ruins of... more »

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Jurassic Safari (Weymouth)
Ranked #11 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Category: Scenic Drives
Owner description: In just four hours we go way off the beaten track through rivers, woods and ancient by ways. We see much of Dorset's secret... more » Owner description: In just four hours we go way off the beaten track through rivers, woods and ancient by ways. We see much of Dorset's secret beauty and wildlife, while pointing out some fascinating local history and interesting stories. Why not sit back relax and enjoy our fully guided Land Rover safari which includes complimentary homemade refreshments. « less
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Monkey World (Wareham)
Ranked #12 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #13 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Category: Geologic Formations; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #14 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Category: Islands; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
Owner description: Former private island complete with castle built by Henry VIII is now a wildlife sanctuary containing one of the last red... more » Owner description: Former private island complete with castle built by Henry VIII is now a wildlife sanctuary containing one of the last red squirrel colonies in Britain. « less
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Ranked #15 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #16 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Category: Historic Sites; Art Museums
Owner description: Private home of extensive travelers Sir Merton Russell-Cotes and his wife Lady Annie was one of the last Victorian manor... more » Owner description: Private home of extensive travelers Sir Merton Russell-Cotes and his wife Lady Annie was one of the last Victorian manor houses ever built. « less
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Bournemouth Beach (Bournemouth)
Ranked #17 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Category: Beaches

Bournemouth Beach could be the highlight of your whole trip - very clean, beautiful and friendly. For more information about the area, the official Bournemouth Tourism website... more »

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Nothe Fort (Weymouth)
Ranked #18 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks

During a stay in Weymouth Nothe Fort was visited on a misty Tuesday. It seems to be easier to walk there from Weymouth as it is a bit of a detour by road. It was only £6 to gain... more »

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Tyneham (Wareham)
Ranked #19 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
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Kingston Lacy (Wimborne Minster)
Ranked #20 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Traveler Resources
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Ranked #21 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #22 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Category: Historic Sites; Gardens
This 15th-century house has a peaceful garden dating from 1891.
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Ranked #23 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Category: Hiking Trails
Owner description: A challenging walk along the South West Coast Path. It is a switchback up and down four hills before returning along a... more » Owner description: A challenging walk along the South West Coast Path. It is a switchback up and down four hills before returning along a relatively level ridge. It offers great photo opportunities passing some of the geological highlights of the Jurassic Coast. In late Spring and early summer the limestone grassland beside the path is full of rare flowers and clouds of butterflies. « less
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Lower Gardens (Bournemouth)
Ranked #24 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
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Corfe Castle (Corfe Castle)
Ranked #25 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Category: Castles; Landmarks
Owner description: Uncover the secrets of Dorset's iconic medieval castle. A favourite haunt for adults and children alike, you can't fail to be... more » Owner description: Uncover the secrets of Dorset's iconic medieval castle. A favourite haunt for adults and children alike, you can't fail to be captivated by these romantic castle ruins with breathtaking views.Castle - Discover 1000 years of the castle's history as a royal palace and fortress. With fallen walls and secret places, there are tales of treachery and treason around every corner. Spot the 'murder holes' and count the arrow loops. Feel history come to life and see the wildlife which has set up home in these facinating castle ruins.Shop - In the village square, our shop offers a range of products from pocket money treats to luxury locally made gifts.Tea Rooms - Indulge in a homemade Dorset cream tea in our delightful 18th centry tea rooms. Enjoy the summer garden with unrivalled castle views or the glowing open log fire in winter.Castle, shop and tea rooms open daily from 10am except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Events and activities every weekend and all school holidays from April until September. « less
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Sandbanks (Poole)
Ranked #26 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Beaches
Category: Beaches
Owner description: Naturally beautiful, with its golden sand, Sandbanks Beach has been designated by the European Commission as one of the few... more » Owner description: Naturally beautiful, with its golden sand, Sandbanks Beach has been designated by the European Commission as one of the few areas in the United Kingdom which has achieved the highest standard of cleanliness. Sandbanks has held the highly coveted international Blue Flag for the past 24 years and offers a designed area for barbeques and swimmers. New slacklining posts have been installed. Equipment is available to hire from the beach office. Activities at Sandbanks include crazy golf, a children's play area and the Sandbanks Beach Cafe. The number 50 Wilts and Dorset bus from Bournemouth Station to Swanage stops near to the beach (generally every half hour in the summer). There is a car park next to the beach that holds 550 cars, 5 for disabled use. « less
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Ranked #27 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
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Mudeford Quay (Highcliffe)
Ranked #28 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: Mudeford Quay is a small beautiful corner of the Borough of Christchurch in Dorset, England. Situated at the entrance of... more » Owner description: Mudeford Quay is a small beautiful corner of the Borough of Christchurch in Dorset, England. Situated at the entrance of Christchurch Harbour, Mudeford Quay benefits from spectacular views along the coast, over to the Needles on the Isle of Wight & back to Christchurch town. Mudeford Quay is made up of two areas, the Quay itself and Mudeford Spit, a natural sandbank which leads to Hengisbury Head all the way to Boscombe & Bournemouth. The Quay is a hub of activity with beautiful beaches, the lush grassed area ideal for picnics and enjoying the beautiful scenery and the Quayside itself which has a small shops, a pub, a fish stall and plenty of vantage points to watch the world go by. « less
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Wimborne Minster (Wimborne Minster)
Ranked #29 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Category: Religious Sites; Libraries
Owner description: This building has been a center of prayer since its establishment as a Benedictine nunnery in 705AD. It contains the Chained... more » Owner description: This building has been a center of prayer since its establishment as a Benedictine nunnery in 705AD. It contains the Chained Library, which is one of the UK's first lending libraries. « less
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The Fossil Workshop (Lyme Regis)
Ranked #30 of 234 attractions in Dorset
Category: Educational Sites; Specialty Shops
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