{"LocationDetails":{"Id":80,"Name":"Dorset","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to\u0026nbsp;Dorset holiday cottages\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe ITV hit Broadchurch reminded us all just how beautiful Dorset is when it burst onto our screens, and it showcases the county\u0026rsquo;s one of a kind Jurassic coastline in all its glory. If you\u0026rsquo;ve yet to visit and have been wondering if the programme showed the real Dorset then the answer\u0026rsquo;s a definite yes. Yes, the beaches really are that unspoilt, yes the views from the cliffs are breathtaking, and yes, much of the coastline is a Site of Special Scientific Interest thanks to its fascinating history.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eThings to do in Dorset\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf your idea of the perfect escape from everyday life is long walks along the beach and fossil hunting in the very places that have been the sites of some of the world\u0026rsquo;s most important dinosaur-related finds then head to Dorset. The beaches of Lyme Regis and Bridport make the perfect places to inspire budding palaeontologists and see who can find an actual dinosaur fossil, and if you\u0026rsquo;re after sandy beaches with plenty of space head to Bournemouth\u0026hellip;a resort truly blessed in the beach department!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIn fact, as Bournemouth\u0026rsquo;s officially the happiest place in the country then it\u0026rsquo;s the place to head to if you\u0026rsquo;re in need of some quality time somewhere special. Home to seven blissful miles of sandy beach and the kind of family attractions that\u0026rsquo;ll have the kids wanting to stay on, Bournemouth\u0026rsquo;s got it all, and many of the thing to do and places to see revolve around its dinosaur-packed history so it\u0026rsquo;s great fun too. Neighbouring Christchurch is easy on the eye, and we\u0026rsquo;d recommend donning a large pair of sunglasses so you can spot celebrities as it\u0026rsquo;s a firm favourite with the rich and famous.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003ePlaces to visit in Dorset\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eNow for the best place to visit in Dorset\u0026hellip;fossil-strewn beaches and prehistoric cliffs aside, the county\u0026rsquo;s home to some of the most beautiful stretches of the South West Coast Path (think Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove), and its starred as the backdrop to more films and series than we could shake a dinosaur bone at. From Nanny McPhee to The French Lieutenant\u0026rsquo;s Woman, Dorset\u0026rsquo;s coastal resorts have created the perfect settings for film after film.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eMore than a staggering 200,000 walkers traipse their merry way past Durdle Door every year, and if you\u0026rsquo;ve walked the section of coast path that passes through Lulworth Cove before then you\u0026rsquo;ll understand why it draws people in their droves.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003ePart of the World Heritage Coast, the natural limestone arch that juts out in the sea is a photographer\u0026rsquo;s dream. If you can make your way down the steep hill to the little shingle beach at the foot of the cliffs you\u0026rsquo;ll be rewarded with one of the best views in the UK and peace and quiet far from the crowds. If you want to take the historic coastline in without walking your socks off then you\u0026rsquo;ll find a whole host of boat trips keen to showcase the site from the water.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eRestaurants in Dorset\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThey\u0026rsquo;re a gifted bunch when it comes to cooking in sunny Dorset, and whether you\u0026rsquo;re after tapas in style with a view of the Lyme Regis Cobb (Harry Tates), fine dining in historic Dorchester (Sienna) or good old fish and chips overlooking Poole\u0026rsquo;s famous harbour (Lakeside Fish Restaurant), then you\u0026rsquo;ll find just the place to tuck in and wind down. We have to mention the Goat \u0026amp; Tricycle pub in Bournmeouth just beause \u0026ndash; (well when are we going to get to use that phrase again?!) \u0026ndash; and its mind-boggling selection of hand pulled Real Ales make it a firm favourite with locals as well as visitors. It\u0026rsquo;s even recommended by The Good Pub Guide.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Larder House has a following of foodies and a fantastic reputation, and as it\u0026rsquo;s run by the World Class UK Bartender of the Year 2014 it goes without saying that the whole menu oozes flair, passion and a dedication to making every meal an experience.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eDog friendly Dorset\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWith walks that follow some of the country\u0026rsquo;s most spectacular stretches of coastline, Dorset\u0026rsquo;s the perfect place for a dog friendly holiday. Chesil Beach rolls on for 18 pebbly miles Portland, and as it welcomes dogs all year round it\u0026rsquo;s one of the most popular spots for a stroll with your dogs during a stay in the area. If you want to drop in an intriguing yet unprovable fact as you walk the beach here it is, rumour has it the beach is home to more than 180 billion pebbles\u0026hellip;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eAnyway, if you fancy taking in the landmark that\u0026rsquo;s Durdle Door during your stay then there\u0026rsquo;s good news, the pretty little shingle beach beside it welcomes dogs, so you can walk this famous stretch of the South West Coast Path with your pet in tow.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eCottages in Dorset\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWhether you opt for a luxury lodge complete with its own bubbling hot tub or a cosy cottage, thanks to its handy location Dorset\u0026rsquo;s perfect for a late escape\u0026hellip;and many of you can be from your desk to the front door in just a couple of hours. We have Dorset self catering cottages that welcome dogs, a selection from our Baby Blue Chip collection which include everything new mums and dads need for that first break away with baby, and everything in between.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eEvery Dorset cottage, lodge and apartment has been hand picked because it offers something special. You could roll out of bed and step out onto your own private balcony, close the curtains on a sea view, or find yourself just seconds from your own inviting hot tub to make an escape you\u0026rsquo;ll remember for a lifetime. \u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"dorset","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/JosephG/2014/06/174681440.jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Boscombe Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eBoscombe Beach is more of an attraction than a stretch of coastline and it\u0026rsquo;s part of the seven miles of Bournemouth beach that won the title of the \u0026lsquo;Best Beach in Britain\u0026rsquo; from Coast readers back in 2008. This beach lies just to the east of Bournemouth and thanks to an overhaul of the Overstrand it now enjoys some of the best public facilities on the south coast.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you fancy a day off from the hustle and bustle of the main Bournemouth beach head to Boscombe, you\u0026rsquo;ll find the views just as spectacular and everything you need to keep the whole family entertained for the day \u0026ndash; it\u0026rsquo;s just quieter than its neighbour.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Overstrand complex is packed with leisure facilities that make Boscombe Beach a great place to enjoy water sports, family fun or just the chance to snooze on the sand. The beach is backed by a whole selection of cafes and restaurants, souvenir shops (and the all-important loos), and if you feel like embracing the local lifestyle you\u0026rsquo;ll find surf hire outlets to help get you started with a board.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWhat\u0026rsquo;s an English beach holiday without a pier to be proud of? Boscombe Pier doesn\u0026rsquo;t disappoint, and if you wander to the end of it you\u0026rsquo;ll be treated to views of the Isle of Wight in one direction and the Isle of Purbeck in the other. Time it right and you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to watch the sun sink behind the reef...now that\u0026rsquo;s when you\u0026rsquo;ll really feel like you\u0026rsquo;re on holiday. 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This beach is a mixture of sand and shingle, and holds a Blue Flag \u0026ndash; so it\u0026rsquo;s well worth venturing a little of out of town to enjoy it for a change during a holiday in the area.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you fancy a swim away from the madding crowd then this is probably your best bet as there are no sudden shelves or rip currents here. There are toilets, two car parks and nearby shops \u0026ndash; so although not one of the busier beaches it\u0026rsquo;s well equipped. You\u0026rsquo;ll also find deckchair and beach hut hire.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eBetter yet, visitors are welcome to have barbeques on this beach, so if you want to treat the family to some al fresco hot dogs one evening you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to have a great time cooking them on the sand. If you prefer to have your dinner cooked for you, you can visit the cafe close to the beach instead. 