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Over 50 things to do in Dorset

Discover the enchanting allure of Dorset, a captivating county that promises to immerse you in natural beauty and cultural delights. Nestled in the southwestern part of England, Dorset is home to a wealth of picturesque landscapes, historic sites, and charming towns.

Top Dorset Attractions

 

1. Corfe Castle

Step into history as you explore the majestic ruins of Corfe Castle, uncovering its medieval secrets and enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

 

2. Durdle Door

Marvel at the natural wonder of Durdle Door, a stunning limestone arch standing tall on the Jurassic Coast. Prepare to be captivated by its breath-taking beauty and coastal scenery.

 

3. The Tank Museum

Immerse yourself in the world of armoured vehicles at The Tank Museum. Witness an impressive collection of tanks and learn about their historical significance and technological advancements.

 

4. Sail Away with us to Guernsey

Escape to the charming island of Guernsey for a day of discovery. Immerse yourself in its rich history, enjoy its beautiful landscapes, and experience its unique culture. Discover our day trips from Poole to Guernsey here.

 

5. Brownsea Island

Embark on a tranquil retreat to Brownsea Island, where nature takes centre stage. Explore its lush landscapes, spot rare wildlife, and revel in the serene ambience of this picturesque sanctuary.

 

6. Monkey World

Get up close and personal with adorable primates at Monkey World. Learn about their stories of rescue and conservation and witness their playful antics in a captivating setting.

 

7. Kingston Lacy

Delight in the elegance of Kingston Lacy, an exquisite country house surrounded by stunning gardens. Immerse yourself in its timeless charm and explore the beauty of its meticulously maintained grounds.

 

8. Walk from Swanage to Old Harry Rocks

Lace-up your walking shoes for a scenic coastal hike from Swanage to the iconic Old Harry Rocks. Experience breath-taking views of the sea and rugged cliffs along this memorable trail.

 

9. Lulworth Castle

Transport yourself to a fairy-tale setting at Lulworth Castle, a magnificent fortress steeped in history. Discover its fascinating past and admire its architectural splendour amidst picturesque surroundings.

 

10. Take a boat trip from Poole Harbour

Set sail from Poole Harbour on an unforgettable boat trip. Cruise along the stunning coastline, admire breath-taking vistas and soak in the beauty of Dorset's maritime wonders.

 

11. Hire bikes & cycle along Bournemouth Beach

Enjoy a fun-filled adventure along Bournemouth Beach as you pedal your way on hired bikes. Feel the refreshing sea breeze, take in the coastal views, and create unforgettable memories.

 

12. Soak up the sun in Sandbanks

Indulge in the ultimate beach getaway at Sandbanks, a prestigious destination renowned for its golden sands and upscale atmosphere. Relax, unwind, and bask in the glorious sunshine on this idyllic coastline.

Lulworth Castle

Monkey World

Brownsea Island

Unusual Things to Do in Dorset

 

13. Blue Pool Wareham

Lose yourself in the enchanting beauty of Blue Pool, a serene oasis nestled within Wareham. Wander through the surrounding woodlands, marvel at the captivating azure waters, and immerse yourself in nature's tranquillity.

 

14. Fossil Forest in Lulworth

Step back millions of years as you explore the Fossil Forest in Lulworth. Witness ancient tree stumps preserved in stone, providing a fascinating glimpse into prehistoric times and the geological history of the area.

 

15. Check out the views at Dancing Ledge

Experience the breath-taking coastal vistas at Dancing Ledge, a stunning natural rock formation near Langton Matravers. Capture panoramic views of the sea, cliffs, and the rugged beauty of the Jurassic Coast.

 

16. Dorset Museum

Dive into the rich heritage and cultural treasures of Dorset at the Dorset Museum. Discover captivating exhibits that highlight the county's history, archaeology, and art, offering a fascinating journey through time.

 

17. Wakeboarding in the New Forest

Get your adrenaline pumping with wakeboarding adventures in the beautiful New Forest. Experience the thrill of gliding across the water, surrounded by picturesque landscapes and embracing the excitement of this exhilarating water sport.

 

18. AA Shooting School

Try your hand at clay pigeon shooting at the renowned AA Shooting School. Learn the art of target shooting in a picturesque countryside setting, guided by expert instructors who will help you refine your skills.

 

19. Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Immerse yourself in a paradise of exotic plants and vibrant blooms at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens. Explore the enchanting landscapes, stroll through charming pathways, and revel in the beauty of this horticultural gem.

