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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.  We have also added links to our recommended suppliers.

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.


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. Only a 35 minute drive from The Victorian Barn, Woolland.


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.


Henley Hillbillies Activities Henley Hillbillies Activities

With over 25 years experience, unique well maintained equipment and a beautiful 200 acre site... your visit to Henley Hillbillies will be unforgettable. Individuals and groups large or small – they do it all. Whether you are entertaining clients or organising a stag/hen do, we have something special for you. The activities and group sizes are flexible, and can be customised to meet your requirements and your budget – whilst still cramming in the fun! All safety gear provided at no additional cost. Just a short drive from The Victorian Barn


The Tank Museum The Tank Museum

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


ForkingOut4Food ForkingOut4Food

We are so pleased to have Nick and his team of Forking Out as our in-house recommended caterer for our weddings and events. Professional at all times with a sense of humour which sometimes does not always go hand in hand. They were also regional finalist in the Wedding Industry awards for 2018.


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 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 tractors and have endless fun in the undercover soft play area.


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.


Venues4Hire Venues4Hire

Venues for hire is a searchable Venue Directory of over 31,000 Venues for hire in the UK. It is we believe the largest Venue listing site in the UK, listing all types of Venues from Village Halls to Castles. The Victorian Barn is pleased to be part of this large directory.


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