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The Unforgettable Escape

Local Attractions


Using The Victorian Barn as a base to explore Dorset you will never be out of places to visit. The County of Dorset is host to many "things to do" or "places to go" here are just a few ideas.

Visit Weymouth Visit Weymouth

From beaches, coastline and watersports to history, heritage and wildlife, the Visit Weymouth website will help you find some great ideas for days out for all the family by highlighting the best of Weymouth's attractions.


Great Dorset Steam Fair Great Dorset Steam Fair

Held at the beginning of September on a 500 acre site at Tarrant Hinton, 3km east of Blandford Forum, the Great Dorset Steam Fair is the largest collection of steam and vintage equipment in the country. With 200 working steam and traction engines, 100 fairground organs and around 2000 other working exhibits the aim of the show is to give the public an insight into what the English way of life looked like in the country around the 1900's, when steam power was in its heyday.


Best of Dorset Attractions Best of Dorset Attractions

The best attractions in Dorset are listed in this site. From history and heritage to family attractions, houses and castles to gardens, steam to pottery, crafts to animals and shopping to tranquil tea houses. Value for money brought to you in true Best of Dorset style! To receive the discounts please pick up a 'Best of Dorset' leaflet available from any Dorset Tourist Information Centre.


Monkeyworld Monkeyworld

Set amongst the woodland of Dorset lays 65 acres of sanctuary for over 150 primates. Monkey World was set up in 1987 by Jim and Alison Cronin to provide abused Spanish beach chimps with a permanent, stable home. Today Monkey World works in conjunction with foreign governments from all over the world to stop the illegal smuggling of apes out of Africa and Asia. At the park visitors can see more than 150 primates of 15 different species.


The Tank Museum The Tank Museum

An Independent Museum and a Registered Charity. The Home of The Tank.


Abbotsbury Children's Farm Abbotsbury Children's Farm

A great place for the under 11's. Bottle feed the baby goats am and pm, cuddle the guinea pigs, ride the ponies, race the toy tracors and have endless fun in the undercover soft play area.


Abbotsbury Sub tropical Gardens Abbotsbury Sub tropical Gardens

Voted "Our Favouite Garden" by the readers of The Daily Telegraph in 2006. Runner-up in the peoples' vote for the best major display garden at The Chelsea Flower Show, May 2006.


Abbotsbury Swannery Abbotsbury Swannery

This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. A visit to the Swannery is considered one of the best things to do in Dorset.


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