ATTRACTIONS AND PLACES TO GO IN WEST DORSET

You'll find so much to see and do in West Dorset with pretty towns, harbourside bars and restaurants, watersports, parks and gardens, castles and fortes, long sandy beaches with donkey rides, great shopping, attractions, museums and much more.  There are some wonderful annual events being held throughout the summer with festivals, carnivals, fun days and regattas.

Dorchester Tourist Information Centre - 01305 267992
Bridport Tourist Information Centre - 01308 424901
Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre - 01297 442138

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.  There's lots of other things to do including tractor trailer rides, play area, giant maze, café and much more.

Please visit the Abbotsbury Swannery Website for admission prices and details on special events.

Abbotsbury Swannery, New Barn Road, Abbotsbury, Nr Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 4JG
Contact Tel 01305 871858  

Abbotsbury Swannery Blog Review

PLEASE NOTE - Abbotsbury Swannery is now closed for the season and will re-open in Spring 2019

ABBOTSBURY CHILDREN'S FARM

Meet and feed lots of lovely farm animals, visit the walk in aviary, play in the soft play, barn and slides and much more.  Facilities include the café and gift shop.
Children's party packages are available.

Please visit the Abbotsbury Children's Farm Website for admission prices and details on special events.

Abbotsbury Children's Farm, Church Street, Abbotsbury, Nr Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 4JJ 
Contact Tel 01305 871817

Abbotsbury Children's Farm Blog Review

PLEASE NOTE - Abbotsbury Children's Farm is now closed for the season and will re-open in Spring 2019

ABBOTSBURY SUBTROPICAL GARDENS

The amazing subtropical gardens has a wonderful mixture of formal and informal flowers, ponds, stunning view points, a sculpture trail, Burma rope bridge and even a children's play area.
Facilities include toilets with baby change, a restaurant, gift shop and plant centre.

Please visit the Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens Website for admission prices and details on special events including the amazing enchanted illuminations in October.

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Bullers Way, Abbotsbury, Nr Weymouth,  Dorset, DT3 4LA
Contact Tel 01305 971387

KINGSTON MAURWARD GARDENS AND ANIMAL PARK

Enjoy stunning formal gardens set in 35 acres, visit the many farm animals and let the children run around the play park.  Facilities include a small café, larger restaurant and gift shop.

Please visit the Kingston Maurward Website for admission prices, location, details on special offers and annual events.

Kingston Maurward, Dorchester, DT2 8PY
Contact Tel 01305 215003

Kingston Maurward Blog Review

MUNCHKINS PLAY CAFE

This wonderful and friendly play café is ideal for Mums and Dads to relax and enjoy a cuppa with a slice of cake while the children play and have fun with little tykes cars, dress up, trains and much more.
Children's party packages are available.

Please visit the Munchkins Play Cafe Website for further information.

Munchkins Play Cafe, 33 Trinity Street, Dorchester, DT1 1TT
Contact Tel  01305 753435

SEALIFE ADVENTURE PARK

There's over 1000 marine creatures to see plus a huge fun play area and splash zone.  Facilities include toilets, baby change, restaurant and cafe. 
Children's party packages are available.

Please visit the Sealife Adventure Park Website for admission prices, events and special offers.

Sealife Adventure Park, Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7SX

Sealife Adventure Park Blog Review

NOTHE FORT

The Fort is a labyrinth of underground passageways and outdoor areas and stands at the entrance to Weymouth harbour.  There's plenty to see and do with the family and perfect picnic spots or a cafe selling lucnhes and snacks.

Please visit Nothe Fort Website for location, admission prices, opening dates and special events.

Contact Tel 01305 7666626

SHIRE HALL HISTORIC COURTHOUSE MUSEUM

Shire Hall Courthouse brings over 200 years of justice and injustice to life.  Walk in the footsteps of people whose lives were forever changed in the historic court.  Immerse yourself in the cells before ascending to the dock.

Please visit the Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum Website for details on facilities and events.

Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1UY
Contact Tel 01305 261849

LEISURE RANCH

Cresta run slide, go carts and super fun for all the family.

Please visit the Leisure Ranch Website for prices and opening days/times.

Leisure Ranch, Lodmoor Country Park, Preston Road, Weymouth, DT4 7SX
Contact Tel 01305 761420   

PLEASE NOTE - The Leisure Ranch is now closed for the season and will re-open in Spring 2019

THE FRONT SKATEPARK

Skatepark with a range of ramps, skateshop, café and lounge area.
Children's party packages are available.

Please visit The Front Skatepark Website for details on membership fees, session times and events.

Front Skatepark, Preston Beach Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7SX
Contact Tel 01305 771301

TEDDY BEAR MUSEUM

From the earliest antique teddy bear to today's TV favourites you will find them all waiting to greet you in the museum.

