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Things to do in Dorset

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Discover the best attractions and activities that Dorset has to offer

Being one of the top tourist destinations in the UK, Dorset has an array of attractions to visit and things to do throughout the year.

Whether you are looking for Heritage Sites, outdoor adventures or action-packed pursuits, there are plenty of activities in Dorset that all ages will enjoy. Take a ride on the award-winning Swanage Railway and view the beautiful sights of Dorset from a comfortable seat. The 6-mile journey will pass the impressive ruins of Corfe Castle, to arrive at Swanage’s Blue Flag beach.

For stunning views of Dorset from a great height, climb the tower at Lulworth Castle and Park. Take a picnic and recline on the Castle lawns, explore the extensive woodlands or discover the 18th century Roman Catholic chapel and the 15th century Church of St Andrew. Make a sure to visit the Dorset Water Park, one of the top water attractions in Dorset. Comprising of inflatable obstacle courses floating on two lakes near Corfe Castle, it is a fun activity that can be enjoyed by all ages.

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  • Adventure Wonderland

    A multi-award winning family theme park featuring a selection of rides and attractions. The park, opposite Bournemouth Airport, takes its inspiration from Lewis Carol’s timeless classic; Alice in Wonderland and promises a fantastic day out.

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  • Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club

    The Bridport and West Dorset golf club lies amongst natural beauty and the World Heritage coastline, where the round is played out above the cliff tops. With a varying weather and a challenging course, it is a test for all levels of golfer.

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  • Brownsea Island

    Brownsea Island

    The largest of the islands in Poole Harbour, with pretty woodlands and cliff top walks, this National Trust-owned area is the perfect destination for nature lovers.

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  • Bullpits Golf Course

    Bullpits Golf Club

    Nestled in Bourton, North Dorset, home to an 18-hole short yet challenging course, with pint-sized greens and tight fairways, is Bullpits Golf Club surrounded by picturesque, wooded scenery.

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  • Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

    Visit the centre to explore the fossil collections and find out how to discover your own fossils on the beach. Throughout the year, the centre hosts guided fossil hunting walks as well as countryside and marine discovery activities along the coastline.

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  • Christchurch Harbour

    A natural harbour located in the county of Dorset, resting on the south coast of England, named after the notable town of Christchurch.

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  • Dorset Water Park

    Dorset Water Park involves two huge inflatable obstacle courses set over two lakes in an idyllic woodland location near Corfe Castle.

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  • Durdle Door, Dorset

    Durdle Door

    One of Dorset’s most iconic landmarks, Durdle Door is the first natural World Heritage Site and a must-visit for those wanting to see the spectacular beauty the Jurassic Coast offers.

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  • Golden Cap

    This natural World Heritage Site is a stunning flat hill top made up of orange sandstone, overlooking the iconic Jurassic Coast.

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  • Hengistbury Head

    Hengistbury Head is a historic headland boasting beautiful walks, along with views of Christchurch Harbour and Bournemouth beach, out to sea.

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