Dorset days out guide

Home > South West Days Out > Things to do in Dorset

Find things to do, places to visit and days out in Dorset.

Select an attraction type :-

Active Animals Arts & Crafts Gardens Historical Kids Museums Other Theme Parks Transport  Experiences Special Offers


Offers & tickets for things to do in Dorset :-

View more deals in the South West


Go Ape Moors Valley – Ashley Heath
Go Ape Moors Valley is a high wires adventure course in Moors Valley Country Park, West of Ringwood in Dorset… read more
Active (sporting) things to do


Henley Hillbillies
Old Henley Farm, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7BL
Active (sporting)


Playgolf Bournemouth
Riverside Avenue, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH7 7ES
Active (sporting)


Sandbanks Crazy Golf – Poole
Sandbanks Crazy Golf in Poole, Dorset, BH13. Find opening hours, admission prices, map and contact details… read more
Active (sporting) things to do


Splashdown Poole – Poole
Splashdown Poole is a family waterpark with indoor and outdoor areas in the Tower Park entertainment centre Poole… read more
Active (sporting) things to do


Abbotsbury Children’s Farm – Abbotsbury, Nr Weymouth
Abbotsbury Children’s Farm is an farm animal attraction near Weymouth. This attraction has lots of farm animals for children to meet and feed… read more
Animals & Nature


Abbotsbury Swannery – Abbotsbury, Nr Weymouth
Abbotsbury Swannery is the home of a managed colony of swans in Abbotsbury near Weymouth… read more
Animals & Nature


Arne RSPB Reserve – Wareham
Arne RSPB Reserve in Arne, Wareham, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Animals & Nature


Donkey Walking Adventures
Donkey Walking Adventures, Beaminster, Dorset
Animals & Nature


Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park – Verwood
Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park is a heavy horse rescue centre with horse related activities plus children’s play areas about 5 miles North West of Ringwood… read more
Animals & Nature


Fancys Family Farm – Portland
Fancys Family Farm in Portland, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Animals & Nature • Free entry


Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park – Organford, Poole
Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park is a farm attraction with children’s play activities near Poole… read more
Animals & Nature


Honeybrook Farm – Wimborne
Honeybrook Farm is a farm attraction in the village of Stanbridge North of Wimborne Minster. This outdoor attraction is set on a 84 acre farm alongside the River Allen… read more
Animals & Nature


Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre – Longthorns, Wareham
Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre is a primate centre home to rescued and endangered primates of all kinds as seen on the TV show Monkey Life… read more
Animals & Nature


Oceanarium – Bournemouth
Oceanarium is an indoor attraction set over two floors and features a wide range of aquatic creatures from around the world… read more
Animals & Nature


Putlake Adventure Farm – Langton Matravers, Swanage
Putlake Adventure Farm is an all-weather children’s activity farm attraction 2 miles from Swanage in Dorset… read more
Animals & Nature


Bella Ceramics
49A St Mary Street, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8PU
Arts and Crafts


The Clay Studio – Christchurch
The Clay Studio in Christchurch, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Arts and crafts activities • Indoor


Compton Acres – Poole
Compton Acres is 5 beautifully themed gardens, Italian Garden, Wooded Valley, Rock and Water Garden, Heather Garden and Japanese Garden set over 10 acres… read more
Gardens to visit


Kingston Maurward Gardens – Dorchester
Kingston Maurward Gardens in Dorchester, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Gardens to visit


Abbotsbury Abbey
Market Street, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3
Historical


Corfe Castle – Corfe Castle, Wareham
Corfe Castle is the ruins of a 1000 year old castle on a mound overlooking Corfe village between Swanage and Wareham… read more
Historical tourist attractions


Fiddleford Manor
Fiddleford, Sturminster, Newton, DT10 2BX
Historical


Jordan Hill Roman Temple
Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 6PL
Historical


Kingston Lacy – Wimborne Minster
Kingston Lacy is a large country mansion, gardens and estate covering 8500 hectares… read more
Historical tourist attractions


Kingston Russell Stone Circle
Abbotsbury Lane, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2
Historical


Mapperton – Beaminster
Mapperton in Beaminster, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Historical tourist attractions


Knowlton Church and Earthworks
Knowlton, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 5AE
Historical


Maiden Castle
Maiden Castle Rd, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9EY
Historical


Nothe Fort – Weymouth
Nothe Fort in Weymouth, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Historical tourist attractions


