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Whether you’re after a relaxing luxury holiday by the pool or on the award winning beach, a fun packed family break, or an action filled activity weekend, The Norfolk is the perfect place for you.

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Culture & Heritage

Rich in heritage and history, Dorset is a destination not to be missed.

Famously known as the heart of Thomas Hardy’s Wessex, home of the Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess of The D’urbervilles and Jude the Obscure and many other famous literary associations such as Jane Austen, John Fowles, TE Lawrence and Enid Blyton, Dorset has a magnificent collection of ancient and historic sites, country houses, military forts, castles, cathedrals and museums. Here are a few of recommendations of places to visit;

 

Museums

The Tank Museum Brings the history of tanks and war to life and boasts the world’s best collection of tanks and action packed live displays. www.tankmuseum.org

Dorset County Museum Discover 200 million years of Dorset's fascinating history in this beautiful Grade 2 Listed building which is much bigger on the inside than it looks! Collections include fine art, geology, archaeology, literature, the history of the world heritage site Jurassic Coast and natural history. https://www.dorsetcountymuseum.org

Beaulieu National Motor Museum In the heart of the glorious New Forest, Beaulieu is one of the South's top visitor attractions. Here you will find the National Motor Museum, home to over 250 vehicles telling the history of motoring. You can also visit Palace House and Gardens, home of the Montagu family since 1538  www.beaulieu.co.uk

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum One of the most important and fascinating museum houses in England, Hold collections of international status and reflects the Victorian’s fascination with world cultures. 
http://www.russell-cotes.bournemouth.gov.uk/

 

Railways

The Heritage Steam Swanage Railway Award winning standard gauge railway. Experience a unique journey through 6 miles of beautiful scenery passing through the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle. The railway offers a more intensive steam and diesel timetable service than virtually any other preserved railway. www.swanagerailway.co.uk

Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway A magical place in the New Forest National Park. The gardens, a spectacular 200 acres, are world famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs. The railway follows a 1.25 mile circular route on a 12 ¼” gauge and is a wonderful and evocative way to see the gardens. www.exbury.co.uk

 

Houses and Gardens

Athel Hampton House and Gardens 15 century manor house near Dorchester with stunning architectural gardens and riverside walks. www.athelhampton.co.uk

Kingston Lacy An art lover’s dream. Built to resemble an Italian palace, this treasure filled mansion is surrounded by formal gardens and parkland with an iron age hill fort, all cared for by the National Trust. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy

Hardy’s Birthplace and Maxgate Visit Hardy’s birthplace, a small cob and thatch cottage and Maxgate which was designed by Hardy and where he lived until he died. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/max-gate

Compton Acres One of the finest privately owned gardens in Southern England, including Italian and Japanese Gardens www.comptonacres.co.uk/

Cathedrals

Salisbury Cathedral Climb up Britain’s tallest spire one of the finest medieval cathedrals in Britain containing the best preserved original Magna Carta.   www.salisburycathedral.org.uk  

 

Castles

Highcliffe Castle This early Victorian romantic fantasy castle, incorporates medieval carving and stained glass from France, has been described as arguably the most important surviving house of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cerne-giant/

Corfe Castle A favourite haunt for adults and children alike, you can't fail to be captivated by the romantic Corfe Castle ruins and it's breath-taking views across Purbeck! https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle

 

Let us know what you would like to do and we will help you plan your holiday. Call our Reception Team on +44 (0) 1202 551521.

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Family Activities

Family Activities

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Things to do in Bournemouth

Things to do in Bournemouth

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Countryside

Miles upon miles of classically English rolling countryside