 

20. Sculpture by the Lakes

Delight in an artistic journey at Sculpture by the Lakes, an outdoor gallery showcasing magnificent sculptures within a tranquil lakeside setting. Immerse yourself in the beauty of art and nature in perfect harmony.

 

21. Stay in Clavell Tower

Experience a unique and unforgettable stay in the iconic Clavell Tower. Perched on the cliffs of Kimmeridge Bay, this historic tower offers panoramic coastal views and a one-of-a-kind accommodation experience for those seeking something extraordinary.

Clavell Tower

Blue Pool

Dorset Museum

Free Things to Do in Dorset

 

22. Walk the Southwest Coast Path

Embark on an unforgettable adventure along the South West Coast Path. Experience stunning vistas, dramatic cliffs, and picturesque coastal villages as you traverse this iconic long-distance trail.

 

23. Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Durlston Country Park. Explore diverse habitats, spot rare wildlife, and enjoy breath-taking views of the Jurassic Coast from this scenic nature reserve.

 

24. Build stone sculptures on Chesil Beach

Unleash your inner child and spend a day building stone sculptures on the iconic Chesil Beach. With its unique pebble structure and sweeping coastline, this beach offers endless opportunities for seaside fun.

 

25. Step back in time at Tyneham

Journey into the past as you visit the abandoned village of Tyneham. Frozen in time since World War II, this evocative place offers a poignant glimpse into the lives of its former residents.

 

26. Discover Lulworth Cove

Marvel at the natural wonder of Lulworth Cove, a horseshoe-shaped bay with clear turquoise waters. Explore its scenic beauty, learn about its geological significance, and take in the awe-inspiring coastal views.

 

27. Visit the famous Gold Hill

Wander the quaint streets of Shaftesbury and make your way to the famous Gold Hill. Admire the picturesque views and charming cottages that have made this cobbled street an iconic location.

 

28. Upton Country Park

Escape to the tranquillity of Upton Country Park, a beautiful green oasis with stunning gardens and woodlands. Enjoy leisurely walks, picnic spots, and explore the historic Upton House within this idyllic setting.

 

29. Lyme Regis

Experience the timeless charm of Lyme Regis, a picturesque coastal town known for its fossil-rich beaches, scenic cliffs, and delightful seaside ambience. Discover its history, browse boutique shops, and savour fresh seafood.

 

30. Visit Knoll Beach in Studland

Enjoy a day of sun, sand, and wagging tails at dog-friendly Knoll Beach in Studland. With its vast stretches of golden sands and calm waters, it is the perfect spot for seaside adventures with your furry friends.

 

31. Hengistbury Head

Explore the natural beauty of Hengistbury Head, a stunning headland offering panoramic views of the coast and the New Forest. Discover its diverse habitats, enjoy coastal walks, and spot wildlife along the way.

 

32. Christchurch Priory

Delve into history and architecture at Christchurch Priory, a magnificent parish church with roots dating back to the 11th century. Admire its Gothic splendour, explore its tranquil grounds, and soak up the spiritual atmosphere.

 

33. Visit Weymouth Beach & Harbour

Experience the charm of Weymouth, a seaside town renowned for its golden sandy beach and bustling harbour. Enjoy family-friendly activities and the lively atmosphere of this vibrant coastal destination.

Chesil Beach

Weymouth Harbour

Gold Hill

Things to do in Dorset For Couples

 

34. Take a boat trip down Wareham River

Cruise along the scenic Wareham River and immerse yourself in the beauty of the surrounding nature. Enjoy peaceful moments, spot wildlife, and soak in the tranquillity of this picturesque waterway.

 

35. Enjoy local seafood at Shell Bay

Indulge in a delectable seafood feast at Shell Bay, where fresh catches are transformed into culinary delights. Feast on the flavours of the sea while soaking up the coastal ambience of this charming dining spot.

 

36. Picnic on the beach at West Bay

Bask in the sun and savour a delightful picnic on the sandy shores of West Bay. With its stunning cliffs and panoramic sea views, this beach provides the perfect backdrop for a leisurely seaside meal.

 

37. Sculpture by the Lakes

Immerse yourself in an artistic oasis at Sculpture by the Lakes. Discover captivating sculptures amidst serene lakes and lush landscapes, allowing art and nature to inspire and uplift your senses.

