Things To See Whilst in Dorset
Infamous for a stunning coastline known as the Jurassic Coast, a rich history that locals are happy to share and adventurous activities aplenty one thing is for sure, visitors will never be short of things to see in Dorset.
The breath-taking views out across the English Channel could be reason enough to visit the Dorset coastline.
The breath-taking views out across the English Channel could be reason enough to visit the Dorset coastline. Lovers of natural beauty should be sure to check our Old Harry Rocks in Swanage for a picture perfect moment.
But this stretch of beautiful cliffs, beaches and rock and cliff formations has a much more exciting story to tell visitors.
It’s recommended during any visit to take the Walk-Through Time or perhaps the Jurassic Safari, both of which see visitors encounter rocks dating back 185 million years!
Intrepid explorers, or just those fancying a walk and a look around, can embark on a fossil hunting experience. Try out the best places along the Jurassic Coast where you could find dinosaur bones or fossilised sea creatures. Charmouth is a recommended location and the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre or Lyme Regis Museums run guided fossil walks.
The best time for finding fossils is during the winter months, so wrap up warm. Hunters are of course advised to stay safe and only collect loose fossils. Be aware that in some places no collecting is allowed.
And for those visitors that prefer to enjoy history indoors, there are museums and centres aplenty sharing the rich heritage of the area.
For those looking for a quintessential English town filled with a rich history, Wimborne Minster is the place to visit.
For those looking for a quintessential English town filled with a rich history, Wimborne Minster is the place to visit. Dating back to pre-Roman times the town is famed for its Minster Church, which contains interesting artefacts to be enjoyed by visitors. Make sure to visit the Chained Library as well, containing a collection of sermons belonging to Catherine of Aragon.
Visitors to the Dorset town should also stop by the secret walled garden at the Priest’s House Museum as well as Walford Mill Crafts, with its exhibitions, workshops and shop.
Families visiting the area should visit the Model Town, which is designed to reflect the town back in the 1950s.
Family fun time
Visitors that fancy a day away from the beach will not be disappointed with what Dorset has to offer.
Animal lovers will find something great to see in Dorset when visiting Monkey World, an ape rescue centre with more than 230 rescued and endangered monkey and ape species.
For youngsters and grown-ups that love all things mechanical why not visit the Tank Museum in Bovington. The eight exhibits look back over the 100 years at armoured warfare with visitors able to enjoy hundreds of vehicles on display. The collection also showcases the world’s first ever tank!
History hunters should make sure they take a trip to the Corfe Castle ruins during their visit to Dorset. There are fascinating sights to see at the site, from ‘murder holes’ to arrow loops to secret spots and wildlife living amongst the ruins.
Get ready for tomorrow
Wherever you plan to visit Dorset, at the end of the day you will need somewhere to rest your head – and there are plenty of places for you to consider. In Sherborne, why not consider the Half Moon, with free breakfast, parking and Wi-Fi you’ll have all you need! Happen to be over in Poole? Spend the night at the Shah of Persia. The hotel is close to the town centre with its stunning harbour, busy quayside and the world-renowned Poole Pottery.