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A fascinating combination of medieval monastery and family home. Many of its 12th century features, including the Cloisters and vaulted Undercroft (in use today as a tea room) are beautifully preserved. Award winning garden.
Spectacular formal valley gardens beside 16th-17th century manor. Pools, orangery, fine views and walks. Voted 'The Nation's Finest Manor House' by Country Life magazine.
Athelhampton is one of the finest 15th centrury manor houses and is surrounded by one of the great architectural gardens of England. The Grade I Listed garden, dating from c1891, is full of vistas and gains much from the fountains and River Piddle flowing through. The walled gardens include the world- famous topiary pyramids and collections of tulips, roses, magnolias, clematis and lilies.
The lovely 35 acre formal gardens were created between 1915 and 1922 within the existing framework of an eighteenth century Capability Brown style parkland setting and the vestiges of a Victorian garden.
Set over 8 acres the gardens hold the National Plant Collection of Water Lilies with a Claude Monet style Japanese Bridge, Tropical House, Woodland Walks and Museum.
Kingston Lacy is an elegant 17th century Italian inspired country mansion set in attractive formal gardens and extensive parkland.
Voted one of the 10 prettiest gardens in England by The Times. Famed for their display of rhododendrons, azaleas, Japanese cherries and magnolias.
A maritime micro-climate enables the Mediterranean and southern hemisphere garden to grow rare and tender plants. National collection of Hoherias.
Renowned for its naturalistic style, the garden also provides a living workshop for the award-winning nursery as it showcases the ‘right plant right place’ principles to glorious effect. Visitors to the four-acre garden will find one of the country’s most extensive collections of grasses planted against an equally impressive backdrop of rare and unusual woody plants.
One acre walled garden on south facing slopes of Bride River Valley. Herbaceous borders, riverside rose walk, lavender beds and potager vegetable and cut flower gardens. Original Victorian glasshouses.
Recently created garden described as a modern arcadia it follows traditions of the landscape movement, but for 21st century. Where sculpture has been placed, the planting palette has been kept simple, but dramatic, so that the work remains the star.
Over 130 acres of award winning parkland incl formal gardens, walled garden, woodland and shoreline.
A masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design. With its towering walls of glass, glow of ham stone, and its surrounding gardens it is a place of beauty and wonder.
The garden, complete with working kitchen garden and orchard, lies in the charming village of Tintinhull, Somerset. Glittering pools, secluded lawns, colourful borders and clipped hedges provide the perfect spot to relax and unwind away from the hustle and bustle.
Well known garden constructed in 1920 by Col Arthur Lyle. Gertrude Jekyll suggested planting schemes for the layout. Paved paths with walled rose and iris, white and lily gardens, large kitchen garden.
The Grade 1 listed garden is renowned as the premier example of the English cottage garden style and is noted for its specialist collections of snowdrops, hellebores and hardy geraniums. Created by the late Margery Fish
Beautiful 13 acre garden with unusual trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. Traditional summerhouse looks towards lake and ancient oak woodland with rhododendrons and azaleas.
Hestercombe Gardens are unique as they span three centuries of garden design. Set within 50 acres, the Victorian Shrubbery, the Georgian Landscape Garden and the Edwardian Formal Gardens all offer a different experience.
Glorious landscape garden surrounded by parkland, fine 18th-century house with renowned historical fashion collection.
Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 Sherborne Castle is an historic house which reflects a glorious variety of decorative styles from over 400 years of English history. The Grade I listed garden was one of Capability Brown’s first commissions which survives largely unaltered today.
One of Henry VIII’s finest coastal forts, built in the early 1540s to protect against French and Spanish invasion. In 2002, as part of English Heritage's scheme to create a series of Contemporary Heritage Gardens, a competition was held to design the quarter of an acre garden - it was won by Christopher Bradley-Hole, a designer renowned for his minimalist approach.
The Tank Museum brings the history of tanks and tank crews to life, supported by the world's best collection of tanks, and action packed live displays during the holidays.
Unique family museum with its evocative and atmospheric displays of teddy bears from throughout the last century. From the earliest teddy bears right up until today’s TV favourites they are all there to be seen and enjoyed.
The Haynes International Motor Museum is the UK’s largest exhibition of great cars from around the world. A living and working museum, with over 400 amazing cars and bikes from nostalgic classics of the 50’s and 60’s to exciting super cars of today.
