Find the Best of Dorset attractions

Abbotsbury Swannery - tourist attraction in Dorset

Abbotsbury Swannery

01305 871858

Dorset’s World Famous Sanctuary. See over 600 free flying friendly swans, baby swans hatching mid-May to June end.

Open daily 18th March – 29th October, 10am – 5pm (last admission 4pm)

Swannery discount £2 per adult to a max of 4
Cannot be used with any other offer/group rate/Passport/Tesco vouchers. Valid to 29/10/17.

Adventure Wonderland - Dorset attraction

Adventure Wonderland

01202 483444

Multi award-winning Adventure Wonderland’s perfect day out!

Open: please see the Adventure Wonderland Website for accurate opening times, last admissions and ride times.

Save up to 33% – 1 FREE entry with every 2 full paying entrants
Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion. Valid 24th March to 5th September 2018.

Athelhampton House & Gardens - Dorset attractions

Athelhampton House & Gardens

01305 848363

Visit one of the finest manor houses in England, dating from the 15th Century. Coach House restaurant serving morning coffee, lunches and cream teas.

Open Mar – end of Oct, Sun – Thurs 10.30am until 5.00pm. Closed Fri & Sat.
Open Nov until end of Feb, Sundays only, 10.30am until dusk.
Open Good Friday 10.30am until 5.00pm.

£3 off per person with discount voucher. Children under 16 free.
Valid from January to December 2017.

Bennetts Water Gardens - Dorset attraction

Bennetts Water Gardens

01305 785150

Renowned for its replica Monet Bridge and National Plant Collection of Water Lilies flowering through the summer with 8 acres of lakeside walks and garden trails for children.

Open 2nd April to 29th Sept inclusive, 10am to 4pm daily, closed Saturdays.

One child free with every full paying adult.
Not applicable with any other offer. Valid for 2017 Season.

City Cruises Poole - Dorset attraction

City Cruises Poole

020 77 400 400

Sailing from Poole Quay and Swanage Pier. We offer a range of trips including Harbour Cruises, Swanage and Poole Day trips, Sea Train Adventure, Birdwatching & Fireworks Cruises plus much more.

1st April 2017 – 29th October 2017 9am to 5pm Daily. Check online for winter times.

20% off.
Not applicable with any other offer, boat only trips. Valid from 1/4/17 to 31/3/18.

Dinosaur Museum - Dorset attraction

Dinosaur Museum

01305 269880

The award winning Dinosaur Museum is now even more fun for kids and families with new and exciting hands on, interactive and interpretive displays that, with the life-size dinosaur reconstructions, fossils and skeletons, really bring the dinosaur world alive.

Open: Daily all year round. 10am – 5pm April to September, (October to March 10am – 4pm). Closed 13 – 26 December.

Dorset County Museum - Dorset attraction

Dorset County Museum

01305 756827

Visit this award-winning museum and discover 135 million years of Dorset’s fascinating history. Whether it’s dinosaurs, archaeology, geology, fine art, costume and textiles, or Dorset’s literary greats there is something for everyone here.

Apr to Oct 10am to 5pm. Nov to Mar 10am to 4pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day. Concessions and value family tickets available.

£1 off all adult admissions.
Not applicable with any other offer. Valid Jan 2017 to Dec 2017.

Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park - Dorset attraction

Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park

01202 824040

As seen on BBC’s “Down on the Farm” this Award Winning park entertains every age with a separate timetable for Adults/Children! Enjoy Heavy Horse Wagon Rides, Tractor Trailer rides, “Drive a real Tractor”!

1st April – 28th October 10 – 4pm. Closed Mon outside school holidays, open Bank Holiday Mondays. Oct open Thurs – Sun & Half term. Closed in very bad weather (if unsure please call).

The Etches Collection

01929 270000

Our Museum of Jurassic Marine Life in Kimmeridge is the finest collection of Late Jurassic age fossils in Britain, all collected by just one man, Dr Steve Etches MBE.

 Daily all year round 10am – 5pm (last admission 4.15pm). Closed 24/25/26 December 2018.

Farmer Palmer's Farm Park - Dorset attraction

Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park

01202 622022

Expect a jam-packed, full day out that is great value for money! A successful blend of exciting indoor and outdoor play, interactive animal events, tractor rides and unique cow milking demo with the real Farmer Palmer.

 From 10am Sat 21st jan 2017 – Fri 22nd Dec 2017.

Forde Abbey and Gardens - Dorset attraction

Forde Abbey and Gardens

01460 221290

Welcome to Forde Abbey, a 900-year-old former monastery, now a family home, offering a warm welcome to visitors. Surrounded by 30 acres of award-winning gardens, including England’s tallest powered fountain.

Gardens open daily 10am – 4:30pm. House open April – October 12 noon – 4pm, Tuesday – Friday, Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays.

£1 off per person (up to a max of 4 adults per group)
Valid 1/3/2017 to 31/10/2017. Not valid with any other offer or at special events.

GO APE Moors Valley - Dorset attraction

GO APE Moors Valley

0845 094 8556

Live life adventurously at GO APE Moors Valley! Enjoy award-winning outdoor adventure activities for all the family in the beautiful New Forest.