Please visit the Teddy Bear Museum Website for admission prices, special events and details on '5 Museums for the price of 2' which is valid for a year.

Address Eastgate, Dorchester, DT1 1JU
Contact Tel 01305 266040    

 

SANDWORLD

Sandworld is a unique attraction with huge detailed sand sculptures.  There is also a playsand pit, have a go sculpture area, fill a sand bottle, cafe and gift shop.
Children's Party Packages are available.

Please visit the Sandworld Website for admission prices and info on special events.

Sandworld, Preston Beach Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7SX
Contact Tel 07411 387529

Sandworld Blog Review

PLEASE NOTE - Sandworld is now closed for the season and will re-open in Spring 2019

ATHELHAMPTON HOUSE

This stunning 15th Century house is steeped in history and set in breathtaking gardens.  The Topiary Restaurant is a must and serves wonderful food, freshly made cakes and scones.

Please visit the Athelhampton House Website for admission prices, opening days/times and details on special events.

Located 5 miles East of Dorchester, off the A35 at Puddletown Northbrook.
Contact Tel 01305 848363

GONE POTTY

Gone Potty art studio has lots of fantastic pottery to paint plus a lovely free play area for under 5’s.  Choose from one of the many pieces or pop in with your baby to create a baby/hand print keepsake.  Facilities include toilet with baby change and refreshment are available.
Children's party packages are available.

Please visit the Gone Potty Website for more information and special events including crafts and ladies night.

Gone Potty, 12A Frederick Place, St Thomas Street, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8HQ
Contact Tel  01305 458549

WARMWELL SNOWSPORT CENTRE

In acres of woodland at Warmwell Holiday Park you'll find one of the top ski and snowboard slopes.  There are many other things to do including zorb sessions or you can brave the jumps.  

Please visit the Warmwell Snowsport Centre Website for admission prices and details on special events.

Warmwell Snowsport Centre, Warmwell, Nr Weymouth, Dorset, DT2 8JE
Contact Tel 0344 335 3450

Dorset Snowsports Centre Blog Review

DOODLES PLAY CAFE

Doodles is a family friendly cafe, where you can drink great coffee, eat freshly prepared food and enjoy homemade cake while the kids play in the free play area. They also offer children's parties, private hire, discos, monthly supper clubs and a playgroup called Doodletots.
Doodles ‘out and about’ offers small events catering, bouncy castle hire and celebration cakes.

Please visit the Doodles Play Cafe Website for more information.

Doodles Play Cafe, 1 Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3LE
Contact Tel 01935 812888

THE PALMHOUSE

The Palmhouse is a fabulous café-bistro and activity centre.  Blooming Kids indoor and outdoor play area is perfect for under 5's and the outdoor decking and play area is ideal for long sunny days.  New for 2018 is the Kraft Shack which runs a variety of activities including messy play sessions.

Please visit The Palmhouse Website for more information.

The Palmhouse, Melcombe Regis Car Park, Commercial Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7DW
Contact Tel 01305 458089

BELLA CERAMICS

This recently opened studio is located in the centre of Weymouth and has lots of pottery pieces to choose from.  You can also go in to have your baby/foot prints put onto a tile, mug or plate for a keepsake.
Facilities includes toilets and refreshments are available.
Children's party packages are available including the fun 'Paint and Pizza' option.

Please visit the Bella Ceramics Website for further info and special events including kids craft sessions, pre school sessions and ladies night.

Bella Ceramics, 9a St Mary Street, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8PU
Contact Tel  01305 780343

BENNETTS WATER GARDENS

The gardens are set within 8 acres of land and include ponds and lakes and are surrounded by plants, trees and flowers.  Visit the tropical house to see exotic plants and visit the museum to read about local history.  Facilities include a restaurant and gift shop.

Please visit the Bennetts Water Gardens Website for admission prices and special events.

Bennetts Water Gardens, Putton Lane, Chickerell, Weymouth, DT3 4AF 
Contact Tel 01305 785150

PLEASE NOTE - Bennetts Water Gardens is now closed for the season and will re-open in Spring 2019

PIRATE ADVENTURE MINI GOLF

Situated right next to the Sealife Adventure Park is an exciting and unique themed 18 hole adventure golf course with galleons, treasure chests and gunpowder barrells.

Please visit the Sealife Adventure Park Website for admission prices and opening days/times.

Pirate Adventure Mini Golf, Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7SX

TERRACOTTA WARRIORS MUSEUM

The museum is one of the only museums outside China exclusively dedicated to the amazing Terracotta Warriors.  The displays have been created to give an insight into China 2200 years ago.

Please visit the Terracotta Warriors Museum Website for admission prices, special events and details on the '5 Museums for the price of 2' pass which is valid for a year.