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This Blue Flag beach has everything you could need for a family beach holiday, including safe bathing, a paddling pool, children\u0026rsquo;s playground, and the award-winning Alum Chine Tropical Gardens just a short walk away.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you fancy a day without the crowds then bear Alum Chine in mind as it tends to get less busy than some of its neighbours. The sand was replenished not long ago so there\u0026#39;s even more of it to enjoy during a visit now, and if you fancy going all out you can hire a beach hut. 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The castle was the dream of Lord Stuart de Rothesay, a diplomat with a passion for Christchurch Bay and the spot that overlooks it. The mansion is Grade I listed and its cliff top position only adds to its elegance.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eHighcliffe has been carefully restored in recent years, and many of its rooms are open to the public for a small admission fee. Guided tours of the castle are available every Tuesday and Sunday at 2pm, when volunteers reveal the history and secrets of the castle.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe castle has been internationally recognised on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural and Historical Interest. 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Take some time from the endless beaches and discover what goes on under the water at this fascinating oceanarium.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Bournemouth Aquarium houses thousands of weird and wonderful creatures from the great blue sea, and the experience is divided into various parts of the world so visitors can see each species in a mock up of its natural environment - now where else can you meet life from the world\u0026rsquo;s seven seas in one day?!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eWander the Amazon, Africa, the Great Barrier Reef and the Abyss as you come face to face with the creatures that call the world\u0026rsquo;s seas home. Thanks to informative displays both young and old will learn along the way. 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Hardy lived in the cottage until he was 22, and returned to it to write after 5 years in London. Visitors can sit in the very spot where Dorset\u0026rsquo;s most famous writer penned some of his best-loved works, including \u0026lsquo;Far from the Madding Crowd\u0026rsquo; and \u0026lsquo;Under the Greenwood Tree\u0026rsquo;.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003ePicture the quintessential English country garden and it\u0026rsquo;ll probably look just the one that Hardy admired from his bedroom window. There\u0026rsquo;s also an orchard, and the whole area is full with the sound of birds singing all year round. 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From Thomas Hardy\u0026rsquo;s country cottage to the rolling countryside walks, this is the place to sample Michelin star fodder and Sienna is the restaurant to do it in.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eSienna is Dorset\u0026rsquo;s only Michelin star restaurant, so it\u0026rsquo;s just the place for a romantic meal or a special treat whilst staying in Dorchester accommodation. This cosy restaurant serves modern British meals created using seasonal ingredients.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Head Chef, Russell Brown, strives to serve up the very best produce of every season, and the wine list more than holds its own beside the ever-impressive menu. 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When you\u0026rsquo;re after good food with no fuss that\u0026rsquo;s not far from your bed La Gondola is just right.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis Italian restaurant manages to be authentic without going over the top, and it has a traditional family feel that\u0026rsquo;s an ideal start to a holiday with your brood. Whether for lunch or dinner, La Gondola serves great food in healthy portions. One of the best things about this one is that it\u0026rsquo;s open at the start of the week when other restaurants are closed so keep it in mind during your holiday.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eWith reviews such as \u0026ldquo;best Italian in Dorchester\u0026rdquo; and \u0026ldquo;fab food\u0026rdquo; La Gondola is the kind of restaurant you can rely on for quick service and good food, and it\u0026rsquo;s a good choice for those sticking to a holiday budget. 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The Swanage Railway takes passengers on a once-in-a-lifetime journey through the stunning countryside of Dorset, rolling for 6 miles.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Santa Specials trips have become legendary throughout the South West, and for many children Christmas now means meeting Santa aboard a steam train while their parents tuck into mince pies. The train routes pass through unspoilt scenery that\u0026rsquo;s unchanged from the days when steam ruled the tracks, and the majestic Corfe Castle looks all the better as you chug past it in style.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are stations at Corfe Castle, Harman\u0026rsquo;s Cross and Herston, so it\u0026rsquo;s not only a great experience but a useful connection to some of the surrounding villages and resorts. Hop on and off for a day and take the opportunity to explore some of the county\u0026rsquo;s most historic locations. 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The warm weather also enjoyed by Swanage only adds to the beach\u0026rsquo;s appeal, and the Victorian architecture give the resort a quaint seaside feel.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe beach is conveniently close to a range of cafes and shops, and it has a long association with SCUBA diving. You\u0026rsquo;ll find plenty of diving outlets nearby, and a range of other watersports on offer too. 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It\u0026rsquo;s well sign posted before the actual area, so keep your eyes peeled (in the right direction) and you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to enjoy this picturesque beach in Dorset.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s plenty of space for families to enjoy the sand and the views of Old Harry\u0026rsquo;s Rocks and the Isle of Wight in the distance add to the scenery. This is a friendly beach with plenty to do and it\u0026rsquo;s also a good one for water sports. The heathland found to the back of the beach may look unassuming but it\u0026rsquo;s a popular habitat for wildlife.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;Studland Beach is a four mile stretch of sand, with a seasonal dog ban and welcoming sand dunes\u0026ndash; so it\u0026rsquo;s great for those on beach holidays on the Isle of Purbeck. The South West Coast Path starts here too, so why not pick it up for a stroll? 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This is the kind of beach where the rich and famous land their yachts and take some time out to enjoy the sand and the amenities, so there\u0026rsquo;s a glamorous feel to the area.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you take your beach days seriously, grab your designer shades and sprawl on Sandbanks Beach amidst the rich and famous. With golden sands, safe waters and plenty going on, Sandbanks Beach is THE place to be seen.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe beach has held a Blue Flag for more than twenty years and its safe, clean waters make it popular for bathing as well as water sports. The fine sand makes it a nice spot for those with children and there are lifeguards on duty throughout May and September.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe car park closest to the beach has plenty of space but the charges can be fairly high (but you will be close to the sand if you\u0026rsquo;ve got lots to carry). 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Right in between Bournemouth and Sandbanks, this large sandy beach is the kind that makes you feel like a celebrity and has everything you need for a day on the sand with the kids. This stretch of coastline is well known for its fine golden sand and it wins a new smattering of awards every year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eBranksome Chine has a picturesque setting, two car parks, a cafe and a restaurant - and it\u0026rsquo;s a great spot for those who enjoy water sports. Don\u0026rsquo;t let this put you off taking the family as there are lifeguards during the summer, and as the beach has a gentle shelf it\u0026rsquo;s a safe one for those with small children.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eAs you\u0026rsquo;ll find with many of the beaches in the area there\u0026rsquo;s always plenty of room, so pack up your towels and get ready to set up camp for the day. There\u0026rsquo;s a seasonal dog ban so if you want to enjoy the views as you walk your dog during a holiday in Bournemouth hold off until Autumn when the crowds have headed home.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7066,"LocationLongitude":-1.90884,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/07/heart-sand.