The Keep is the Military Museum of Devon and Dorset. Housed in an extraordinary castle-like building, the collection spans 300 years of history from the age of red coats and muskets through both World Wars to recent operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The only museum on mainland Britain solely devoted to dinosaurs; the award-winning Dinosaur Museum is a treat, especiallly for children. The musuem combines life-sized reconstructions of dinosaurs with fossils and skeletons to create an exciting hands-on experience. Multimedia displays tell the story of the dinosaurs and their enthralling prehistoric world.
The unique and quirky museum is a delightful nostalgia trip bringing back wonderful memories of long forgotten TV programmes leaving you smiling and reminiscing.
Lyme’s lively local history is well represented by maritime and domestic objects, and illustrated by paintings, prints and photographs. Regular fossil hunting trips.
Beaminster Museum is an Arts Council of England accredited local history museum. The permanent collection highlights all aspects of life and work in Beaminster and its surrounding villages since prehistoric times.
The Museum tells the story of the town's history from its origins to the present day with notable displays on artefacts from a nearby Roman hill-fort and the world famous rope and net making industries.
A wealth of information about Dorset’s history and culture awaits visitors to Dorset County Museum. Six Galleries covering 200 million years of the county’s history and natural environment will enable every visitor to appreciate the richness of Dorset’s past and present.
The Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum tells the harrowing tale of the Martyrs' arrest, trial and punishment, leading to the foundation of modern day trade unionism.
The Museum’s collection reflects the most significant aspects of Portland’s history: the sea, stone, archaeology and Island life, through its association with famous people over the centuries, and the social history of the Islanders.
Built by the Victorians to protect Portland Harbour, Nothe Fort is one of the best preserved Forts of its kind. The advances in technology that affected the Fort are explained through many displays, exhibits and audio visual facilities located on the ramparts, gun decks and maze of underground passageways.
Sherbourne Museum has a collection that reflects the geological, historical, industrial, cultural and social aspects of Sherborne’s heritage, as well as its natural history.
The displays, animations and films in the Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre tell the story of the Cove and Durdle Door, two of the most iconic geological features on the Jurassic Coast.
Discover a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures. Marvel over 1000 incredible creatures including snapping crocodiles, adorable penguins, playful seals, inquisitive otters & fascinating seahorses. Naturally themed indoor and outdoor features such as our underwater ocean tunnel, Rainforest & Shark Reef.
Jurassic Skyline offers unrivalled views of this breathtaking natural phenomenon. With floor to ceiling windows, the viewing capsule slowly rotates a full 360 degrees offering uninterrupted panoramic views up to 26km away.
The 65-acre park is home to the stars of TV’s ‘Monkey Life’ and ‘Monkey Business’, and provides sanctuary for rescued and endangered primates from around the world.
Nestling in over 100 acres of beautiful East Devon countryside and featuring over 60 rides and attractions, Crealy offers a wide selection of outdoor rides as well as extensive indoor soft play areas, attractions, and a whole host of different animals.
With over 2,000 animals there is plenty to see and do. See them all: giraffes, lions, gorillas, cheetahs and thrilling crocodiles, plus cheeky meerkats, colourful snakes and amazing monkeys. There are indoor play areas, a Jungle Express train and uniquely, 6 habitats that mimic the animals' natural environment.
Multi-award winning Activity Farm. Different animal activity, show or display every half hour, friendly animals and four free rides.
Home to the famous PECO Model Railway Exhibition and the Beer Heights Light Railway. Miniature steam locomotives pull passenger trains on a mile-long route through the grounds. Also features the Millennium Celebration Garden, a series of five celestially themed garden ‘rooms’.
200 acres of parkland where guinea fowl and peacocks roam freely. See the Anglo-Saxon village. Test your orientation with the world-class beech hedge maze, and visit the birds of prey displays or wildcats.
Children and adults alike can ride, drive and operate real diggers, dumpers and other full- size construction machinery.
The Gartell Light Railway is a delightful narrow gauge railway in South Somerset, privately operated by the Gartell family and their friends and is specially opened to the public on selected dates through the year.
Award-winning standard gauge preserved steam railway offers a unique journey through six miles of beautiful scenery passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle, travelling down to the blue flag beach at Swanage.
Splashdown is home to 13 indoor and outdoor flume rides and 3 under 5's splash zones.
You are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. You can help hand feed 600 swans or get lost in the giant willow maze.
Children can cuddle the guinea pigs, ride the ponies, race the tractors, play in the large undercover play area, jump around on the bouncy castle and bottle feed lambs.
One of the top ten 'Best Family Days Out in Devon' - The Telegraph, 2016. Working farm is home to donkeys, mules and hinnies, large and small.
