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Although just a short stroll from the centre of Bournemouth and its famous beach, at The Norfolk we are also an ideal base to explore the Jurassic Coast England’s first natural World Heritage Site, stunning Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, historic Stonehenge, The Isle of Purbeck and the New Forest to

You can either explore yourself, or we can arrange for you to be collected at the hotel and join full day or half day trips.

Jurassic Coast The Jurassic Coast covers 95 miles of truly stunning coastline from East Devon to Dorset, with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth's history.

Lulworth Cove and Heritage Centre The beautiful white pebble beach of Lulworth Cove, with its blue waters and easy access make it a popular destination. Low tide reveals wonderful rock pools teeming with sea creatures

Stonehenge Walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. It is less than 40 miles to Stonehenge from Bournemouth. You can drive yourself, or we can arrange for you to join a day trip.

Isle of Purbeck A sixty square mile peninsula jutting into the English Channel, including historic Corfe Castle, quaint seaside town Swanage and magnificent Durdle Door.


Brownsea Island Owned by the National Trust and open to the public, features areas of woodland and heath, a variety of wildlife together with cliff top views across to Poole Harbour and the Isle of Purbeck. Access by public ferry or private boat.

Studland Beach Nature Reserve Vast area of sandy beaches and heathland. Studland Bay is ideal for water sports and the heathland behind the beach is a haven for native wildlife and features all six British reptiles.

Hengistbury Head Scenic headland, nature reserve and tourist attraction — the area is acclaimed for its diversity of wildlife and geology and is protected as a sight of special scientific interest.

Durlston Country Park National nature reserve and castle. A 200 acre countryside paradise consisting of sea cliffs, coastal limestone downland, stunning views, walking trails, fascinating wildlife and newly renovated Durlston Castle, gateway to the world heritage site. Holder of The Green Flag Award.

For more ideas visit the Leisure section of our website.

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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