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IMPORTANT NOTICE: owing to the recent Coronavirus outbreak, many of our attractions will have changed their opening times, or closed altogether. Please check with each individual attraction before visiting. We are in the process of updating the events listings on this website too, but we advise that those wishing to attend an event in the coming weeks and months checks with the attraction before travelling.

Find the Best of Dorset attractions

Abbotsbury Swannery - tourist attraction in Dorset

Abbotsbury Swannery

01305 871858

Home to the only managed colony of nesting mute swans in the world. Cygnet hatching mid-May to end of June.  Mass feeding 12 noon and 4pm daily.

Open daily 14th March – 1st November 2020, 10am – 5pm (last admission 4pm)

Swannery discount 20% off per person with discount voucher.
Cannot be used with any other offer/group rate/Tesco vouchers. Valid to 1/11/20.

Adventure Wonderland - Dorset attraction

Adventure Wonderland

01202 483444

Dorset’s award-winning family theme park is perfect for an unforgettable day out.

Open: please see the Adventure Wonderland Website for full park opening dates which may vary.

Save up to 33% – 1 FREE entry with every 2 full paying entrants
Offer valid from 4 April – 1 November 2020. Not valid with any other offer or discount.

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.

“Winter Sunday Gardens” – Every Sunday – 10am to Dusk

“2020 season preview” – 17th February – April 1st – Sunday to Friday – 11.00am to 3.30pm

“2020 season” – April 1st to November 1st – Sunday to Friday – 10.00am to 5.00pm

Please check the website for up-to-date opening times.

£3 off per person with discount voucher. Children under 16 free.
Valid until end of October 2019.

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 22nd March to 25th September inclusive, 10am to 4pm daily, closed Saturdays.

One child free with every full paying adult.
Not applicable with any other offer. Valid for 2020 Season.

The Blue Pool & Wareham Bears

The Blue Pool & Wareham Bears

01929 551408

A truly delightful family attraction since 1935, this Magical Pool is surrounded by tranquil woods and heathland with sandy paths.

Currently closed

City Cruises Poole - Dorset attraction

City Cruises Poole

020 77 400 400

We have a different view of Dorset. 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.

2019 dates to be announced soon.

20% off all boat only cruises.
Not applicable with any other offers.

Dinosaur Museum - Dorset attraction

Dinosaur Museum

01305 269880

The Dinosaur Museum is all about having a roaring good time! It’s not a theme park, there’s not an animatronic in sight!

Open: Daily, times vary. See website for details.

 Save up to £4. £1 per adult and 50p per child. Maximum 4 people. Valid until 28 February 2021.

Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park - Dorset attraction

Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park

01202 824040

As featured on BBC TV, this Award Winning Park entertains every age with a separate timetable for Adults & Children. Heavy Horse Carriage / Tractor / Pony ride and ‘Drive’ a real tractor!!

10am-4pm 4 April to end of October. Closed Monday and Tuesday outside of school holidays, open Bank Holiday Mondays. October open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as Dorset’s 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 2020.

Discount: Gift Aid It! Free Annual Pass included in your entrance fee. T&Cs apply – please see our website.
Not applicable with any other offer or voucher.

Farmer Palmer's Farm Park - Dorset attraction

Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park

01202 622022

OPEN DAILY – bring your little explorers on an adventure to Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park! Morning and afternoon sessions available. Pre-booking is now essential.

Please check website.

Forde Abbey and Gardens - Dorset attraction

Forde Abbey and Gardens

01460 221290

The Kennard Family welcomes you to their unique 850 year old house and 30 acres of award-winning gardens.

Gardens open daily throughout the year from 10.00am – 4.30pm (last admission). House open 1 April – 30 October (except Mon & Sat) & Bank Holiday Mondays 12.00 – 4.00pm.

£1 off per person (up to a max of 4 adults per group)
Valid 1/4/2020 to 30/10/2020. Not valid with any other offer or at special events.

GO APE Moors Valley - Dorset attraction

GO APE Moors Valley

0845 519 2797

Live life adventurously at GO APE Moors Valley! NEW FOR 2020 – take to the trees without the need for a harness on Go Ape’s newest ‘Nets Adventure’.

 Open all year around, but opening times vary. Please check website for details or call 0845 519 2797.

Enjoy 15% off all activities before 10am, subject to availability. Book online using code 1BOD5
Code: 1BOD5 *Excludes corporate events, Moors Valley only

The Great Dorset Steam Fair - a Best of Dorset Attraction

Great Dorset Steam Fair

01258 860361

For the heritage lover, the historian, the music enthusiast, the kid-at-heart, the countryman and the thrill seeker!

Showground postcode: DT11 8HX

 Bank Holiday Weekend of Thursday 27th to Monday 31st August 2020.

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 privately 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.

£1.00 off per adult admission, up to a max of 4 adults per voucher.
Valid Easter – Dec 2020.

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.

House and Gardens open 8 April – 29 Oct 2020, Sunday to Thursday (closed Friday and Saturday), 10am – 5pm. Guided tours only for the house, at noon, 1pm, 2pm and last tour at 3pm.

£2 off per adult, up to a max of 4 adults.
Valid 1 April – 29 October 2020.

Nothe Fort - Weymouth - Dorset attraction

Nothe Fort

01305 766228

Award-winning visitor attraction offering low cost entry and great value come rain or shine.

Built by the Victorians to protect Portland Harbour, Nothe Fort is one of the best preserved forts of its kind. The advances in technology that affected the fort are explained through many displays, exhibits and audio visual facilities located on the ramparts, gun decks and maze of underground passageways.

 Open 1st April to 1st November

25% off standard entry charges
Not applicable for annual passes. Valid from 1/4/20 to 1/11/20

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.

Discount: 15% off Clip ‘n’ Climb or Single PierZip using code BOD20.
Not applicable with any other offer or voucher. Valid from Jan 2020 to Dec 2020.

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.

Discovery & Fun Trails for Toddlers & Children

Open Mon – Fri all year, 10am – 5pm. Last entry 4pm. Open weekends from February half term to end of October 2020, 10am – 4pm. Last entry 3pm. Check website or ring for exceptions.

One Child Free with every paying adult.
Valid Jan 1st 2020 to Dec 31st 2020.

Shire Hall historic courthouse museum in Dorchester

Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum

01305 261849

You cannot pigeon-hole the experience of visiting Shire Hall – forget everything you think you know about museums!

Open daily, 10am – 4pm. See the website for more details.

£1 off an adult ticket. £4 off a family ticket. Valid for 2020 season.

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 31/12/2020. Offer code: BODA20.

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 operate daily. 10am – 6pm daily end March to end September. October: daily except Monday and Friday. Rest of the year (except January): School holidays and weekends. See the website for timetable and operating calendar.

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 ten 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.

 Open daily. See website for latest details.

Save up to £4. £1 off per adult and 50p per child. Maximum 4 people. Valid until 28 February 2021.

SEA LIFE in Weymouth

Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park

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 and Boxing Day. Opening times vary. Please see the website for times.

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