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Forde Abbey House and Gardens

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.

Mapperton House & Gardens

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 House and Gardens

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.

Kingston Maurward Gardens

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.

Bennetts Water Gardens

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

Kingston Lacy is an elegant 17th century Italian inspired country mansion set in attractive formal gardens and extensive parkland.

Minterne Gardens

Voted one of the 10 prettiest gardens in England by The Times. Famed for their display of rhododendrons, azaleas, Japanese cherries and magnolias.

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

A maritime micro-climate enables the Mediterranean and southern hemisphere garden to grow rare and tender plants. National collection of Hoherias.

Cranborne Manor Garden

Beautiful and historic garden laid out in 17th century by John Tradescant.

Knoll Gardens

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.

Littlebredy Walled Gardens

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.

Sculpture by the Lakes

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.

Upton Country Park

Over 130 acres of award winning parkland incl formal gardens, walled garden, woodland and shoreline.

Montacute House

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.

Tintinhull Garden

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.

Lytes Cary Manor

Intimate manor house with Arts and Crafts-style garden.

Barrington Court

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.

Thomas Hardy's Cottage & Garden

Birthplace of Thomas Hardy.

East Lambrook Manor Gardens

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

Burrow Farm Gardens

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

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.

Knightshayes Court

One of the finest gardens in the south west.

Killerton House

Glorious landscape garden surrounded by parkland, fine 18th-century house with renowned historical fashion collection.

High Garden Nursery

Nursery with gardens.

Sherborne Castle

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.

Portland Castle

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

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.

Teddy Bear Museum

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.

Haynes International Motor Museum

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.

Tutankhamun Exhibition

A spectacular recreation of Tutankhamun's tomb and treasures.

The Keep Military Museum

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.

Dinosaur Museum

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.

Montacute TV Radio Toy Museum

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 Regis Museum

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

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.

Bridport Museum

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.

Dorset County Museum

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.

Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum

The Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum tells the harrowing tale of the Martyrs' arrest, trial and punishment, leading to the foundation of modern day trade unionism.

Weymouth Museum

Discover some of the gems from Weymouth’s fascinating past.

Portland Museum

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.

Nothe Fort

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.

Sherborne Museum

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.

Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre

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.

Palmers Brewery

Tours of the local brewery from Easter to end of October.

Marshwood Manor

Our house and cottages.

Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park

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

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.

Monkey World

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.

Crealy Adventure Park

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.

Paignton Zoo

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.

Pennywell Farm

Multi-award winning Activity Farm. Different animal activity, show or display every half hour, friendly animals and four free rides.

Pecorama

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’.

Wildwood Escot

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.

Diggerland Devon Theme Park

Children and adults alike can ride, drive and operate real diggers, dumpers and other full- size construction machinery.

Gartell Light Railway

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.

Swanage Railway

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 Waterpark

Splashdown is home to 13 indoor and outdoor flume rides and 3 under 5's splash zones.

Abbotsbury Swannery

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.

Abbotsbury Children's Farm

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.

The Donkey Sanctuary

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.

Farmer Palmer's Farm Park

Family attraction offering hands-on animal experiences and plentiful play areas.

Powderham Castle

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.

Longleat

Wildlife park, pleasure gardens, formal gardens and house tours.

Bicton Park Botanical Gardens

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.

Fleet Air Arm Museum

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

Seaton Jurassic is a visitor attraction that will tell the story of the Jurassic Coast, England's first Natural World Heritage Site.

Beer Quarry Caves

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.

Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

See the superb displays of local fossil finds and then join a fossil hunting walk to discover your own.

Seaton Tramway

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.

House of Marbles

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.

World of Country Life

Family fun; petting farm, birds of prey, museum, steam engines, slides and rides.

Devon Railway Centre

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.

Yeovil Railway Centre

The centre holds regular events including Train Days where steam train rides are operated with the original Southern Railway turntable. Driver courses available.

The Quay Climbing Centre

The South West’s largest indoor climbing wall.

Jurassic Electric Bikes

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.

Go Ape

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.

Jurassic Fun Centre

10-pin bowling, pools with slides, gym and steam room.

Go Segway

Segway tours in Haldon Forest.

Lyme Bay Rib Charter

Award winning trips from West Bay Harbour. West Bay Blast! - Coastal Cruises - Water Taxi - Water Skiing - Wake Boarding

UK Llamas

Llama experience days with treks and walks.

UK Llamas Fishing

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.

Bridport Golf Club

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.

Lyme Regis Golf Club

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.

Symondsbury Bike Trail

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.

Bidlake Riding Stables

Horse riding offering tailor-made lessons, hacks out and parties to suit your capabilities.

The Tunnel Target Sports Centre

Air-gun, small bore and full bore shooting range. Home Office approved with NSRA and NRA range officers.

Flying Frenzy Paragliding School

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.

Lyme Regis Kayak Hire

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

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.

Harry May Fishing

Join Harry May for a fun few hours either mackerel or deep sea fishing. Two boats can operate weather permitting.

Dawn Mist Fishing West Bay

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.

Jolly Dodger Boat Charter

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.

West Bay Canoes

Mobile canoeing guiding company, with experiences on the river Brit from West Bay to Bridport. British Canoeing awards are also available.