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/poole-sandbanks/branksome-chine","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/07/heart-sand.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Poole Sea Safari","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWhich other Poole family attraction can take you through 198 million years in 90 minutes?! The Poole Sea Safari is a rare opportunity to see the world-famous Jurassic coastline from the sea, and you get to ride in a brand new RIB boat too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eTake in the World Heritage Site that\u0026#39;s Dorset\u0026#39;s coastline from the viewpoint of the water and experience the thrill of a RIB trip. There\u0026#39;s a full commentary via stereo along the way (so you won\u0026#39;t miss a thing) and the comfort of the boat means you can sit back and enjoy the freedom of being out on the waves. You\u0026#39;ll be taken right up close to some of the country\u0026#39;s oldest sections of coastline and there\u0026#39;s always wildlife to spot along the way.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eTrips leave from Poole Quay and include the Port of Poole, Brownsea Island (where the Scout movement started), as well as the very glamorous Sandbanks, Studlands, the Isle of Purbeck, Swanage, Durlstone Country Park and St Albans Head. There are lots of stops on the tour so passengers can take photos of the stunning scenery, and children over the age of 5 are welcome too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.7075,"LocationLongitude":-1.94819,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/08/poole-safari.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/poole-sandbanks/poole-sea-safari","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/08/poole-safari.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Farmer Palmer\u0027s Farm Park","Body":"\u003cp\u003eDorset holidays are all about having fun in the fresh air and watching the children run wild, and that\u0026rsquo;s exactly what Farmer Palmer\u0026rsquo;s Farm Park encourages. It wouldn\u0026rsquo;t be a Dorset holiday without taking the opportunity to explore the countryside together, and Farmer Parker\u0026rsquo;s Farm Park is the perfect attraction in Poole to do it.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe family farm is ideal for children of 8 years and under and their families, and includes an animal barn as well as play areas for indoor and outdoor fun. Attractions include the Deer Feeding, Bumpy Tractor Trailer Ride, Straw Mountain, Little Farmer\u0026rsquo;s Fun Barn and much more! Pig-racing in the summer months is great fun! Cheer your favourite on as the pigs try to run their way to victory \u0026ndash; it\u0026rsquo;s always priceless watching them compete!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s plenty of opportunity for the children to get hands on with the animals during a visit, and they can bottle feed the goat kids and lambs as well as groom the ponies (every little girl\u0026rsquo;s dream). Animals on the farm include cows, sheep, ponies, goats, ducks, deer, donkey and alpacas. The attraction won a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award in 2015 thanks to its many warm reviews - so don\u0026rsquo;t miss out.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7318,"LocationLongitude":-2.0885,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/JosephG/2013/05/Mini pigs.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/poole-sandbanks/farmer-palmers-farm-park","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/JosephG/2013/05/Mini pigs.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Guildhall Tavern","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe Guildhall Tavern is just two minutes\u0026rsquo; walk from Poole\u0026#39;s Quay, so it enjoys the perfect location for some time out over good food. The menu has a sophisticated emphasis on French seafood, so expect fresh, locally-sourced crab, lobster and fish that\u0026#39;ll have you wondering why you haven\u0026#39;t been before. All dishes are created with unmistakable French flair, so The Guildhall Tavern can give a special feel to evening a relaxed meal during your holiday.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you don\u0026rsquo;t want to dine out but fancy something special why not try one of the takeaway Fruits de Mer platters? You\u0026rsquo;ll be able to sample the finest fresh fish from the area with all the comfort of staying in. There\u0026rsquo;s a menu for children, so don\u0026rsquo;t worry if you have little ones who haven\u0026rsquo;t learnt to appreciate the wonders of fresh seafood just yet, and there are regular French evenings held throughout the year which include themed entertainment.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7141,"LocationLongitude":-1.98784,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/01/fish steak.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/poole-sandbanks/the-guildhall-tavern","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/01/fish steak.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Lakeside Fish Restaurant","Body":"\u003cp\u003eHere\u0026rsquo;s a sneaky tip for when trying out this Poole favourite, book ahead and ask for a table by the window! The views across the lake make this a perfect restaurant for a relaxing meal, and although they specialise in fish there are plenty of other choices on the menu. In fact, that\u0026rsquo;s a bit of an understatement \u0026ndash; Lakeside Fish Restaurant celebrate the nation\u0026rsquo;s favourite seaside meal and create it using the finest fresh fish and (where they can) local Dorset produce.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe restaurant is run by a pair of brothers, and they take the business of serving up the crispiest chips and the smoothest fish deliciously seriously. This Poole favourite was awarded the title of Best Fish and Chip Shop in the years 2011 and 2012 and its idyllic location is the icing on the cake (or the batter on the fish...).\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are those times when you just fancy sitting on the beach and tucking in, especially when you\u0026rsquo;re on holiday by the sea, so if you fancy eating outside there\u0026rsquo;s also a take away service, so bear it in min if you prefer to dine al fresco.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7193,"LocationLongitude":-1.98698,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/08/fish-and-chips.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/poole-sandbanks/lakeside-fish-restaurant","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/08/fish-and-chips.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Al Gatta Nero","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWhere do we start with this Italian restaurant? The TripAdvisor reviewers love Al Gatta Nero, and for one thing they rave about the warm welcome from the owners. One couple tell us how they\u0026#39;re always greeted as old friends, and with the menu full of homemade, authentic cuisine this is perfect for a family staying in self-catering accommodation in Poole.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe laidback atmosphere means this is a good spot for a meal for two, and many celebrate their special occasions at Al Gatta Nero. A resident Italian chef never goes amiss, and the one at Al Gatta Nero prides himself on the homemade dough he uses for every pizza. The specials change from week to week, so even if you\u0026#39;ve visited before you\u0026#39;ll find something new to try.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003ePoole is one of Dorset\u0026#39;s busiest resorts, and this popular eatery makes a great choice for those who want to unwind over a special meal after a day exploring the area\u0026#39;s beaches and attractions.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7261,"LocationLongitude":-1.91617,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/07/frothy-coffee.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/poole-sandbanks/al-gatta-nero","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/07/frothy-coffee.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Sandbanks Beach Cafe","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWhere do we start with this one? Sandbanks Beach Cafe is right on the beautiful (and very chic) Sandbanks Beach, and it serves homemade food in style. This bright and airy cafe has stunning views of the bay, and it\u0026rsquo;s just what you need after a few hours enjoying one of the country\u0026rsquo;s finest beaches.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you visit during the summer you might be lucky enough to catch one of the cafe\u0026rsquo;s infamous barbeques on the beach. The beachside barbeques include all the classics we love British summers for and they\u0026rsquo;re usually left open long into the evening. So, that covers the views and the food, all you could be left wanting is a glass of wine \u0026ndash; there\u0026rsquo;s a fully licensed bar in the cafe too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eSandbanks Beach Cafe has unbelievable views of the coast, so you can admire the sea even while you take time out from the beach to eat. This is one of the area\u0026rsquo;s most popular eateries, and as one reviewer put it \u0026lsquo;nice cakes!\u0026rsquo;. If you\u0026rsquo;re not sure what to go for, try the cream teas. 