 Open all year around, but opening times vary. Please check website for details or call 0845 094 8556. The Tree Top Junior course will be staying open all year, whereas Tree Top Adventure and Segways will be Feb-Nov.

Lulworth Castle and Park - Dorset attraction

Lulworth Castle & Park

01929 400352

Welcome to the most beautiful castle in the south, set in the heart of the private owned Lulworth Estate. This magnificent C17th building is steeped in history.

Open Easter – December. Typically Sunday to Friday. Summer (BST): 10:30am – 5pm. Winter (GMT): 10:30am – 4pm. Last admission one hour before closing. Please check website or call before visiting.

Mapperton House and Gardens - Dorset attraction

Mapperton House & Gardens

01308 862645

Voted the “Nation’s Finest Manor House’ by Country Life and location of the 2015 film ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’. Glorious Jacobean manor with Earl of Sandwich Collection, overlooking 15-acre garden.

 Gardens open 1 Mar – 31 Oct Sunday to Thursday (closed Friday and Saturday), 11am – 5pm. House open 1 Apr – 31 Oct Sunday to Thursday (closed Friday and Saturday), 12-4pm. Guided tours only at noon, 1pm, 2pm and last tour at 3pm. Café open 1 Apr – 31 Oct Sunday to Thursday (closed Friday and Saturday), 11am – 5pm.

£1 off per adult, up to a max of 4 adults, under 16s free.
Valid Apr – Oct 2018.

National Trust Dorset attractions

National Trust in Dorset – A year of adventure

Discover a world of wonders: Corfe Castle, shaped by warfare over a thousand years. Brownsea Island, peaceful and a haven for wildlife. Kingston Lacy, an elegant mansion with beautiful gardens and parkland. Thomas Hardy’s cottage and Lawrence of Arabia’s rural retreat. Studland Beach, with miles of sandy coastline and stunning views.

Varies across properties, check online.

RockReef & PierZip at Bournemouth Pier

RockReef & PierZip Bournemouth

01202 983983

RockReef is an all year, all weather exciting activity attraction located at the end of the iconic Bournemouth Pier. Outside is the awesome PierZip, the first pier to shore zip wire in the world!

Discover & Fun Trails for Toddlers & Children

Open all year round, 7 days a week, but session times vary. Please check the website before visiting for session times and availability. Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.

Royal Signals Museum - Dorset attraction

Royal Signals Museum

01258 482248

DISCOVER – Spies, Codes and Secret Agents. Code and Code-Breaking! From Semaphore to Satellites and Fire to Fibre optics – EXPERIENCE the interactive History, Science and Technology of communications.

Discover & Fun Trails for Toddlers & Children

Open Mon – Fri all year, 10am – 5pm. Last entry 4pm. Open weekends from Easter half term to October 29th, 10am – 4pm. Last entry 3pm. Check website or ring for exceptions.

Splashdown - Dorset attraction


01202 716000

Experience some of the UK’s most exciting water flumes at the South’s favourite waterpark. Complete with sun terraces and café.

 Opening hours vary by season. Please visit our website or call us on 01202 716000.

£1 OFF standard single admission.
Maximum 1 person per voucher. Not valid with any other offer. EXCLUDES JULY & AUGUST. Photocopies not accepted. Expires 31/12/2017. Offer code: BODA17.

Swanage Railway - Dorset attraction

Swanage Railway

01929 425800

The Swanage Railway is the picture postcard branch line to the seaside. Steam trains run for six miles weaving their way through the beautiful Purbeck countryside.

Trains run daily April to October and at weekends and school holidays throughout the year.

The Blue Pool & Wareham Bears

The Blue Pool & Wareham Bears

01929 551408

A truly delightful family attraction, this Magical Pool is surrounded by tranquil woods and heathland with sandy crisscrossed paths leading up steps to views of the Purbeck Hills.

 Open: grounds from 1st March to 30th November. Teahouse, Shops & Bears from end of March to end of October. Dogs on leads are welcome.

2 adults for the price of 1.
Valid from 1st March until 30th November 2017. Not applicable with any other offer.

The Tank Museum - Dorset attraction

The Tank Museum

01929 405096

The Tank Museum brings history to life, with the world’s best collection of tanks and explosive live displays. Exploring eight powerful exhibitions, you will come face to face with almost 300 armoured vehicles.

Open 7 days a week, 10am – 5pm. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day.

Tutankhamun Exhibition - Dorset tourist attraction

Tutankhamun Exhibition

01305 269571

Experience the magnificence and wonder of the world’s greatest discovery of ancient treasure – Tutankhamun’s tomb, treasures and mummy.

 All year daily, including Sunday. January to March, 10am to 4pm. April to September 10am to 5pm. October to December 10am to 4pm. Closed 13th to 26th December inclusive.

Free Ancient Egyptian Cookbook worth £2.95 per transaction.

SEA LIFE in Weymouth

Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park

01305 716 070

Come and join us for a fantastic SEA LIFE adventure both above and below the ocean! Discover a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures.

Open every day except Christmas Day.

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