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One of the great things about Dorset caravan holidays is that you are spoilt for choice when it comes to local attractions. Our part of the county is almost entirely an area of outstanding natural beauty, with spectacular and unique sites to visit.

Whether you are on holiday as a couple, with a group of friends or exploring as a family, you will find plenty to keep you occupied. From meandering walks with amazing views to exploring the coast from the water, meeting friendly animals and splashtastic fun at the flumes, there is something for everyone, whatever the weather.   

During your caravan holidays in Weymouth, seek out the things you enjoy. With so much to see and do in Dorset, you never have to travel far for a fun day out.  

Take a look below for an idea of the great places to visit* in the area during your Dorset caravan holidays. Our knowledgeable staff are more than happy to help if you're after something a little different.

*Prices and opening times are approximate and subject to change, so make sure you check before you go.


Weymouth Seafront & Harbour

  • Stretching round from Weymouth itself, there’s plenty to discover right on your doorstep.
  • Enjoy a seaside resorts’ classic lunch with fish and chips on Weymouth beach.
  • Afterwards, try crabbing at Weymouth Harbour or explore the Bowleaze Cove.
Dorset Attractions Weymouth Seafront & Harbour

Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park

  • Discover a 14 acre marine park with both indoor and outdoor exhibits and attractions.
  • Meet a huge variety of marine creatures and find out more about their habitats.
  • With rides, attractions and a play area, stay and play all day.
  • Open daily at 10am, last entry 4pm.
  • Pirate Adventure and Mini Golf open daily at 9.30am, last game at 5.45pm.
  • Discounted tickets available from Waterside Reception.

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Dorset Attractions Weymouth Sealife

Nothe Fort

  • Nothe Fort is Weymouth's number one heritage attraction. Located at the entrance to Weymouth Harbour, the Fort offers excellent 360 degree views across Dorset's Jurassic Coast.
  • Discover the maze of underground passages, a museum of the Fort's history, parade ground, impressive guns positioned high on the ramparts, and fun trails to keep the children busy.
  • The Fort View Cafe serves wonderful home made cakes and lunches.
  • Open every day 11am – 4pm, last entry 3pm.
  • Tel: 01305 766626

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Chesil Beach

  • A long stretch of pebble and shingle beach just a short distance from Waterside Park.
  • Go for a late afternoon stroll 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.
  • Distance from park: from approx. 5miles/8km
Dorset Attractions Chesil Beach


  • The Isle of Portland is a limestone tied island famous for shipwrecks.
  • 8 kilometres south of the resort of Weymouth, and the southernmost point of Dorset. 
  • Perfect for walks and enjoying fantastic sea views.
  • Distance from park: approx. 8miles/13km
Dorset Attractions Portland Dorset

Abbotsbury Swannery

  • Walk through a colony of nesting Mute Swans and from mid-May to June you can watch baby swans hatch
  • Walk through the only managed colony of nesting mute swans in the world.
  • There are up to an incredible 600 swans on site during the main season.
  • From mid-May to June you can even watch the cygnets hatch.
  • Distance from park: approx. 12miles/19km
  • Open every day 10am-5 pm (last entry 4pm).
  • Discounted tickets available from Waterside Reception.
  • Tel: 01305 871858

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Dorset Attractions Abbotsbury Swannery

Adventure 4 All 

  • Weymouth and Portland's leading outdoor activity provider. Specialising in Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), Coasteering, Rock Climbing, Kayaking, Military adventure training, team building and much more.
  • Tel: 07870 659 081

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Durdle Door

  • An incredible, natural limestone arch at one end of a pebble and shingle beach near Lulworth.
  • Part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
  • One of the most photographed and iconic landmarks in the area.
  • Distance from park: approx. 13miles/21km
Dorset Attractions Durdle Door

Lulworth Cove and Castle

  • Famous for its interesting geology and breath-taking scenery, Lulworth Cove is well worth a visit.
  • Take a walk around the pebble beach, swim in the sea, or get an ice cream or something to eat in one of the cafes.
  • Team with a visit to Lulworth Castle (entry fee applies), Durdle Door or Kimmeridge.
  • Distance from park: approx. 14miles/22km
  • Tel: 01929 400352