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This restaurant is very family-friendly, and stepping in to it\u0026rsquo;s like stepping into a tavern after a warm day in the Mediterranean sun.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eKarma\u0026rsquo;s relaxed approach makes this a popular choice with those who enjoy an unhurried meal (which let\u0026rsquo;s face it, is most of us) and one reviewer claims that this is the \u0026ldquo;best restaurant in Poole\u0026rdquo;. Karma serves up food with that home cooked taste that\u0026rsquo;s all about flavour, unique aromas and textures. Martin, the owner, tries to provide every diner with a genuine taste of the East and the restaurant is located just minutes away from Poole Quay.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eKarma Mediterranean Grill and Bistro is ideal for those who fancy something different and a visit is perfect for that special meal out during a holiday. The brick archways and subtle lighting give the restaurant a relaxed and cosy atmosphere, and the service always raises a smile.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7132,"LocationLongitude":-1.98761,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/nick.french/2016/02/Food5.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/poole-sandbanks/karma-mediterranean-grill","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/nick.french/2016/02/Food5.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Weymouth Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eTHE resort for Weymouth beach holidays, Weymouth Beach boasts some of the safest waters on the English coast, and its sands have drawn families for their summer breaks for generations.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are fantastic views out to the Jurassic Coastline, and with great facilities and high standards for water quality this beach is ideal for those with children. The beach\u0026rsquo;s amenities include deckchairs, sunbeds, suntraps, toilets, and a host of kiosks and attractions. There are lifeguards on hand throughout the summer, as well as a Lost Child service.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWeymouth Beach has a pretty Georgian seafront, safe waters and plenty of sand for everyone so it\u0026rsquo;s the perfect family attraction for sunny days. The beach has great facilities, a Lost Child service, seasonal lifeguards and safe waters.King George III holidayed at Weymouth beach 14 times during his lifetime - so it really is fit for a king! 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Created by the Bennett family during the 1950s, the gardens still boast some of the original water lilies planted at the time and they offer something new to see every year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe infamous water lilies captured by Monet will spring to mind as soon as you catch sight of the gardens, and there\u0026rsquo;s a Japanese-inspired bridge that was built to commemorate his famous painting\u0026rsquo;s one hundredth anniversary. 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Part of the hugely popular River Cottage project, the cookery school welcomes the novice, curious and accomplished cook and offers a wide variety of courses.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe thought of a cooking lesson can be daunting (even if you\u0026rsquo;re not that bad in the kitchen) but these courses are designed to be simple, hands on and seasonal to help visitors pick up the basics quickly. Courses can last between one and four days, and they\u0026rsquo;re all held in the exciting setting of Britain\u0026rsquo;s most-filmed farmhouse. Feel inspired by the rural location of River Cottage and get back to grips with raw ingredients.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eAll classes are taught by the River Cottage team of culinary experts, and you\u0026rsquo;ll stop for a seasonal lunch to keep you going during your day. There\u0026rsquo;s a real emphasis on hands on learning, so expect to spend a lot of your time actually creating your dish before reflecting on your efforts with the guidance of the team. River Cottage Cookery School is a relaxing way to brush up your talents, and there\u0026rsquo;s a course for every level.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eRiver Cottage rose to fame when Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall set up home in a Dorset cottage and began to live off the land. The nation watched as he grew his own produce and rediscovered just how much we can get from our own gardens. 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If you\u0026rsquo;re after some hiking routes that show Devon off in all its glory have a look at the sections of the path closest to your accommodation, as you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to choose the best one for all your needs. The sections are graded by things like difficulty and access levels, as well as broken down by their length and estimations of how long they\u0026rsquo;ll take to complete.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe South West Coast Path also makes it easy to make sure you see exactly what you want to, as you can choose by location or theme. The Devon sections include historical sites, cultural walks, those which pass pubs and the ones for wildlife spotters. There are also cafe and teashop walks, dog friendly ones and of course beach strolls, and you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to choose just the level of difficulty you can manage so there\u0026rsquo;ll be no waning half way through!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s even more good news, don\u0026rsquo;t forget Devon is lucky enough to have TWO coasts, so you can take your pick between the picturesque beaches of south Devon and the more rugged ones to the north. Whichever area you choose for your hike you\u0026rsquo;ll find unforgettable views, sandy beaches and plenty of welcoming pubs and tea shops along the way. 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With its pebble and shingle banking, this is the stretch of coastline that allows dogs all year round.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe beach offers wonderful views of Lyme Bay and is also a well known and popular spot for anglers. The beach is just a mile away from the village of Abbotsbury, past the famous Abbotsbury Swannery and also the site of the Chesil and Fleet Nature Reserve. You will find a car park next to the beach.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eDogs with endless energy will find the pebbly beach a haven for exploring, and you can enjoy the lapping of the Atlantic washing over the pebbled shoreline, as you stop off for a break or quick cup of tea if you pack a flask. There is also a seasonal caf\u0026eacute; in the car park. If the weather\u0026rsquo;s windy this is a great spot for watching the waves roll in, gusty conditions can make for an atmospheric experience, in fact nearby Chesil beach has even been referred to by some as one of the world\u0026rsquo;s finest \u0026lsquo;storm beaches.\u0026rsquo;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re exploring the South West Coast Path the Abbotsbury Hill Fort is a good 5.6mile walk starting and ending at the Abbotsbury beach car park. It is generally flat with one long climb that can be challenging at times but offers fantastic views of Dorset. 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Your starting point is Wareham Quay and a mixture of landscapes and terrains takes you through to the finishing point of Sturminster Marshall. This makes for a great dog walk, as long as you take care to keep your dog under control so as not to scare or disturb wildlife or farm animals.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eKeen wildlife spotters can make the most of the quiet and peaceful sections of this walk. Shy and elusive sand lizards have been known to dart around the heather, Dartford warblers, squirrels, woodpeckers, woodlark and even sika deer have been seen.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eWith pubs on the way, there\u0026#39;s the perfect opportunity to stop off and enjoy a spot of lunch before taking to the paths and picking up the walk once more.\u0026nbsp; Throughout the year it\u0026rsquo;s recommended you pop on your walking boots. If there\u0026rsquo;s been heavy rain we\u0026rsquo;d recommend you pack your welly boots as the route can get particularly muddy at some points. 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In short, this is an exhilarating walk on a stunning stretch of Dorset\u0026rsquo;s coastline.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eLulworth Cove attracts an impressive 500,000 visitors every year, and the walk from Lulworth to the geographical celebrity that\u0026rsquo;s Durdle Door is 6.8 miles long. The terrain isn\u0026rsquo;t easy going, (you\u0026rsquo;ll have to climb stiles and navigate your way along grass tracks and stone paths) but with one eye on the sea views as you go you\u0026rsquo;ll be wowed every step of the way.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe path runs quite close to the edge of the cliffs at times, so if your dog gets a little excitable it\u0026rsquo;s probably an idea to keep him close or on the lead just to be on the safe side. You\u0026rsquo;ll be walking routes that humans have trekked along since the Stone Age, and as dogs are welcome on the beaches at Lulworth Cove and Dudle Door you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to sit on the sand for a rest along the way.