Houses and Gardens Abbotsbury Sub-tropical Gardens - Bullers Way, Abbotsbury, Dorset DT3 4LA - 01305 871387 - 20 acre gardens with rare and exotic plants Mapperton Gardens - Mapperton, Dorset DT8 3NR - 01308 862645 - Terraced gardens surrounding a Tudor/Jacobean Manor House. "The Nations Finest Manor House" voted by Country Life Readers, 2006 Athelhampton House and Gardens - Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7LG - 01305 848363 Hardy's Cottage - Higher Bockhampton, Nr Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8QJ - 01305 262366 - The Birthplace of Hardy Max Gate - Alington Avenue, Dorset DT1 2AA - 01305 262538 - The home of Thomas Hardy Ivy Cottage - Aller Lane, Lower Ansty, Dorchester, DT 2 7PX - 01258 880053 - Beautiful private gardens Chettle House - Chettle, Blandford, Dorset DT11 8DB - 01258 830858 Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park - Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8PY - 012305 215003 - Farm animal park with commercial and rare breeds and Edwardian Gardens Minterne Gardens - Minterne Magna, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7AU - 01300 341370
Family Locations Abbotsbury Swannery - New Barn Road, Abbotsbury, Dorset DT3 4SG - 01305 871858 - The only colony of mute swans open to the public in the world Childrens Farm - New Barn Road, Abbotsbury, Dorset DT3 4JG - 01305 871817 - Petting zoo, play barn, tractors and displays Monkey World - Longthorns, Wareham, Dorset BH20 6HH - 01929 462537 Deep Sea Adventure and Sharky's Playzone - Old Harbour, Weymouth, Dorset - 0871 222 5760 Discovery - Brewers Quay - Old Harbour, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8TR - 01305 789007 - Science fun for all ages Weymouth Sea Life Park - Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7SX - 01305 761070
Lyme Regis waterfront has many Amusement Arcades and fun activities for children.
Tours Lyme Regis offers offers many tours from history tours such as the 'Thomas Hardy Trail' and the 'Smugglers Trail', fossil hunting tours and ghost tours. Details can be found from the Lyme Regis Tourist Office
Similarly, Dorchester offers Thomas Hardy Tours, Town Walking Tours (including Ancient and Roman sites), Maiden Castle by Moonlight, Blue Badge Tours and Ghost Walks. Details can be found in the Dorchester Tourist Office - 01305 26792
Looking for idea on what to do whilst on holiday? Why not have a look at the Rural Dorset website - a fantastic website that gives you links to Arts and Crafts, Entertainment, Family Fun, Hidden Treasures, Historic Buildings, Houses and Gardens, Museums and Heritage Attractions in rural Dorset, along with details of festivals and local events.
The West Dorset webpage is also a fantastic database of what to see and what events are on throughout the county.