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7 Fantastic Days Out and Things to Do in Dorset

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Plan a Great Day Out in Dorset

Guests staying in Dorset will be spoiled for choice of places to visit and things to do. Whatever the time of year there is something for all ages to enjoy.

From fossil hunting, and golf to boat trips, days at the seaside and long country walks.

This wonderful county has everything and more for the discerning holidaymaker and after a busy day what better way to kick back and relax than popping the cork on a bottle of champagne and enjoying a leisurely soak in your own therapeutic Jacuzzi.

Below are just a few attractions we feel you wouldn’t want to miss out on when staying at lodges in Dorset with hot tubs

Activities & Places To Visit


Lulworth Castle

Originally a hunting lodge, this impressive 17th-century mansion is a popular wedding venue, surrounded by picturesque parkland and woodland walks that are best appreciated from the top of the tower, it was originally a hunting lodge for royalty and the aristocracy.

It's a great place to enjoy a walk with the family dog if you're staying in Dorset, let the kids run wild in the adventure playground or stop for a slice of homemade cake at the popular tearoom.

Alternatively visit the cove with its crystal-clear waters, water sports and panoramic views


Durdle Door

Also, part of the Lulworth estate is Durdle Door, the natural limestone arch and lovely secluded cove can be reached by footpath and is a great place to spend a sunny afternoon or enjoy a picnic and the water is rated as excellent quality by the Marine Conservation Society.

One of the most photographed and iconic landmarks in the UK this geological wonder is famous throughout the world and has featured as a backdrop in many music videos.

Kids will love exploring the rockpools, at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can enjoy a picnic and the stunning views are second to none.


Monkey World

Want to meet the stars of TV shows "Monkey Life" and "Monkey Business" well you can at this 65-acre sanctuary in Wareham home to over 250 primates and the biggest group of chimps outside the continent of Africa.

Daily talks by the keepers are extremely informative, learn all about these fascinating creatures, how they are cared for and the rescue and rehabilitation efforts of the centre.

There is an enormous adventure playground for the kids to monkey around on too. Hosting various family events throughout the year Monkey World is a fun day out for all the family.


Tank Museum

Definitely, one for the boys, this brilliant museum 12 miles to the west of Poole tells the story of the tank through history to the present day, with 10 fascinating exhibits including "The Trench Experience" and "Helmand Province-Present Day" which displays a recreated army base where you can see modern-day vehicles and see the living conditions of troops fighting in Afghanistan.

There is even a chance to ride in a M548 tracked vehicle and with tons of exciting events throughout the summer months where you can see tanks in action, this museum is worth a visit.


Water Sports at Poole Harbour

This large natural harbour is extremely popular with water sports enthusiasts due to its sheltered and shallow waters and has several areas designated for over 25 water-based activities including wind-surfing, wakeboarding, kayaking, water-skiing and sailing.

There are numerous shops and training establishments in the area offering tuition and equipment for hire, so even beginners can have the opportunity to become water babies and if all that sounds a bit too energetic why not enjoy a drink at one of the many cafés or bars on the quayside and watch the world go by.


Dinosaur Museum

You can't visit the county with the Jurassic coast without seeing some of the creatures who lived during the same period and here in Dorset at the only museum in the UK dedicated, purely to dinosaurs you can see fossils, skeletons and best of all live size reconstructions of Velociraptor, T-Rex, and Triceratops.

Located in the county town of Dorchester this unique award-winning attraction uses educational interactive and hands-on displays you can even smell the breath of the infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Join in The Super Dinosaur Hunt which runs every day throughout the summer. Can you solve the dinosaur mystery?


Dorset Teddy Bear Museum

If dinosaurs aren’t your thing perhaps you would prefer a visit to the Dorset Teddy Bear Museum another of this diverse county’s unique attractions.

Teddy bear lovers of all ages will be enchanted by this fabulous collection of more than a hundred years of bears from the earliest antiques to modern-day favourites.

There are hundreds on display throughout this early Victorian house including Winnie the Pooh, Rupert and Paddington, along with Edward and his life-size bear family. The well-stocked period gift shop sells famous brands such as Steiff and Merrythought bears for you to take home.