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eTake some time to sit and admire the rock arch at Durdle Door, but no matter how long you sit there you won\u0026rsquo;t be able to get your head around the fact that it\u0026rsquo;s more than 140 million years old...Look up at the rocks above Durdle Door, as they\u0026rsquo;re home to the remains of a petrified forest that was swallowed by the sea millions of years ago and then fossilised.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6201,"LocationLongitude":-2.25322,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/04/Durdle Door.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/dorchester-country/walking-lulworth-cove-to-durdle-door","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/04/Durdle Door.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Monmouth Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eYou can see Monmouth Beach from the famous Lyme Regis Cobb, and it\u0026rsquo;s a mile of shingle and sand well-trodden by hopeful fossil hunters and those walking the Jurassic Coast. The beach is owned by the National Trust, and as the cliffs that back it date back around 199 million years we\u0026rsquo;re pretty sure this must be their oldest site...\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe beach was named after the Duke of Monmouth who landed on it in 1685 as he tried to steal the crown from King James II. The attempt was unsuccessful and twelve locals were hanged on the beach in the days after his defeat.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eMonmouth Beach is dog friendly all year round so those on dog friendly Dorset holidays are often seen strolling up and down looking for fossils while their pets enjoy the shore. There\u0026rsquo;s barely a beach on this stretch of coast that isn\u0026rsquo;t dotted with fascinating fossils, and finds on Monmouth Beach have included ammonites, plant fossils and belemnites.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIn fact, if you time your visit to this beach around the tides you can even walk the ammonite pavement. Some of the ammonites measure more than 50cm in diameter so it\u0026rsquo;s an amazing sight for all ages. Wear shoes with grips when you visit this beach as it can get slippery and it is quite rocky \u0026ndash; but if you\u0026rsquo;re after a days\u0026rsquo; exploring and a walk for your dog then you\u0026rsquo;ll have a great time. 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Look out for fossils as you go as this stretch of the Jurassic Coast has been the scene of some of the world\u0026rsquo;s most important findings \u0026ndash; many of them by Mary Anning who discovered a complete ichthyosaur when she was just 12.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe area\u0026rsquo;s Jurassic discoveries and the beauty of the Cobb that protects the town from the sea make Lyme Regis a romantic resort. The Cobb even appeared in the film \u0026lsquo;The French Lieutenant\u0026rsquo;s Woman\u0026rsquo;, which starred Meryl Streep and was featured in Jane Austen\u0026rsquo;s novel \u0026lsquo;Persuasion\u0026rsquo;.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe original version of the Cobb was destroyed by storms in 1377, and the current version was built in 1820 using Portland stone. Today, it remains a vital defence against the elements and a Dorset landmark, and a walk along it is a great opportunity to enjoy the view of the town from the sea. 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In fact, all you\u0026rsquo;ll need to pack is the directions to this stretch of sand and your dog\u0026rsquo;s favourite ball as we\u0026rsquo;re pretty sure you\u0026rsquo;ll be spending most of your time here.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe beach slopes gently towards the sea and as it\u0026rsquo;s the last of the beaches in Poole before the Bournemouth beaches begin it\u0026rsquo;s a quieter choice than its neighbours. Branksome Dene is a wide beach too, so there\u0026rsquo;s always plenty of space to sit and enjoy the views or walk your dog.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eLifeguards patrol the beach regularly during the summer, and you\u0026rsquo;ll find a car park right beside the beach to save a long walk from the car. 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The Lyme Regis Museum\u0026rsquo;s guided walks are amongst the most popular short walks in the county, and with the chance of making a Jurassic discovery we\u0026rsquo;re not surprised.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe walks are aimed at adults and children, and you\u0026rsquo;ll be taken up and along the beach to the East of Lyme to get up close to the site of some of the world\u0026rsquo;s most influential fossil finds. Make sure you wear some sturdy shoes as the beach is rocky and you\u0026rsquo;ll need to do some clambering, and it\u0026rsquo;s a good idea to wear a rucksack so that your hands are free to dig!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe walks are informal and friendly, and you\u0026rsquo;ll be guided by the museum\u0026rsquo;s very own geologist Paddy Howe and marine biologist Chris Andrew. They ensure that there are never more than 15 walkers to one guide, so you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to ask them anything you like as you go. It doesn\u0026rsquo;t matter whether you\u0026rsquo;re a fossil fanatic or you\u0026rsquo;re just curious to see what you might find, the excitement of looking for something on the shore 150 million years after it was formed will soon have you and your family in its grip.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you want to brush up know knowledge of the Jurassic Coastline and its significance after your walk you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to gain free entry to the museum with your ticket. 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Today, the resort draws Austen enthusiasts from all over the world, and the Jane Austen walk operated by Literary Lyme Walking Tours is the best way to get to know the area and make sure you see all the places connected to Austen and her work.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll follow the footsteps of one of the world\u0026rsquo;s most talented novelists and her characters, passing the relevant inns, the harbour wall and the house in which she stayed. You\u0026rsquo;ll even be walked along the famous Cobb to see the steps from which Louisa Musgrove fell in \u0026lsquo;Persuasion\u0026rsquo;.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you want to see more of Jane Austen\u0026rsquo;s Lyme Regis you can book the extended tour, which takes in locations slightly further afield such as Charmouth and Pinny.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe walks run throughout the year, and they start from the metal anchor in Broad Street. 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This pebbly beach rolls on for 18 miles, and as you can access it from various points along the way it\u0026rsquo;s a great place if you fancy a walk or to take advantage of its seriously impressive sea fishing. Pick a quiet section for a wander, visit the Fleet Nature Reserve or take your dog to make the most of the longest dog friendly beach you\u0026rsquo;re ever likely to discover.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eChesil Beach rolls for miles between Portland and West Bay, and the Fleet Lagoon that separates it from the mainland stretches for 13km. Chesil Beach and the lagoon and both vital habitats for wildlife, so a stroll along the beach is a nice opportunity to spot some of the local species during your holiday in Dorset.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eChesil Beach lies at the heart of the Jurassic Coast (which dates back a mind-boggling 180 million years), and it\u0026rsquo;s also a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site. 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Bournemouth has always lured beach lovers from all over the country with its warm climate, happy atmosphere and gorgeous views. In fact, it\u0026rsquo;s statistically the happiest place in Britain, and we\u0026rsquo;re pretty sure that must have something to do with its stunning series of beaches.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eTucked in the shelter of a line of cliffs, the bay enjoys its own microclimate and (good news for the water babies amongst you) some of the UK\u0026rsquo;s warmest sea temperatures.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eTake your pick from a winding series of sandy beaches, and along the bay you\u0026rsquo;ll find areas to try your hand at watersports, spots for families and sections where you can simply hire a deck chair and put your feet up. 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In fact, the unassuming areas of Bovington and Moreton are home to sites that give a unique glimpse into the man behind the image, and he was buried in a Moreton cemetery after the motorcycle accident that ended his life nearby.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Lawrence of Arabia trail is a must during a hiking holiday in Dorset, as not only does it retrace the footsteps of one of Britain\u0026rsquo;s most intriguing characters but it\u0026rsquo;s also an opportunity to take in some of the county\u0026rsquo;s lesser-known beauty spots. The trail is just under 7 miles long, and it starts at Bovington Tank Museum, following winding lanes and quiet woodland for the most part.