 

38. Head out for dinner along Poole Quay

Experience the vibrant atmosphere of Poole Quay as you embark on a culinary journey. Indulge in diverse dining options, from seafood to international cuisine, while enjoying picturesque views of the harbour.

 

39. Go on a gin-tasting cruise

Embark on a unique and flavoursome adventure with a gin-tasting cruise. Sample a variety of artisan gins, learn about their products, and enjoy the scenic surroundings as you cruise along the stunning Dorset coast

 

40. The Golden Cap

Lace up your hiking boots and conquer the breathtaking Golden Cap. Ascend to the highest point on the south coast, revel in the panoramic views, and savour the exhilaration of this memorable coastal trek.

 

41. Catch a film at the outdoor cinema at Lulworth Castle

Experience the magic of cinema under the stars at Lulworth Castle's outdoor cinema. Snuggle up in blankets, enjoy blockbuster movies against a historic backdrop, and create unforgettable memories.

 

42. Wine tasting at the English Oak Vineyard

Delight your taste buds with a wine-tasting experience at the English Oak Vineyard. Sample a range of exceptional wines, learn about the winemaking process, and enjoy the flavours of Dorset in every sip.

West Bay

Wareham River

The Golden Cap

Things to do with kids in Dorset

 

43. Moors Valley County Park

Explore the natural beauty of Moors Valley Country Park. Enjoy woodland walks, cycling trails, adventure play areas, and even a steam railway, offering a perfect day out for families and nature enthusiasts alike.

 

44. Fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast

Embark on a thrilling adventure along the Jurassic Coast, renowned for its rich fossil heritage. Discover ancient marine creatures and fossils embedded in the cliffs, creating a fascinating experience for aspiring palaeontologists.

 

45. Dorset Adventure Park

Unleash your inner adventurer at Dorset Adventure Park. With exhilarating activities like water zorbing, paddleboarding, and inflatable obstacles, this park offers an action-packed day of fun and excitement for all ages.

 

46. New Forest Water Park

Dive into a world of aquatic thrills at New Forest Water Park. Enjoy wakeboarding, kayaking, and inflatable water obstacles, providing endless entertainment and adrenaline-pumping experiences for water sports enthusiasts.

 

47. Adventure Wonderland

Enter a realm of imagination and excitement at Adventure Wonderland. With rides, play areas, live shows, and the chance to meet beloved characters, this theme park offers a magical experience for young children.

 

48. Rock pooling at Kimmeridge Bay

Explore the fascinating world of rock pools at Kimmeridge Bay. Discover hidden treasures, observe marine life, and learn about the diverse ecosystems that thrive along the Dorset coastline.

 

49. Putlake Adventure Park

Delight in a fun-filled day at Putlake Adventure Park. From farm animals and tractor rides to indoor and outdoor play areas, this park provides entertainment and first-hand experiences for young children.

 

50. Hop onboard Swanage Railway

Take a nostalgic journey through time on the Swanage Railway. Travel on a lovingly restored steam train, relish the scenic views of the countryside and experience the charm of a bygone era.

 

51. Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf

Embark on a pirate-themed mini-golf adventure at Smugglers Cove. Putt your way through challenging courses, navigate through caves, and soak up the swashbuckling ambience of this family-friendly attraction.

 

52. Farmer Palmer's

Enjoy a farm-filled day of fun and education at Farmer Palmer's. Meet friendly farm animals, go on tractor rides, engage in interactive play areas, and create lasting memories in this delightful farm park.

 

53. Bournemouth Oceanarium 

Immerse yourself in the wonders of the ocean at the Oceanarium. Encounter fascinating marine life, from colourful fish to playful penguins, and gain a deeper understanding of the importance of ocean conservation.

 

54. Visit the Teddy Bear Museum

Step into a world of cuddly companions at the Teddy Bear Museum in Dorchester. Marvel at an impressive collection of teddy bears, learn about their history and enjoy a heart-warming experience for teddy bear enthusiasts.

 

55. Learn more at the Tutankhamun Exhibition

Unearth the treasures of ancient Egypt at the Tutankhamun Exhibition in Dorchester. Discover artefacts, learn about the life of the boy king, and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of ancient civilizations.

 

56. Dinosaur Museum

Travel back in time to the age of dinosaurs at the Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester. Encounter life-sized dinosaur models, fossils, and interactive exhibits, offering an educational and thrilling experience for dinosaur enthusiasts of all ages.

Adventure Wonderland

Farmer Palmer's

Bournemouth Oceanarium

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