The Dorset coast includes seaside resorts such as Weymouth, Charmouth, Lyme Regis and West Bay together with the drama of Chesil Beach and Lulworth Cove.
Small fishing villages and harbours have been the source of locations for TV and films such asthe "French Lieutenant's Woman" at Lyme Regis, "Far from the Madding Crowd" at Weymouth and the series "Harbour Lights" which uses the Dorset coast.
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.
Previously voted Best Dorset Attraction by The Good Guide to Britain. Do not miss the mass feeding of up to 600 swans at 12 noon and 4.00pm every day.
Abbotsbury Sub tropical Gardens
Voted "Our Favouite Garden" by the readers of The Daily Telegraph in 2006. Runner
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.
Amid the labyrinth of paved courtyards and cobbled streets of this redeveloped Victorian brewery nestles a unique Shopping Village packed with specialist shops and attractions. Set within the historic Hope Square, alive with cafes, bars and bistros, Brewers Quay offers a unique experience for the whole family
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.