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe trail can be walked in sections, and the second section is a quarter of a mile of smooth, wide lanes for those who use wheelchairs of will have pushchairs with them. This section of the train links Moreton and the ford that crosses the River Frome. 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This\u0026rsquo;ll take you back to your childhood - Corfe Castle was the inspiration for Kirrin Castle which featured in Enid Blyton\u0026rsquo;s Famous Five books. The ruin makes a dramatic sight against the skyline, and the castle once protected the only way to pass between the Purbeck Hills.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThat\u0026rsquo;s enough about the castle for now (we won\u0026rsquo;t give away all its secrets) let\u0026rsquo;s focus on this stretch of the South West Coast Path. The walk starts at Corfe Castle Square (where you\u0026rsquo;ll find a shop dedicated to Enid Blyton souvenirs by the way), and takes you to Swanage station where you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to get a train back to the village. 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The circular walk starts and finishes at Victoria Inn Bus Stop and it\u0026rsquo;s a relatively easy one with few hills or climbs. Chesil Beach provides the perfect backdrop to a walk that\u0026rsquo;s all about smugglers, love and adventure and there are a few surprises along the way too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eVisit the very church where John discovered the brand casks hidden with the coffins in the eerie vault, and explore what remains of the village that was actually destroyed in the great storm of 1824. You\u0026rsquo;ll even be able to peer into the gardens where John\u0026rsquo;s love kept a lookout for his return every day until their happy ever after. 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This is a fairly easy walk at 5.4 miles, and one of its biggest draws is the view of the limestone formations on the way into Swanage. You\u0026rsquo;ll also pass Durlston Head, which proudly showcases looming ornaments left there by a businessman of the Victorian era called George.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s a lot going on along this section of the coast path at any time of year, but during spring you\u0026rsquo;ll be treated to a view of hundreds of sea birds thanks to the Durlston County Park webcam. In fact, you may even get lucky and hear dolphins as they go about their business underwater thanks to the hydrophone so this walk is a great one for those of you who love to see the local wildlife. 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The circular walk is a great one if you\u0026rsquo;re taking your dog with you too as it takes walkers past dog friendly beaches and one or two pubs.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eEast Beach welcomes dogs throughout the summer season, and you can use this walk to explore the concealed beaches of Hive Beach and Cogden Beach \u0026ndash; two hidden little coves that look all the prettier for being lesser known.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eLyme Bay sits at the heart of the Jurassic Coastline, so as you look over to the cliffs try to imagine how they looked more than 184 million years ago (just to make this walk even more awe inspiring). If you look closely you\u0026rsquo;ll even be able to see the Cobb jutting out from the mainland, the town\u0026rsquo;s infamous harbour defence.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eEnjoy this unchallenging walk along the cliff tops and admire the sight of Lyme Bay in the distance. 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The walk circles Lulworth Cove, taking in the remains of what was once a forest roamed by dinosaurs. Try to imagine how the area looked during the Jurassic Period, when the trees stood in a swamp just off what was then a warm lagoon.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe shingle beach you\u0026rsquo;ll pass is a nice spot to pause and watch the kids enjoy the dramatic landscape, and there are some intriguing rock formations to admire while you\u0026rsquo;re there. This is a dog friendly beach too, so the whole clan can enjoy the walk. The forest is found in Lulworth Firing Range so you\u0026rsquo;ll need to time your visit for a day when it\u0026rsquo;s open, and that\u0026rsquo;s usually weekends and school holidays.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis is quite an easy walk for all ages, although some of the terrain is uneven and you\u0026rsquo;ll need to cut across a short beach. 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This ride is ideal for experienced riders, and the miles of sandy beach at Studland make a gorgeous setting for a gallop in any weather.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eMany choose to celebrate an occasion with a beach ride, and you\u0026rsquo;re more than welcome to bring your own bottle of champagne along to enjoy when you\u0026rsquo;ve finished. Studland Stables will provide the glasses, leaving you to relax and top off the experience in style. You can even book the stables\u0026rsquo; own photographer to take beautiful photos while you ride, so Studland Stables can help make a special event extraordinary. Beach riding isn\u0026rsquo;t available from July to September.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe stables are located in the friendly village of Studland, just 20 minutes from Bournemouth when you take the Sandbanks ferry. 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The centre offers a range of climbing and abseiling off site, so you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to experience the thrill of climbing part of the Dorset landscape under careful supervision of an expert. In fact, they\u0026rsquo;ll be on hand to do all the thinking for you, leaving you to enjoy the climb with confidence.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe surrounding area is home to all kinds of fantastic climbing venues and the friendly supervisors will meet you at them, so you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to choose from a real challenge of your skills to some exhilaration to get you started. If you fancy abseiling instead the offsite 30ft abseil tower is a controlled way for visitors to try their hands at abseiling for the first time, and it\u0026rsquo;s a great way to entertain the family during a Dorset holiday.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eHarbour Challenge offer climbing sessions for individuals and groups, and all profits go towards their work with disadvantaged young people. 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The centre organises rock climbing, scrambling and abseiling activities and thanks to the dramatic Weymouth landscape rock climbers can take their pick of exciting venues. There are taster sessions available for those who are new to climbing and just want to find out what it\u0026rsquo;s all about, and they\u0026rsquo;re a great way to experience something new as a family whilst you enjoy a Dorset holiday.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re going to start climbing whilst enjoying Dorset then why not do it outside in the open air? Venues used by Weymouth Outdoor Education Centre include Chesil Cove, Portland Bill and Tout Quarry. 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If you do find yourself wondering how it feels to climb your way to the top of a rock during a Dorset Holiday, then might we suggest booking a session with the professionals at Hamworthy Outdoor Education Centre.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;Hamworthy Outdoor Education Centre offer group climbing sessions for everyone from complete beginners to those who can scuttle their way up a boulder like a lizard, and they run the courses on the cliffs around Swanage and Portland.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThey\u0026rsquo;ll provide fully qualified staff, all the equipment you\u0026rsquo;ll need and transport to get you started, and all courses include abseiling at no extra cost. The friendly staff are trained to help get the most out of new climbers, and no matter what your age climbing will be a challenge you\u0026rsquo;ll never forget. 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Holidays in Dorset are the perfect way to forget the world and try something completely different, and the activities available at Dorset Adventures mean you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to impress the kids and have a great time as a family.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe expert staff will customise a route that\u0026lsquo;s suited to the size of your group and your ages, so you\u0026rsquo;ll get the most from your experience in safety. Once you\u0026rsquo;ve booked and let the staff know how many of you there are and your ages they\u0026rsquo;ll get straight back to you with your route, meeting place and a list of what to take with you. You\u0026rsquo;ll be supervised by instructors every step of the way, so don\u0026rsquo;t worry if you need some encouragement along the way.