Family attraction offering hands-on animal experiences and plentiful play areas.
Fortified manor house on the River Exe has been the family home of the earls of Devon since the 13th century. Guided tours of the house. Gardens and deer park overlooking the River Exe.
Home to many rare plants with origins from all parts of the world, including one of the finest collections of trees in Britain. Bigfoot maze, mini golf miniature village and a large climbing camp.
As much an attraction as it is a museum, the Fleet Air Arm Museum is where Museum meets theatre. You’ll ‘fly’ by helicopter to the replica flight deck of the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal. The Museum has the largest collection of Naval aircraft anywhere in Europe.
Seaton Jurassic is a visitor attraction that will tell the story of the Jurassic Coast, England's first Natural World Heritage Site.
Hour long tour through the awe-inspiring caves with their mighty halls of vaulted roofs and pillars of Beer Stone which have been likened to a vast underground cathedral.
See the superb displays of local fossil finds and then join a fossil hunting walk to discover your own.
Seaton Tramway operates narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in East Devon’s glorious Axe Valley, travelling alongside the River Axe estuary through two nature reserves and giving an unrivalled view of the abundant wading bird life.
Explore the 4000 year history of glass, learn how glass is made and view master craft works from over the centuries, then watch them at work over an elevated view platform. Marble runs, animated animals, fairground mirrors, penny press and museums.
Family fun; petting farm, birds of prey, museum, steam engines, slides and rides.
A range of indoor and outdoor railway themed attractions providing entertainment in all weathers. Visitors ride on two different railways and children clip the tickets and wave the flag to start the train. The model railway exhibition and Edwardian model village incorporate push buttons and I-Spys to add to the fun.
The centre holds regular events including Train Days where steam train rides are operated with the original Southern Railway turntable. Driver courses available.
One of the best ways to explore the Marshwood Vale. There’s no need to worry about the distance you’ll cover as the electric motor helps to make the miles fly by. Guided tours depart throughout the year and are suitable for those aged 14 years old and above.
Enjoy two to three hours in the trees taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings, Rope Ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings. At Haldon you can experience the thrill of two Zip Wires flying you across a valley, taking in panoramic views of Dartmoor as you go.
Award winning trips from West Bay Harbour. West Bay Blast! - Coastal Cruises - Water Taxi - Water Skiing - Wake Boarding
UK Llamas is a CEFAS registered fishing lake, built 15 years ago, with the first fish only being introduced in 2012. Fisherman are welcome to use the lakeside log cabin to hang up their gear or to have a break from bad weather to warm up by the gas heater.
Oldest golf club in Dorset located on the stunning Jurassic coastline The views stretch across Lyme Bay and along Chesil Beach to Portland. The 6213 yard cliff top golf course is a challenging but fair test for all levels of golfer.
The course occupies a cliff top location with coastal views over the Jurassic coastline towards Portland Bill and overlooks the historic town and World Heritage Site of Lyme Regis.
XC trail and a Skills Park Area with 4 Mini Trails and Jumps. The XC trail is free and the Bike Skills Park has a day rate.
Horse riding offering tailor-made lessons, hacks out and parties to suit your capabilities.
Air-gun, small bore and full bore shooting range. Home Office approved with NSRA and NRA range officers.
It is surprisingly easy to learn to fly a paraglider. You can often fly solo from part the way up the hill on your first day. Flying Frenzy is a small and enthusiastic team dedicated to teaching all the skills and knowledge needed to progress quickly and safely.They have been instructing in West Dorset since 1993; the longest established paragliding school in the West Country.
Kayaking is a great way to explore the coastline around Lyme Regis. You don’t need any previous experience as you will be taught all you need prior to leaving the shop. Both single and double kayaks are offered so parents can take to the water with their children.
West Bay Diving welcomes Individual and Club Divers and operates a 10.5 Vigilante 33 hard boat, MCA coded and licensed to carry 12 passengers up to 60 miles offshore. There is a huge kitting up bench and a dive lift on the back as well as toilet facilities onboard.
Join Harry May for a fun few hours either mackerel or deep sea fishing. Two boats can operate weather permitting.
1hr mackerel fishing for all the family done the traditional way with purpose made hand lines for everyone . 3, 6 and 8 hr trips also available.
The Jolly Dodger is available for fishing charters, 3/6/8 hour fishing trips and coastal cruises. Itis fully equipped with an onboard toilet, hot drinks and an oven for cold winter trips.