Discover the delights of Dorset


Abbotsbury Tourism

Abbotsbury Tourism consists of the Swannery, a Subtropical Gardens and a children’s Farm. Abbotsbury Swannery is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through a colony of nesting Mute Swans. The Swannery was also used as a filming location for the Harry Potter films. Described as “one of the finest Gardens I have every visited” by Alan Titchmarsh the Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens is a ‘must see’ for all plant lovers. The Abbotsbury Children’s Farm is a great place for families; with lots of different animals and a large undercover play area, this is a very popular part of the Abbotsbury Tourism attractions.

Dorset Waterpark

Dorset Waterpark is an inflatable park set across 2 lakes overlooking Corfe Castle. The inflatable course includes slides, a trampoline, jumps and hurdles and everything that would make for a great day out with the whole family. If you are one of our guests you can benefit from our Delights of Dorset offer for a free wetsuit hire.

Langham Wine Estate

The Langham vineyard was originally established by John Langham on a very small scale. In 2009 John’s son, Justin Langham, decided to develop his father’s rudimental vineyard into a commercial venture, and planted 30 acres of land at their Crawthorne farm.
With a south-facing aspect, chalk soils and a unique microclimate, Crawthorne Vineyard is ideally situated for ripening the classic Champagne varieties – Chardonnay, Pinot noir and Pinot meunier. Established hedgerows provide natural wind breaks and habitat for a large variety of beneficial organisms. With everything grown and produced at the single Dorset site, the Langham team are free from the shackles of contract purchasing and have complete control from grape to glass. Diligence and dedication is a hallmark of this estate and is reflected in the string of national and international awards that adorn the tasting room walls. Now offering guided and self-guided tours around the estate with a tasting at the end it really is a special place to visit. 

Mapperton Gardens

Just outside Beaminster, this beautiful House and its Gardens always make for a wonderful day out. The House was voted “The Nations’ Finest Manor House” by Country Life magazine and was used as a location for the 2015 version of Far From a Madding Crowd. The gardens are set in beautiful countryside with an Italianate valley.

Wimborne Model Town

Built over 60 years ago this small town is a 1/10th scale model of the town of Wimborne as it was in the 1950s. You can get up close and touch the buildings and peer into many of the different shops as well as the Minister Church.

Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island is famous for red squirrels, wildlife and Scouting and is the largest island in Poole Harbour.  You can take the Brownsea ferry from Poole or Sandbanks and perhaps have a sneaky peek into the homes of the rich and famous who live on the Sandbanks peninsula.

Swanage Railway

The 12 mile return trip between Corfe Castle and Swanage takes you through the beautiful Purbeck countryside and includes stunning views of the Castle. As well as the regular timetable Swanage railway also runs special galas and themed events. And 2017 will see the first trails linking the line to Wareham and the national rail network.

Dorchester Museums

Dorset’s County Museum is a treasure trove of exhibitions and galleries, including permanent exhibitions Jurassic Dorset, the writers of Dorset and rural Dorset.  2017 sees the 140 million year old Swanage crocodile making an appearance, alongside clothing from the Thomas Hardy family.

Dorchester also has five other museums who link together so that you can see them all for the price of 2 with their gold saver pass:

The Dinosaur Museum combines life-sized reconstructions of dinosaurs with fossils and skeletons to create an exciting hands-on experience. 

The Tutankhamun Exhibition is a recreation of Tutankhamun’s tomb and treasures and was the first exhibition outside of Egypt to feature an exact anatomical recreation of Tutankhamun’s Mummy. 

The Teddy Bear Museum is home to over 100 years of teddy bears and is a unique family fun museum that would delight teddy bear lovers of all ages.

The Terracotta Warriors Museum shows inspiration from the treasures of ancient China,  including the famous Terracotta Warriors.

The Mummies Exhibition is a superb collection of Unwrapped Royal Mummies displayed amongst death-masks and other exciting treasures. Discover the secrets of the kings of ancient Egypt and the magic that protected their amazing bodies.