Top Holiday Attractions in Dorset - what to do, where to go and what to see
If you are heading to Dorset for a cottage holiday or self catering short break we have compiled some of the must see places and the best things to do. Whether you are looking for some family fun, visit relaxing and peaceful gardens or immerse yourself in the history and culture of Dorset then take a look at some great ideas below.
And, if you are still to book your self catering accommodation we have listed some great Dorset cottages and apartments close to the attractions and available direct from independent owners and leading holiday operators.
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Brownsea Island, Poole
Just a short boat journey (not National Trust) from Poole or Sandbanks, the island offers spectacular views, a peaceful setting for walks and picnics, a rich variety of habitats for wildlife including the rare red squirrel and a varied and colourful history
Lulworth Castle, Wareham
Lulworth Castle which is 400-years-old is now a museum that offers tours, family days and special events from early spring to late autumn. The castle is often referred to as a "mock" castle, as it was actually built as a hunting lodge. There is plenty to entertain children at this historic building. After viewing the house, which has lots of exhibitions, take a woodland walk and feed the animals at a nearby farm.
Avon Heath Country Park, St Leonards
Enjoy a day at Dorset's largest country park, walking or cycling in the beautiful heathland and woods. Special events include pond dipping; Easter egg trails; bug hunts; den building; orienteering; animal tracks and signs and dawn-chorus walks.
The Dorset Teddy Bear Museum, Dorchester
This is a delightful unusual museum where the teddy bears are life-size. See the teddy bear family at work, rest and play. A large selection of teddy bears can be bought at the period shop. From the earliest antique teddy bears to today's TV favourites they are all waiting to greet you in this enchanting Teddy Bear Museum.
Looking for Accommodation close to Dorset
If you are looking to spend a short break or holiday in Dorset there is a lot of great quality self catering accommodation, ranging from apartments and cottages to lodges and chalets, to choose from. Of course, you will also find some lovely guest houses, bed and breakfast and hotels in Dorset. Find out more by using the links below:
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