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Best things to do in Dorset

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Cultural Center
“Obviously one of the main reasons people visit the City but you can spend hours looking around and enjoying the setting. You can walk from the Cathedral, into Harnham and then back along Town Path through the Water Meadows”
79 locals recommend
Zoo
“We had a lovely day out here, the children thoroughly enjoyed it (and so did the adults). Some great play areas for the children and a large cafe, although we took a picnic.”
67 locals recommend
History Museum
“Not just for the boys, this fabulous newly built museum has interactive activities and a great gift shop. Only about five miles from the house.”
58 locals recommend
Bay
“Luworths cove amazing pebble beach is great for accessing Durdle Doors two shingle beaches. A steep one mile footpath with steps down to the beach, take care when you are swimming as the pebbles shelve steeply. There is a large fee paying car park,but if you are lucky, park on the side of the road by the church for free”
73 locals recommend
Park
“Treetop walkway and high ropes, narrow-gauge steam railway, cycling, orienteering and fishing.”
53 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A 30 minute walk along the seafront to this trendy restaurant and bar overlooking the beach in Boscombe.”
55 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The island sits in the middle of Poole Harbour, with dramatic views to the Purbeck Hills. Take a short boat trip from either Sandbanks Jetty or Poole Quay.”
65 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Sandbanks is has the most beautiful beaches and also has the Gerry across to studland and swanage. ”
36 locals recommend
Establishment
“Lovely nature reserve perfect for dog walking, scooting, or a level car-free walk to a pretty beach with beach huts and cafe.”
41 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Best lobster in Dorset, just 35 mins away in a unique and unpretentious setting. ”
45 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Take a day trip and treat yourself, enjoy excellent food and possibly a spa at the well renowned Pig on the Beach just 40 mins away. ”
40 locals recommend
Hotel
“Seven miles of award-winning beaches! Plenty of things to see and do, catch a bus if you don't want to drive...”
31 locals recommend
Park
“https://www.visithengistburyhead.co.uk It is about 18 minutes driving from our place.”
37 locals recommend
Art Museum
“A fascinating Victoria villa and gardens located in Bournemouth town centre. Regularly hosts different art collections too. Nice coffee shop.”
39 locals recommend
Harbour / Marina
“The iconic Cobb wall is an historic stone pier that stretches out to sea to protect the harbour at Lyme Regis. It famously features in Jane Austen's 'Persuasion' and was a memorable feature of John Fowles' novel 'The French Lieutenant's Woman' and the film adaptation (1981) featuring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons. ”
35 locals recommend
Pub
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“The pub is approximately a few metres away as the house originally was part of the grounds. This is reached via its own very steep antique steps ( your own entrance) or the safer option via the front gate and walk a few metres more”
34 locals recommend