Terracotta Warriors Museum, High East Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1JU
Contact Tel 01305 266040

DINOSAUR MUSEUM

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

Please visit the Dinosaur Museum Website for admission prices, special events and details on the '5 Museums for the price of 2' pass which is valid for a year.

Dinosaur Museum, Icen Way, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1EW
Contact Tel 01305 269880

VURLANDS ANIMAL FARM

Vurlands Animal Farm strives to provide a fun and adventurous day out for all the family.  They have a large selection of animals including Guinea Pigs and Rabbits, Tortoises, Poultry and Winston the Wallaby plus larger animals such as Donkeys, Sheep, Lambs, Pigs, Goats, Alpacas and Rheas.  They also have a fab play area with monkey swing and exploring tunnel, plus an establishing Willow Maze and in the good weather conditions a bouncy castle.

Please visit the Vurlands Animal Farm Website for further information, opening times and special events.

Vurlands Animal Farm, Coast Road, Swyre, Dorchester, Dorset
Contact Tel  01308 897160

LYME REGIS MARINE AQUARIUM

Discover the local fish and marine life of the Jurassic coast in an exciting interactive environment with the possibility of being able to handle certain live specimens.

Please visit the Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium Website for prices, opening days/times and 10% online booking discount.

Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium, The Cobb, Lyme Regis, DT7 3JJ
Contact Tel 07903 955300 / 01297 444230

PLEASE NOTE - Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium are now operating a winter timetable and should be contacted before visiting.

THE FUN FACTORY

The huge playframe is spread over 5 levels and has a separate sports area and toddler activity area.  Facilities include a restaurant selling hot and cold food.
Children’s party packages are available.

Please visit The Fun Factory Website for admission prices and information on toddler mornings.

The Fun Factory, 7 Albany Road, Granby Industrial Estate, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 9TH
Contact Tel 01305 777334

PORTLAND CASTLE

Built in the 1540's to protect against French and Spanish invasion Portland castle stands overlooking the Harbour.  Stroll around the Castle and enjoy relaxing in the Captains Tea Room.
Admission prices apply for non English Heritage members.

Please visit the English Heritage Website for admission prices, opening days/times and special events.

Portland Castle, Liberty Road, Castletown, Dorset, DT5 1AZ

FANTASY ISLAND FUN PARK

Hidden away in Bowleaze Cove is a fun park with lots of entertainment for the whole family including rides, amusement arcade, indoor soft play, seaside food and drink and much more.
Free entry to the park however ticket prices for rides and the soft play apply.
Children's party packages are available.

Please visit the Fantasy Island Fun Park Website for opening days/times and details on special offers.

Fantasy Island Fun Park, Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 6PW
Contact Tel 01305 834746

LODMOOR COUNTRY PARK

The Country Park covers 350 acres and features a whole host of attractions for all the family including the Rio Grande Model Railway.

Please visit the Dorset For You Website for further info and events.

Lodmoor Country Park, Preston Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7SX 

MFA BOWL

Bowling fun for all the family with a restaurant and games.
Children's party packages are available.

Please visit the MFA Bowl Website for prices and special offers.

MFA Bowl, St Nicholas Street, Weymouth, DT 4 8AD
Contact Tel 0843 290 8935

TOLPUDDLE MARTYRS MUSEUM

The Museum tells the harrowing story of the Martyrs arrest, trial and punishment leading to modern day unionism.
Free admission and free parking.

Please visit the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum Website for info on special events.

Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum, Tolpuddle, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7EH
Contact Tel 01305 848237

MUMMIES EXHIBITION

A unique exhibition displaying exact facsimiles of some of the Royal Mummies and the amazing stories that surround them.

Please visit the Mummies Exhibition Website for admission prices, special events and details on '5 Museums for the price of 2' which is valid for a year.

Mummies Exhibition, Armarna Centre, Alington Street, Dorchester
Contact Tel 01305 269741

FANCY'S FAMILY FARM

This is a community farm in Portland and home to lots of animals including sheep, wallabies, goats, horses and pigs plus they have a large soft play room and a café selling hot and cold drinks.
Free entry but donations are greatly received.

Please visit the Fancys Farm Website for details on opening times and special events.

Fancy's Family Farm, New Ground, Portland, Dorset, DT5 2EN
Contact Tel 07810 485351

THE BONES MUSEUM

More details coming soon!

TUTANKHAUN EXHIBITION

The Exhibition offers a travel back in times of ancient Egypt where you can discover the amazing recreation of Tutankhamun's Tomb, treasures and much more.

Please visit the Tutankhamun Exhibition Museum Website for admission prices, special events and details on '5 Museums for the price of 2' which is valid for a year.

Tutankhamun Exhiibition, 25 High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1UW
Contact Tel 01305 269571

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