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Ranked #1 of 270 attractions in Dorset
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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Plaza Cinema (Dorchester)
Ranked #2 of 270 attractions in Dorset
Category: Movie Theaters
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Studland Stables (Studland)
Ranked #3 of 270 attractions in Dorset
Category: Horseback Riding Stables
Owner description: A friendly trekking centre, near the beach, on the Dorset coast. Great forward going rides for experienced riders and safe... more » Owner description: A friendly trekking centre, near the beach, on the Dorset coast. Great forward going rides for experienced riders and safe picturesque rides for beginners. « less
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Sherborne Abbey (Sherborne)
Ranked #4 of 270 attractions in Dorset
Category: Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites; Historic Sites

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 #5 of 270 attractions in Dorset
Category: Military Museums; History Museums; Specialty Museums; Mines
Owner description: The Tank Museum brings the history of tanks and tank crews to life, supported by the world's best collection of armoured... more » Owner description: The Tank Museum brings the history of tanks and tank crews to life, supported by the world's best collection of armoured vehicles and action packed live displays.As you explore the Museum's 6 large halls, you will come face to face with tanks that have seen action in all the major conflicts of the 20th Century. This unique collection of over 200 vehicles includes the world's first ever tank, the infamous German Tiger tank, and the modern Challenger 2. Featuring five powerful exhibitions: The Tank Story, The Trench Experience, The Discovery Centre, Battlegroup Afghanistan and new for 2014 - Warhorse to Horsepower. « less
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Reboot Dorset (Bridport)
Ranked #6 of 270 attractions in Dorset
Owner description: Unlike other Boot Camps, Reboot is owned and run by a fitness professional, Mark Hooks, who has over 15 years experience in... more » Owner description: Unlike other Boot Camps, Reboot is owned and run by a fitness professional, Mark Hooks, who has over 15 years experience in the industry. Instructors are not brought in to just run classes as you would see in gyms. All sessions are catered to the individual's needs. You will leave Reboot on the Friday with the following week's training programme and a three month goal to achieve. « less
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Weymouth Beach (Weymouth)
Ranked #7 of 270 attractions in Dorset
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Beaches
Category: Beaches
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Hengistbury Head (Bournemouth)
Ranked #8 of 270 attractions in Dorset
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Beaches
Category: Beaches
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Monkey World (Wareham)
Ranked #9 of 270 attractions in Dorset
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Swanage Railway (Swanage)
Ranked #10 of 270 attractions in Dorset
Category: Public Transportation Systems; Scenic Railroads
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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Ranked #11 of 270 attractions in Dorset
Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites

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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Old Harry Rocks (Swanage)
Ranked #12 of 270 attractions in Dorset
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Ranked #13 of 270 attractions in Dorset
Category: Islands; Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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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RSPB Arne (Arne)
Ranked #14 of 270 attractions in Dorset
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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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Ranked #15 of 270 attractions in Dorset
Category: Geologic Formations
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Kingston Lacy (Wimborne Minster)
Ranked #16 of 270 attractions in Dorset
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
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Nothe Fort (Weymouth)
Ranked #17 of 270 attractions in Dorset
Category: Historic Sites

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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Bournemouth Beach (Bournemouth)
Ranked #18 of 270 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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Ranked #19 of 270 attractions in Dorset
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Tyneham (Wareham)
Ranked #20 of 270 attractions in Dorset
Category: Historic Sites
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Ranked #21 of 270 attractions in Dorset
Category: Art Museums; Historic Sites
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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Lower Gardens (Bournemouth)
Ranked #22 of 270 attractions in Dorset
Category: Gardens; Parks
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Sandbanks (Poole)
Ranked #23 of 270 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 #24 of 270 attractions in Dorset
Category: Historic Sites; Gardens
This 15th-century house has a peaceful garden dating from 1891.
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Ranked #25 of 270 attractions in Dorset
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Ranked #26 of 270 attractions in Dorset
Category: Forests; Parks
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Golden Cap Estate (Charmouth)
Ranked #27 of 270 attractions in Dorset
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Ranked #28 of 270 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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Corfe Castle (Corfe Castle)
Ranked #29 of 270 attractions in Dorset
Category: Castles
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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Regent Cinema (Lyme Regis)
Ranked #30 of 270 attractions in Dorset
Category: Theaters
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