The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
A lovely village inn with snug bar, wood burning stove, wooden floored restaurant and beautiful gardens. This Taste of Dorset Award winning pub also allows dogs in the snug.
Located near Burton Bradstock, Hive Beach is set in the heart of the dramatic Jurassic Coast. Once planned to have been a landing point for Hitler’s troops during the Second World War, these days the beach has a much more pleasant atmosphere. If not too distracted by the views, beach-goers should keep an eye out for fossils buried amongst the limestone.
Hive Beach Cafe serves superb food suitable for all the family from an informal premises right on the beach. Get there early as it's very popular, but even when busy the service is usually reasonably quick.
Brilliant place; so popular you may have to wait! Food is more top-class restaurant quality than cafe.
A lovely half day walk and a great way to explore this part of rural Dorset. With lots to see including historical points of interest, stunning views and country pubs, you will find plenty to keep the whole family happy. Please note this is a good walk for families but not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs.
A fabulous castle built by Sir Walter Raleigh, so well preserved it remains a family home to this day, an impressive abbey and any number of medieval buildings – it’s no wonder that Sherborne is a favourite among historians. Sherborne’s glory isn’t all in the past, though – this gorgeous town has some of the most diverse shopping you’ll find anywhere.
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.
Featuring in Stephen Frears’ film, Tamara Drewe, The White Hart Inn is a 17th Century thatched village pub. The pub serves real ale and ciders in the open bar and hearty pub food in the separate dining area. During the summer months, bevvies can be enjoyed in the beer garden and children can make the most of the play area. Parking is available.
Cosy, friendly pub
A cosy pub offering a la carte menu and bar snacks and friendly atmosphere. Dog friendly, beer garden.
A fabulous castle built by Sir Walter Raleigh, so well preserved it remains a family home to this day. There are walks around the lake and gardens and a tea room for refreshments. A tour inside the castle reveals wonderful paintings, porcelain and furniture before going down into the cellars where Raleigh’s original kitchen, family artefacts and archaeological finds from the old medieval castle are on show.
We have had a rare old time visiting locations we have missed in previous years as well as some old friends. This one was new to us and another beautiful location and building. Again we were met with attentive and helpful staff who helped make the visit even more enjoyable.
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.
An exceptional Elizabethan house filled with treasures, including 17th Century textile samplers and Elizabethan art. This house featured in the 1995 film ‘Sense and Sensibility’.
A lovely house and location . It was a pity it was spoilt by a very heavy handed and hard sell approach in the ticket office to join the N.T. I had to be very persistent to get into the house and gardens without joining up .
Once we had managed to get in we had another issue with an officious lady in the long room who basically told us off for taking the wrong staircase up . It turned out that a rope had not been put in place . How were we to know! Other staff members tried to make up for this and were excellent but the impression overall was poor.
Another West Country gem to consider when in the Somerset or Dorset areas. Although the house was endowed to NT as an empty shell much work has been done by introducing surplus items from other properties and there is a current fascinating exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery which is a must.
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