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Places to visit

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 Sealife 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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Jurassic Skyline

  • Fantastic views over Weymouth, the Bay and on towards the Jurassic coastline!

  • Discounted tickets available from 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

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

  • Visit Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre to see over 260 rescued and endangered monkeys and apes! See the stars of TV’s Monkey Life and learn about their lives and rescues, in the 65 acre Dorset park.
  • Tel: 01929 462537

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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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Falmer Palmer's Park Farm

  • 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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