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Local Dorset attractions

Our part of Dorset is almost entirely an area of outstanding natural beauty, with spectacular and unique sites to visit. Take a look below for an idea of the great places to visit in the area. Our knowledgeable staff are more than happy to help if you're after something a little different.

Weymouth Seafront & Harbour

  • Enjoy a seaside resort's favourite lunch with fish and chips on Weymouth beach
  • And afterwards, go crabbing at Weymouth Harbour or explore the rock pools at Bowleaze Cove

Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park

  • Discover an outdoor park with fantastic rides and marine creatures plus a watery play area!
  • Discounted tickets available from Waterside Reception

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Nothe Fort

  • Located at the entrance to Weymouth Harbour the Fort is a labyrinth of underground passageways and outdoor areas with stunning views of the Jurassic Coast
  • Tel: 01305 766626

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Chesil Beach

  • Go for a late afternoon stroll along Chesil Beach or partake in a spot of fishing while looking out to sea
  • Take a blanket and some snacks to sit and enjoy the early evening sunset and stunning views next to the lighthouse at Portland Bill


  • The Isle of Portland is a limestone tied island
  • 8 kilometres south of the resort of Weymouth, and the southernmost point of Dorset

Abbotsbury Children's Farm

  • A place full of indoor and outdoor fun where kids can cuddle guinea pigs, bottle feed baby goats, race toy tractors, ride ponies and more
  • Tel: 01305 871817

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Abbotsbury Swannery

  • Walk through a colony of nesting Mute Swans and from mid-May to June you can watch baby swans hatch
  • Discounted tickets available from Waterside Reception
  • Tel: 01305 871858

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Jurassic Kayak Tours

  • Explore the world heritage Jurassic coastline by kayak, marvel at the amazing rock formations, relax in secluded coves and enjoy marine life at its natural habitat
  • Tel: 01305 835301

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Durdle Door

  • A natural limestone arch near Lulworth in Dorset
  • One of the most photographed landmarks on the Jurassic Coast

Lulworth Cove and Castle

  • Take a walk around Lulworth Cove's pebble beach, have a sit down and let the kids play in the sea while enjoying the beautiful scenery. Or visit nearby Durdle Door or Kimmeridge for some fossil-hunting
  • Tel: 01929 400352

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Monkey World

  • The 65-acre park is home to over 240 rescued and endangered primates of 17 different species
  • Great ape play area, keeper's talks and guided tours
  • Tel: 0800 456600

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The Tank Museum, Bovington

  • Brings the story of tanks and tank crew to life, supported by the world's best collection of tanks and boasting action packed live displays
  • Tel: 01929 405096

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Farmer Palmer's Farm Park

  • Specifically designed for children 0-8 and their families
  • Animal activities, bouncy castles, soft play zone, woodland walk, maize maze and more!
  • Tel: 01202 622022

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Splashdown, Tower Park

  • Great water flume rides and little ones can have a splash around in the kiddies area and toddler pool
  • Tel: 01202 716123

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Poole Quay

  • Stroll around Poole Quay, sit and relax and enjoy a drink and a spot of lunch outside one of the pubs while watching the boats come in

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Blue Pool & Teahouse

  • Walk around the pool with its constantly changing colours and take a look around the museum
  • Or enjoy a piece of cake, cream tea or delicious Dorset ice cream in the quaint tea rooms
  • Tel: 01929 551408

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Brownsea Island, Poole

  • Take the boat to Brownsea Island and enjoy a leisurely stroll while looking out for native red squirrels
  • Tel: 01202 707744

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The Official Test Centre (OTC), Portland

  • Discover a watersports centre with everything you need for a thrilling adventure, including hire, sale and tuition of windsurfing and kitesurfing equipment.
  • Located right on the water's edge, within the grounds of the National Sailing Academy on Portland, Dorset.
  • Tel: 01305 230296

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The Andrew Simpson Centre

  • Sailing in Portland Harbour gives you the benefit of sea sailing, but in a safe and enclosed environment giving versatility to all sessions.
  • The Andrew Simpson Centre offer sailing and watersports courses for everyone aged 5+ across a range of activities.
  • Tel: 01305 457400

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