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Dorset Attractions Lulworth Cove and Castle

Monkey World

  • A 65 acre park home to over 260 rescued and endangered monkeys and apes. 
  • See the stars of TV’s Monkey Life and learn about their lives and rescues. 
  • Several daily talks/feedings, multiple fantastic play areas, restaurants and a gift shop ensure everyone is kept happy all day long.
  • Distance from park: approx. 14miles/22km
  • Open every day 10am-5pm.
  • Tel: 01929 462537

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Dorset Attractions Monkey World

The Tank Museum, Bovington

  • A huge collection of tanks from around the world.
  • Fascinating talks, exhibitions, interactive displays and activities.
  • Special events and live action days throughout the year.
  • Distance from park: approx. 14miles/23km.
  • Open every day 10am-5pm
  • Tel: 01929 405096

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Dorset Attractions Tank Museum Bovington

Farmer Palmer's Farm Park

  • A fun packed farm park, specially designed for children 0-8 and their families.
  • Walk around the outdoor animal enclosures and make new farmyard friends.
  • Animal talks/feedings, tractor rides, playground, soft play, woodland walk, maize maze, restaurant and more.
  • Distance from park: 25miles/40km
  • Open in two daily sessions: 9am-1pm and 2pm-5.30pm
  • Tel: 01202 622022

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Dorset Attractions Falmer Palmers Park Farm

Splashdown, Tower Park

  • Fantastic water flume rides for all the family with a toddler pool for the little ones.
  • 13 thrilling indoor and outdoor flume rides and 3 under 5s splash zones.
  • Team with a visit to the cinema or arcade and a meal out at one of the many restaurants also in Tower Park.
  • Distance from park: approx. 27miles/44km
  • Check opening times before you visit
  • Tel: 01202 716123

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Dorset Attractions Splashdown Tower Park

Poole Quay

  • Historic Poole Quay is a fun and fascinating place to visit.
  • Why not head to the museum (free entry) or try the Cockle Trail self-guided walk to discover more about the local area?
  • Many shops, cafes and restaurants from which you can watch the boats, or you could get involved and take a harbour cruise yourself.
  • Distance from park: 36miles/58km

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Dorset Attractions Poole Quay

Blue Pool & Teahouse

  • A unique and stunning beauty spot set in 25 acres of heath, woodland and gorse.
  • 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.
  • Distance from park: 20miles/32km
  • Open daily 10am-4pm
  • Tel: 01929 551408

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Dorset Attractions Blue Pool Teahouse

Brownsea Island, Poole

  • Take the foot ferry to The National Trust’s Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour and enjoy a holiday within your holiday.
  • Home to beautiful wildlife including deer, peacocks, red squirrels and abundant birdlife.
  • Pack a picnic and walk around the island or head to one of the play areas to keep everyone entertained.
  • Distance from park: approx. 36miles/58km to Poole Quay and then a foot ferry.
  • Open daily: 9am-5.30pm
  • Tel: 01202 707744

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Dorset Attractions Brownsea Island Poole

The Official Test Centre (OTC), Portland

  • Set within the grounds of the National Sailing Academy on Portland.
  • Specialists in windsurfing, kitesurfing, wing-foiling and paddleboarding.
  • Offering hire, sale and tuition for all abilities at their affiliated RYA/BKSA/AALA accredited school.
  • Distance from park: 6miles/10km
  • Tel: 01305 230296

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Dorset Attractions Paddleboarding

The Andrew Simpson Centre

  • Andrew Simpson Centres are not-for-profit, aiming to change the lives of young people through sailing.
  • The flagship centre in Weymouth gives the benefit of sea sailing, but in a safe and enclosed environment.
  • Try taster days, kayaking, paddleboarding, powerboating and sailing for all ages.
  • Distance from park: 6miles/10km
  • Tel: 01305 457400

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Dorset Attractions Andrew Simposon Centre
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