The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
A lovely 17th century pub which has been recently refurbished and offers an excellent locally sourced menu along side chilled cask ales. Take the kids and the dog as all are welcome here!
We stayed at Old Down Cottage Horton (1934) and would recommend the Inn at Cranborne. Family and Dog friendly, recently refurbished, excellent food reasonably priced and the staff were friendly and attentive.
Rockley Sands beach in Poole is a small sand and mud beach, with facilities including a cafe, shop, toilets, equipment hire and parking. There is also disabled access and the beach is dog-friendly all year. Swimming at low tide should not be attempted due to strong currents.
A seven and a half mile circular walk following footpaths, tracks and some road through mixed woodland. Not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs, there are fifteen stiles en-route and dogs are allowed but must be on a lead.
Surrounded by rivers and set on water meadows, Wimborne Minster occupies a lovely position. The Minster itself is breathtaking; built between the 12th and 14th centuries, it has an imposing central tower that dominates the town’s skyline. You could spend a fortnight exploring the town and still not see everything of note, but don’t miss the Priest’s House Museum and Garden, the market and the Tivoli Theatre.
Cycling, fishing, walks, golf, rope swings; there are loads of activities to try here. Choose how active you want to be - swinging through the trees on the Go Ape rope swings, chugging along taking in the scenery on the narrow gauge steam railway, or just relaxing with a picnic by the lake. A great way to spend the day in the Dorset countryside.
You won't want to leave!
Come for the day and bring a packed lunch! Parking is around £8 for a full day and entry is free! There are no bins so bring bags with you and take your rubbish home. Fantastic place for kids of all ages, there are two play areas, one for young children which is sandy and lots of things to swing and climb and play on. The other area for older children which is just brilliant. There is a walk in the forest and every few hundred yards there is another climbing frame or challenge for the kids to do. You can organise to walk through the trees (age restriction) and you walk several feet up attached to a cable. There is a land train (small charge) which takes you right around the park and to a small purpose made station. There is a picnic park with picnic tables and refreshments available. A wonderful find and you won't want to leave!
A National Trust nature reserve, this three-mile curve of sand is home to many breeds of rare bird. Voted the UK's 4th top beach by Which? Magazine - though locals would probably place it higher. Studland is also a popular family beach famous for its nudist section at Knoll Bay, the National Trust's only designated naturist beach. With safe shallow waters, sandy beach and a cafe this is a great place for children. National Trust members can park for free.
Gets pretty busy at peak times, but it's a great place all year round - as sandy as the Bournemouth beaches but totally sheltered from the prevailing south westerly breezes. National Trust Membesr park for free. Use the road from Corfe or chain ferry from Sandbanks.
This beautiful National Trust property is well worth a visit for its art collection, Egyptian artefacts and Edwardian Japanese tea garden. With a house, garden and estate to discover you will find plenty to keep you busy here!
Our trip to Kingston Lacy was a highlight of our west country visit. The gardens were some of the best in a national trust site from our experience .The house was also one of the best we have visited.
Visit the world-famous gardens at Stourhead and sit amongst tranquil scenes. Described as ‘a living work of art’, the gardens lead visitors on a breath-taking journey. Spend a while in the 18th Century Palladian villa and Hoare family home, before wending your way around the grounds, falling in love with the beautifully thought out landscapes and classical architecture.
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.
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