Monkey World – a rescue centre that’s home to more than 250 primates
Swanage Railway – hop aboard a steam train at one of the UK’s most impressive heritage railways
Weymouth Harbour – there are plenty of stunning views and great places to eat at this working harbour
The Tank Museum – a unique collection of more than 300 vehicles, telling the story of armoured warfare from World War One to today
Culture and heritage
Explore landmarks like Corfe Castle, enjoy a day out at a country residence like Mapperton House and Gardens or simply enjoy the landscape and sights that inspired writers including Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen and Enid Blyton.
Great food and drink is easy to find. From cosy pubs serving hearty traditional favourites to fine dining from Michelin-starred chef Alex Aitken at The Jetty in Mudeford, there are options to suit all tastes and budgets. And don’t miss the chance to sample and take home some fantastic local produce, by visiting one of the region’s many farm shops or markets.
Music and nightlife
Dorset’s pubs are the perfect place to spend an atmospheric evening, with many offering outstanding food and drink. If it’s an evening of live entertainment you’re looking for, why not see what’s on at Sturminster Newton’s The Exchange or Bridport’s Electric Palace?
When it comes to shopping, Dorset has it all. Bournemouth is home to some of high street’s biggest names, while Swanage, Sturminster Newton and Sherbourne are a must-visit for those who prefer independent stores and unique boutiques. And, across Dorset, markets – selling everything from food to arts and crafts – are never far away.
Sport and outdoors
Love the great outdoors? Dorset has plenty to offer. Get adventurous and try watersports like sailing or windsurfing, have a go at climbing, or take things at your own pace with a scenic walk or cycle. Or, if you’d rather watch some sport, go to see AFC Bournemouth in action.
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