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eMost routes include the chance to leap into the sea, have a go at some short swims from rock to rock and enjoy some serious scrambling. 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Bournemouth\u0026rsquo;s Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum is one of England\u0026rsquo;s most important and intriguing museum houses. The building itself is inspiring enough even without the displays inside, as the historic Grade II listed property is one of Bournemouth\u0026rsquo;s grandest landmarks.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are talks and tours held regularly that tell of the building\u0026rsquo;s history and the Russell-Cotes family\u0026rsquo;s collections, including \u0026lsquo;The Story of the Victorian Villa\u0026rsquo; and \u0026lsquo;The Story of the Paintings\u0026rsquo;. If you would like one of the tours on a specific date feel free to contact the gallery staff who will try to arrange it for you.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eRussell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum makes sure that children have a great time during their visit as well as adults, so look out for the regular family activities on offer such as storytelling and themed mask making. 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This friendly gallery makes a point of showing new talent as well as some of the most established artists on the scene, and it\u0026rsquo;s a must for anybody on a Dorset holiday that has a passion for contemporary art.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eExhibitions change regularly, and they usually include pictures and sculptures created using a whole range of styles and subjects, so you never quite know what you\u0026rsquo;re going to see when you visit the Jerram Gallery. The gallery has a quaint setting in the sleepy market town of Sherborne, and it\u0026rsquo;s surrounded by historic buildings, antique dealers crammed with fascinating treasures and of course the Abbey.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eWorks on display at the Jerram Gallery include watercolour, pastel, oil and tempera, so there really is something to suit every taste. The pieces change regularly, and sculpture on display at the gallery is either carved straight into stone or bronze. 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There\u0026rsquo;s something exhilarating about getting up close to the planes that have made history, and it\u0026rsquo;s difficult to tell who loves this open air museum more \u0026ndash; the kids or the mums and dads.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eTake your time and wander the airfield (taking as many snaps of your clan with the aircraft as you want to of course) during a visit to this relaxed family attraction. The exhibits include a Vulcan Bomber, a Wessex Helicopter, a Hunter, a Viscount, a Meteor and many more. Aviation enthusiasts will think they\u0026rsquo;ve died and gone to aircraft Heaven, and even if you don\u0026rsquo;t know the first thing about flying this is a unique day out that will make your holiday in Dorset.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt\u0026rsquo;s not all about the aircraft though, oh no. You\u0026rsquo;ll also find a Daimler Fleetline double decker bus, a fire engine, flack dispensers and a Zeppelin propeller. 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On the top level you\u0026rsquo;ll find sweeping views across Weymouth\u0026rsquo;s harbour and the surrounding coastline, but below lurk eerie passageways that are great fun to spend time exploring. The fort is home to an intriguing network of underground passageways that have ignited the imaginations of visitors for generations, and the many displays throughout the attraction tell visitors of its history.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eDon\u0026rsquo;t worry if you\u0026rsquo;re not exactly an expert on military history, Nothe Fort is a family friendly attraction and cinema screens retell its history. The mammoth guns on display always impress the kids too, so there\u0026rsquo;s plenty to see and do for the young and old. The fort is one of Dorset\u0026rsquo;s most striking landmarks, and it hosts family events throughout the year such as Halloween fun and family trails. 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This is as close as you\u0026rsquo;re ever going to get to real dinosaurs, and the exhibits include dinosaur eggs, ammonites and even dinosaur dung. Most of the fossils were excavated by Steve himself, and it\u0026rsquo;s great to see his findings displayed for the public with such thought.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe museum is housed in the very building that saw Mary Anning baptised in 1799, and as she discovered the world\u0026rsquo;s only Ichthyosaur nearby it\u0026rsquo;s the perfect setting for this collection. The Time Gallery has been carefully designed to give visitors an idea of the Earth\u0026rsquo;s history, and the sight of the Earth timeline running up a flight of stairs illustrates just how insignificant humans are in the scheme of things.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eScenes throughout the gallery show adults and younger visitors how the world has changed over time, which helps put the many fossils into perspective during a visit. 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Imagine her elation when she returned to this very site after discovering her latest dinosaur fossil on one of the nearby beaches.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe museum includes exhibitions on the many fossils that have been discovered on this stretch of coastline and the way they changed history, Dorset\u0026rsquo;s most famous fan Jane Austen, the role of the sea and the Cobb in Lyme Regis life and much more. This museum is a great place to start a holiday in Lyme Regis as it details the town\u0026rsquo;s history, achievements and famous residents through engaging displays that are interesting for all ages.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are regular fossil walks from the museum too, so if you fancy trying to find your very own 200 million year old piece of Dorset\u0026rsquo;s history then the guys will show you where to look. 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Find out how it survived the English Civil War and narrowly escaped ruin by the Parliamentarians of 1646. The ruins sit surrounded by some of the county\u0026rsquo;s most unspoilt scenery, and the views across the Isle of Purbeck are nearly as captivating as the castle itself.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eAs you peer around collapsed walls and stumble upon concealed parts of the ruin you\u0026rsquo;ll find more secrets and tales with every turn. Like all good castle, Corfe Castle is packed with stories of treason, treachery and weapons so it\u0026rsquo;s good fun for visitors of all ages. Children can find out what it felt like to wear armour, and there are regular family events held at the ruin.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eDon\u0026rsquo;t forget to count the arrow loops as you make your way around, and if you\u0026rsquo;re feeling brave you can find out exactly what the murder holes were once used for...on a less gruesome note, the castle has become home to all kinds of wildlife these days so keep your eyes open for some of the ruin\u0026rsquo;s cuter residents.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eDogs are welcome throughout the ruin but they must stay on a short lead. The National Trust welcomes visitors to bring their own picnics, after all, the castle was the inspiration behind Kirrin Castle which appeared in Enid Blyton\u0026rsquo;s Famous Five books. You\u0026rsquo;ll feel like you really are on a traditional Dorset holiday once you\u0026rsquo;re enjoying ginger beer in the shadow of a castle. 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Every county needs at least one beautiful mansion that once belonged to a wealthy family that loved all things elegant, and Kingston Lacy is Dorset\u0026rsquo;s. The mansion was built to replicate an Italian palace, and it houses grand carvings, art work by like likes of Ruben and Van Dyck and more unexpected objects such as an \u0026lsquo;I owe you\u0026rsquo; note from the king himself.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eSpeaking of the unexpected, have a look at the largest private collection of Egyptian artefacts in the UK in the home\u0026rsquo;s Egyptian Room and get a family snap taken with the obelisk outside. The estate sprawls for 8,500 hectares, and visitors can enjoy a picnic on the lawn while the children let off steam in the play area, or take one of the many walks to enjoy the scenery.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe woodland walks are a nice way to enjoy some shade on a hot day, and the Japanese Garden makes for a quirky way to enjoy the grounds. 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The lake at the centre of the gardens reflects the classical temples and exotic trees that surround it, and this is one of those attractions that look gorgeous no matter what time of the year you visit.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;Take a grand tour of Stourhead House and admire the Regency library, beautiful paintings and Chippendale furniture that tell of an elegant past and times gone by. Stourhead has bags of character and a history that makes it unique, so discover both during a holiday in Dorset with a visit. There\u0026rsquo;s as much to do outside as there is inside the house, and the 1,072 hectare estate makes the perfect playground for a family day out.