Top 10 places to visit in Dorset

Bournemouth in Dorset

When studying on an English course in Bournemouth (Dorset), you will have the opportunity to visit some of the following locations, here are the best places to visit in Dorset.

1. Monkey World

Monkey World is a chimpanzee rescue centre based in Wareham (Dorset) which rescue and rehabilitate primates worldwide. Monkeys and apes of over 20 different species that are kept in safe and naturalistic environments. Visitors can walk freely around the site and observe, or take a tour with Primate Care Staff that talk about man’s closest living relative. There are also cafes dotted around the site that serve hot and cold drinks/food.

2. The Tank Museum

The Tank Museum showcases tanks from across the ages, from 1915 to the present day. Veterans that used these impressive vehicles at the battlefronts will guide visitors and provide a backstory of their use. Go back in time and gain an understanding of the history of tanks from across the World Wars.

3. New Forest National Park

The New Forest is a beautiful national park that lies within the county of Hampshire. It is a collection of open heathlands and ancient woodlands that stretches 150 square miles. The New Forest is a perfect place to visit to explore, go on long walks, see wildlife and have picnics. In the 12th Century AD, this area was used as a royal hunting ground for King William I and his noblemen and therefore holds much history to it.

4. Durdle Door

Durdle Door is a perfect example of the power and beauty of nature, presenting an idillic arch and beach. The shingle beach is accessible via a path and steps from the car park and provides a a stunning picture opportunity.

5. Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island provides a great opportunity to observe diverse habitats and wildlife, which includes the rare and highly endangered red squirrel, as well as a small population of peacocks. Easily accessible via public ferry or private boat for a price that is worth every penny. Take a picnic, relax, watch the wildlife and enjoy the views that it has to offer.

6. Jurassic Coast

With 95 miles of coastline and 185 million years of history. The Jurassic Coast consists of fantastic beaches, cliffs and landslides, which all contain rocks and fossils from millions of years in the past. As a result, exploring the coast is awe-inspiring and the Jurassic Coast reveals the records for millions of years of our Earth. In turn, this gives an understanding of the beautiful natural history behind the formation of these rocks. This is the reason Dorset and the East Devon coast was designated as England’s first natural World Heritage Site in 2001.

7. Hengistbury Head

Hengistbury Head is a natural reserve that offers numerous areas of exploration, including various outdoor activities, wildlife, geology and a hugely interesting history. It is suitable for anyone, with a land train available for access to Mudeford Sand spit with scenic views and a café. For the more adventurous, an educational tour is available, or spectacular views can be seen from the top of Warren Hill.

8. Moors Valley Country Park

A 1000-acre country park and forest that has activities for everyone. With an Adventure Play Trail, Tree Top trail, a steam railway, golf centre, Go Ape Tree Top Adventure, Forest Segway’s, restaurant and gift shop. This country park is a beautiful place to visit for a day out and walk.

9. Bournemouth International Centre

The Bournemouth International Centre is a great venue for a whole host of events – from music gigs, comedy shows, broadways and musicals, the BIC has it all! To see all the events they have on and buy tickets online on their website.

10. Sandbanks Beach

Sandbanks Beach is one of the best beaches in the UK. It presents a beautiful golden beach that was the only one to be awarded 100% by the Tidy Britain Group. It has held the European Blue Flag status for a record 20 years. Along the beach there are various café’s, ice cream kiosks and even a mini golf course. This beach is a definite must-see as it also holds a record for the 4th most expensive place to live per square metre in the world. Along the peninsula are some of the finest and upmarket properties that the world has to offer.

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