The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
Named after the legendary Dorset cheese (Monty Python fans may recall it mentioned in the 'Cheese Shop Sketch'). The Blue Vinny has a great menu (naturally, featuring dishes such as sirloin steak glazed with Blue Vinny, with wild mushrooms and hand cut chips), and a lovely big beer garden to sleep it all off.
Home to around 700 yards of shingle beach, Ringstead Beach on the Jurassic Coast has plenty of space for everyone to find a quiet corner of their own. For ease, a shop and cafe are located in the car park. The east end of the main beach, which is about a 20 minute walk, is a nudist area. Ringstead is a dog-friendly beach.
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.
Managed by Dorset Countryside this magical woodland offers a 26 hectare site to explore. With a plethora of trees and wildlife you'll have hours of fun here and may even see Dormice and bats.
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.
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.
This beautiful place is 200 metres from our cottage (The Stables) - the sculptures are fantastic and you could spend all day there with a cool box and picnic! Closed Mondays & Tuesdays April to September and Sundays & Mondays October to March>
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.
The beautifully preserved 15th Century manor house has stunning interiors resplendent with antique furnishings. The famous formal gardens incorporate a series of tranquil, sophisticated spaces, including the great court with its giant pyramids, simple plantings of roses, clematis and tulips, fountains and pools laden with water lillies, a canal and the River Piddle. The 15th Century dovecote still houses white doves. Stop off for some home-cooked refreshment at the Topiary Restaurant. Open March to October.
A beautiful place with lots to day - a lovely day out for all!
The gardens were very interesting with fountains, walled gardens, ponds etc. Very well maintained and beautiful whatever the weather. I'm sure this would be a perfect venue for a wedding, which they do cater for. I also found the food in the restaurant of very good quality. Would definitely recommend a visit!
A Treasure Trove
A lovely day out. The staff here are very friendly and welcoming, the food is delicious and the house is a real treasure trove, full of beautiful antique furniture and artwork. Not to mention the gardens, where you can spend many a happy hour exploring among the ponds, fountains, walled gardens and fabulous topiary giant pyramids.
A charming, quintessentially English garden. With meadows and wide lawns, there are plenty of different styles to enjoy.
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.
A classic cottage with real romance; close your eyes and imagine the characters of Far from the Madding Crowd coming to life here.
Not open every day - shut when we went but a beautiful thatched cottage and lovely area of Dorset.
Another great visit for NT Members - combine it with visit to Max Gate, Hardy's Dorchester home, and To Cloud's Hill, TE Lawrence's little place near Bovington.
Situated in the old school at Moreton, stop off for a cream tea or the Sunday carvery. They can't be bad as they won the South West cafe/Tearoom of the Year at the Taste of the West Awards 2010.
Blast form the past
This place serves some serious tea! As well as just being able to get a standard cup of 'builders' you can get a huge range of other more exciting teas. Lovely place to drop in on if you fancy a proper cup of tall poured tea.
Excellent tea rooms close to Lawrence of Arabia's grave and the lovely moreton Church. They have a great bistro on Friday and Saturday nights too.
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