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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 Dorset area. Our superb staff are more than happy to help if you're after something a little different.

Weymouth Seafront and 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! Fun for the whole family.

(Discounted tickets available from The Waterside Reception)

Tel: 0871 423 2110

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Weymouth Tower

53 metres above the Weymouth stands the Jurasic Skyline. With views over Weymouth, the Bay and on towards the Jurassic coastline, this attraction is not to be missed!

Discounted tickets available from reception.

Tel: 0871 423 2110

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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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MFA Bowl

Have a fun afternoon bowling and playing arcade games - fun for all the family no matter how old you are!

Tel: 0843 290 8935

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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.

Alternatively, 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, and is 8 kilometres south of the resort of Weymouth, forming the southernmost point of Dorset.

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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 the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans and from mid-May to June you can watch the fluffy baby swans hatch - a lovely sight to see.

(Discounted tickets available from The 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

Is a natural limestone arch near Lulworth in Dorset, and is one of the most photographed landmarks on the Jurassic Coast.

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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. There is a great ape play area, keeper's talks and guided tours to enjoy.

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

One of the south's leading attractions. Specifically designed for children 0-8 and their families. A farm-ful of fun, whatever the weather. Animal activities, bouncy castles, soft play zone, woodland walk, maize maze and more!

Tel: 01202 622022

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Splashdown, Tower Park

Visit this action packed water park that everyone will enjoy! There are some 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. Why not pack a picnic? 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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