The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
A traditional 250 year old pub, The Fox Inn specialises in seasonal countryside grub and sources its produce from the finest, local artisan suppliers. Home to an inviting bar and restaurant and doused with a warm, welcoming atmosphere, guests are invited lunchtimes and evenings. Carveries are served on Sundays from midday to 3pm.
We had two excellent meals here which were very good value for money. The staff are friendly and efficient and the atmosphere in the pub is welcoming. If you are there on a Tuesday evening you can even join in with the ukulele group!
My only quibble is that we were there in the first week of October and Christmas was already being advertised (menus etc.) Far too early...bah humbug!
Very popular victorian pub. Excellent value Sunday carvery. Good all round pub.
Once used by smugglers, Ringstead’s shingle beach is set in the Jurassic Coastline and boasts beautiful views. With parking available in the nearby National Trust carpark, there is a fair walk downhill to the beach. Dogs are welcome all year. Make sure you keep an eye out for fossils.
Apart from Studland this is our favourite beach spot in West Dorset. Parking is free at top of the hill but it's a longish walk down; you pay to use the toll road down to the car park near the beach.
Bulbarrow Hill is probably the best known hill in Dorset and is a chalk hill site of an Iron Age hill fort - the name comes from barrows or burial mounds on the hill. Standing at 274m (899ft) high and giving the longest view in Dorset, with spectacular views over five counties, Bulbarrow Hill is the second highest point in Dorset and is a very popular beauty spot.
Spectacular views over rolling country side. Breathtaking and unspoilt. The "top of the world".
Between Dorchester and Poole, deep in Dorset’s hilly countryside, Tolpuddle is a picture postcard village of thatched cottages, leafy lanes and a pretty church. The village is famous for its Tolpuddle Martyrs, a group of agricultural workers who attempted to form the first ever trade union but whose efforts resulted in their deportation to Australia as criminals. A museum in the village now tells the tale through a series of fascinating exhibits.
Home to the famous Cerne Giant, a huge chalk man carved into the hillside whose function is (clearly) as a fertility symbol. Expect much sniggering from younger members of the family.
We loved this village, walked to the old abbey and saw the giant, my son enjoyed the park there too.
Well worth a visit to the Cerne Abbas Giant
Best view of the 'Giant' on the hill is from the car park on A352. Pretty village with footpath to the hill but no direct access to the 'Giant' due to erosion. Well worth the climb up to beyond the 'Giant' for amazing views across beautiful Dorset countryside.
Crisp white table linen, impeccable service and fabulous food.
Excellent food in beautiful country house. In all guides. Welcoming atmosphere. A special night out.
World famous landscaped gardens with a magnificent lake as centrepiece. Certainly worth a visit to see the classical temples, mystical grottoes and rare, exotic trees. Why not combine a walk around the garden with a visit to the house, restaurant and shop with opening time information available on their Web site.
This is the most beautiful place you can imagine - the walk around the lake, dropping into the various buildings and grottoes, is breathtaking. All I can say is you really must visit.
A wonderful must in Dorset. Great gardens and interesting house. Well worth a visit.
Visit this beautiful location to view these sculptures which demonstrate and individual artist flair. Set beside these picturesque lakes the sculptures unite with the environment.
We thought the sculptures were absolutely fantastic, and the gardens, wooded areas and lakes in which they were situated added to the wow factor. We hope to visit again.
This beautiful place is 100 metres from our cottage (The Stables) - the sculptures are fantastic and you could spend all day there with a cool box and picnic! You can only book via their website (link above).
The whole spectrum from chimpanzees and orangutans to marmosets - most have been rescued and all are incredible. This sanctuary does an amazing job at looking after the animals, yet allowing the public to enjoy them, without making too much of a spectacle. Fascinating, sad, heart-warming and fun - you can't tire of the monkey antics but there are impressive play parks for the kids to imitate the apes, should they so wish.
NOT a zoo-more a monkey rest home!
Had a fantastic day at Monkey World.We were a party of four with ages from 10 to 73 and to be honest the two older ladies didnt expect much.I can honestly say that every one of us thoroughly enjoyed everything about it(not least the wonderful monkeys!)Very well set up for disabled and spotlessly clean everywhere.Food good and not too expensive.All in all a great place to enjoy a day out.
If you like monkeys, this is the place to go. Initially we were disappointed as on a cold November day, the monkeys were keeping warm inside, plus we thought it was really small. But then we realised we were being silly and discovered the other 90% of park - amazing! It's big, beautiful and all about the monkeys. The monkeys are incredible and the work done at this sanctuary is heartwarming (though the back stories heartbreaking). It is primarily a rescue centre, not an entertainment venue, but there are play parks for the kids, picnic areas and shops. Highly recommended.
Great Day Out
Thoroughly recommend Monkey World - its fantastic but avoid busy holiday periods if you really want to study the primates.
Monkey World is a great day out for adults as well as kids! It's a rescue centre for all kinds of apes, so your visit is also doing some good.
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