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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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  • henley hillbillies

    Henley Hillbillies

    Affordable motorsport & shooting activities for all the family in the heart of Dorset. Exhilarating single activities for individuals and groups, with prices from £35/head (min age 8 years)

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  • Kimmeridge Bay Feature

    Kimmeridge Bay

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    Resting just east of the magical Lulworth Cove, Kimmeridge Bay is a hotspot for those budding marine biologists – boasting excellent rock-pooling and snorkelling for keen explorers.

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  • Lulworth Castle and Park

    Set within 20 miles of Dorset countryside is the picturesque Lulworth Estate, complete with the 17th century mock castle that has now been rebuilt as a museum.

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  • Monkey World

    Monkey World is a chimpanzee rescue centre based near Wareham, the 60-acre park is home to over 250 apes and monkeys rescued from laboratories, circuses and the pet-trade.

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  • Nothe Fort

    Built by the Victorians to protect Portland Harbour, Nothe Fort is certainly well preserved. Advances in technology affected the fort and are displayed through many exhibits and audio visual facilities located on the maze of underground passageways.

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  • Palmers Brewery

    Go behind the scenes in the historic brewery buildings to witness each stage of the centuries-old brewing process. The tour finishes with a beer tasting (or a soft drink) in Palmers Wine Store. Here you may also receive a souvenir to take away with you.

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  • Poole Harbour

    From water sports to fine dining, countryside walks and fishing, there is lots to explore here. Don’t miss the views over the harbour to Brownsea Island from Poole Quay.

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  • Sandbanks


    A small peninsula situated just off the mouth of Poole Harbour with a stunning sandy beach and some of the highest land value in the world.

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  • Sandbanks Beach Feature

    Sandbanks Beach

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    Wheelchair Accessible

    Sandbanks Beach is a long and narrow stretch of sand with a Blue Flag award, offering superb water sports conditions and facilities for all the family to enjoy.

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  • Sandsfoot Castle

    A wonderful place for families, there are castle ruins to learn the history of, and beautiful gardens that overlook the sea. A lovely spot for a picnic by the pond.

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