Portland Castle – Castletown
Portland Castle is a coastal fort built during the 16th century by Henry VIII and located on the island of Portland overlooking Portland harbour… read more
Historical tourist attractions


Sherborne Old Castle – Castleton, Sherborne
Sherborne Old Castle is the ruins of a 12th Century fortified palace, surrounded by a dry moat, that was once home to Sir Walter Raleigh… read more
Historical tourist attractions


Winterbourne Poor Lot Barrows
Winterbourne Abbas, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9XD
Historical


Crazy Monsters – Blandford Forum
Crazy Monsters is a children’s indoor play centre in Blandford Forum. The centre has a three tier play frame with biff bags, slides, ball pool, spinners and an aerial glide… read more
Kids days out • Indoor


Giggles 4 Kids
25c Elliott Road, West Howe Industrial Estate, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH11 8LQ
Kids • Indoor


Granby Fun Factory
7 Albany Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 9TH
Kids • Indoor


Lemur Landings Soft Play – Poole
Lemur Landings Soft Play is an indoor soft play centre for children up to 11, North East of Poole… read more
Kids days out • Indoor


Beaminster Museum – Beaminster
Beaminster Museum in Beaminster, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Museums & Galleries • Indoor


Blandford Town Museum – Blandford Forum
Blandford Town Museum in Blandford Forum, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Museums & Galleries • Free entry • Indoor


Bridport Museum – Bridport
Bridport Museum in Bridport, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Museums & Galleries • Free entry • Indoor


Dinosaurland Fossil Museum
Coombe Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3PY
Museums & Galleries


Dorset County Museum – Dorchester
Dorset County Museum is a museum with artefacts and collections of items relating to Dorset and it’s past located in the county town of Dorchester… read more
Museums & Galleries


Gillingham Museum – Gillingham
Gillingham Museum in Gillingham, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Museums & Galleries • Free entry • Indoor


Gold Hill Museum and Garden – Shaftesbury
Gold Hill Museum and Garden is a local history museum with a garden in Shaftesbury… read more
Museums & Galleries • Free entry


Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum – Corfe Castle
Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum in Corfe Castle, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Museums & Galleries • Free entry • Indoor


Terracotta Warriors Museum
High East Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1JU
Museums & Galleries • Indoor


The Dinosaur Museum – Dorchester
The Dinosaur Museum is a museum about dinosaurs in Dorchester town centre… read more
Museums & Galleries • Indoor


The Dorset Teddy Bear Museum – Dorchester
The Dorset Teddy Bear Museum is an indoor family attraction about teddy bears in Dorchester… read more
Museums & Galleries • Indoor


The Keep Military Museum – Dorchester
The Keep Military Museum is a museum about the Devonshire and Dorset military regiments, West of Dorchester town centre… read more
Museums & Galleries • Indoor


The Tank Museum – Bovington
The Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Museums & Galleries • Indoor


The Tutankhamun Exhibition – Dorchester
The Tutankhamun Exhibition in Dorchester, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Museums & Galleries


Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum – Tolpuddle, Dorchester
Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum in Tolpuddle, Dorchester, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Museums & Galleries • Free entry


Wareham Town Museum – Wareham
Wareham Town Museum in Wareham, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Museums & Galleries • Free entry • Indoor


Weymouth Museum – Weymouth
Weymouth Museum in Weymouth, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Museums & Galleries


6D Cinema Bournemouth
8 Post Office Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 1BA
Other places to visit • Indoor


Wimborne Minster Model Town – Wimborne Minster
Wimborne Minster Model Town is a model village set amongst gardens in the village of Wimborne Minster… read more
Other places to visit


Sandworld
Lodmoor Country Park, Preston Beach Road, Weymouth, DT4 7SX
Other places to visit


Adventure Wonderland – Hurn, Christchurch
Adventure Wonderland is a theme park with an indoor Aztec-themed children’s play centre, plus 30 outdoor rides and attractions aimed at children up to 12… read more
Theme Parks


Swanage Railway – Hurn, Christchurch
Swanage Railway in Swanage, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Transport days out



Whether you are looking for a family day out, fun things to do with the kids, day trips for couples or a place to visit this weekend, we hope you find what you’re looking for when using our Dorset days out guide.

If you have a tourist attraction in Dorset that isn’t show above and you would like to add it to our guide then please click here to submit it.