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eBring all your favourite treats in a picnic and experience the lawns in the genteel way the Hoare family would have enjoyed them, and then enjoy the great outdoors as you take in the views and gardens. The landscape garden was the idea of Henry Hoare II \u0026ldquo;The Magnificent\u0026rdquo; (they don\u0026rsquo;t make names like that anymore do they?) and they remain one of Dorset\u0026rsquo;s best-loved attractions.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.1051,"LocationLongitude":-2.31792,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/07/lake.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/dorchester-country/stourhead-house-and-garden","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/07/lake.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Brownsea Island","Body":"\u003cp\u003eYou may have heard of Brownsea Island as it was the birthplace of scouting and guiding. Found right in Poole harbour, this peaceful island feels a world away from the mainland and it\u0026rsquo;s a unique day out during a holiday in Poole. Visitors can enjoy unspoilt views right across the Purbeck Hills, and thanks to its stunning natural beauty the island is a haven for wildlife.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s a lagoon as well as sleepy woodland and heathland and regular sights include rare red squirrels, kingfishers, oystercatchers and many other birds. It\u0026rsquo;s not often wildlife lovers have the opportunity to watch birds and animals in such an undisturbed spot, and sitting watching them on this pretty island is the perfect way to while away a sunny day.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe first ever scouts camped on the island back in 1907, and visitors can try it for themselves at the Baden-Powell Outdoor Centre. A visit to Brownsea is also a chance to experience some of the activities that have entertained scouts and guides over the last century, such as canoeing, orienteering and conservation work. 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Open to the public every day of the year, the gardens include the Kitchen Garden, the Ponds, the Blacksmith\u0026rsquo;s Hill, the Mount and many more \u0026ndash; and the nicest part is that each one has its own character. The gardens cover 30 acres, and as different owners have left their stamp on them they have a sense of an historic project that still continues today.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Kitchen Garden is especially popular, as it produces all of the fruit, flowers and vegetables that are served up in the tearoom, so you may well taste a little of it during your visit. In the Mermaid Pond you\u0026rsquo;ll find England\u0026rsquo;s highest powered Centenary Fountain, which looms above the water at 160feet. You can see the fountain for miles, so it\u0026rsquo;s easy to find from the main house. As long as the weather\u0026rsquo;s kind the fountain turns on three times a day, so chances are you\u0026rsquo;ll see it in all its glory during your visit to the gardens.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s an enticing perk to visiting the gardens during the summer, the Fruit Farm welcomes those who want to pick their own fruit. 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The lake sits at the heart of 30 beautiful acres of garden in the grounds of the historic Sherborne Castle, and the 40 acres of grounds that lead on from the gardens make a visit to Sherborne one of Dorset\u0026rsquo;s greatest days out.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe gardens have a section to suit every taste and style, from sweeping lawns, pretty borders and inspiring specimen trees \u0026ndash; it\u0026rsquo;ll be completely up to you whether you sit back and watch the children play, wander one of the trails or sit and enjoy the peace and quiet beside the lake. There\u0026rsquo;s one thing you\u0026rsquo;ll be guaranteed no matter when you visit or what you do, the gardens will be ablaze with colour. 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The house dates back to 1485 and the spectacular formal gardens have been carefully designed to wow those who see them. The gardens were built between 1881 and 1889 by Alfred Cart de Lafontaine, and their quiet woodland scenery softens the formal architecture that surrounds them.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Great Court is one of Dorset\u0026rsquo;s most striking sights as its dotted with perfect Yew trees in the shape of pyramids. When they were first planted the idea behind the trees was that they would punctuate rose beds, but these days they\u0026rsquo;re the centrepiece of the gardens. Wander through The Great Court to discover the canal, the Private Garden and the octagonal pond, and you\u0026rsquo;ll soon feel as though you\u0026rsquo;ve stepped into the pages of a fairy tale.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eMany choose to stroll the pretty river walk which makes its way through the landscape before taking visitors to the ancient Dovecote. 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Take some time out during a holiday in Poole with a visit to everyone\u0026rsquo;s favourite walking spot Upton Country Park.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe park has five Green Flag Awards to its name (Green Flags recognise the country\u0026rsquo;s best green spaces) thanks to its wide open spaces and unspoilt scenery. The newly landscaped walled garden once produced all the fresh fruit and vegetables the main house needed, and these days its main attraction is the water feature that the kids love to get soaked in during the summer.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou can take your dog with you to the park, although he must stay on his lead throughout the gardens, the parkland and on the shoreline. Who doesn\u0026rsquo;t love a traditional English garden? Update your family photos with some snaps in the colourful Formal Gardens which encircle the house. 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Borough Gardens have all the features of a traditional park, including tennis courts, a play area for the little ones, a bowling green, a clock tower, beautiful flower beds and the centrepiece \u0026ndash; a bandstand.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s a snack bar in the gardens, but to be honest this is one of those places that makes you want to unpack a picnic and take your time and if you pick the right summer\u0026rsquo;s day there may even be an event on.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eRegular events include a Teddy Bear\u0026rsquo;s Picnic (which always goes down a storm with the children) and live bands performing in the bandstand so check what\u0026rsquo;s on before visiting Dorchester. 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Navigate an adventure through the tree tops that includes speedy zip wires, more than 1000 metres of high ropes crossings and the chance to ride segways through peaceful woodland.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe adventure enables visitors to enjoy the New Forest in a way they\u0026rsquo;ll never forget, and there are adventures to suit every age group. One minute you\u0026rsquo;ll be gliding high above the tees with the wind in your hair and the next you\u0026rsquo;ll be racing your family on a segway at this attraction, so it\u0026rsquo;s a fantastic day out if you\u0026rsquo;re on holiday in Bournemouth.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eLet your Tarzans show off their skills on the Go Ape Tree Top Junior adventure, which provides up to one full hour of adventure that everyone can get the most from. 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Corfe Castle Model Village sits right in the centre of Corfe Castle Village, and it\u0026rsquo;s not only an interesting attraction but also a quiet spot to spend some time on a warm day. Surrounded by landscaped gardens, the model village embraces everything we love about the English countryside, and the model depictions of the area impress visitors of all ages.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis is one of those model villages where the attention to detail is painstaking. The miniature houses have tiny Purbeck stone roofs, and each one has been carefully created by hand. The castle is almost as impressive as the real one too, and with the king\u0026rsquo;s tower looming 20 feet above the moat it\u0026rsquo;s something to be seen. 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You\u0026rsquo;ll be welcome to visit for a look around even if you don\u0026rsquo;t plan on attending one of the services or the many events that the abbey hosts throughout the year, and one of the most striking features of this Sherborne treasure is the tranquillity that you\u0026rsquo;ll experience as you make your way around.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe abbey was founded in AD 705 and there are regular guided tours to bring you up to speed on the abbey\u0026rsquo;s long history. The guides know everything there is to know about the building\u0026rsquo;s origins, architecture and influence on the town and will bring it to life as you wander with tales and facts. 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