Great family friendly attractions in Dorset

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While we’re sure that most of your time is going to be spent sampling all the incredible food that is on offer in the region, if you’re looking for something to occupy your time between meals, we’ve got you covered. You can find a whole host of fun attractions based right here in Dorset to keep the whole family entertained, whatever your taste and budget.


Dorset has a fantastic variety of attractions, so visitors to the region can never claim to be bored. Whatever it is you’re into, you’ll find a great attraction suitable for the whole family.

We’ve got everything from steam trains to museums to animal parks, theme parks and more!

Learn more about the world around you with one of Dorset’s premier animal attractions. You can choose between farmyard based fun and games at a farm attraction where you can get up close and personal with cute animals, ride tractors and spend time in the purpose built play areas. Alternatively, for more exotic animals, you’ll love visiting the aquariums and conservation areas where you’ll find everything from monkeys, penguins and more!

Being by the coast means that there are plenty of fun things to see and do near the water, but there are also several fun water and adventure parks in the region for you to enjoy. If that’s a bit too energetic, why not book a boat ride and do a bit of sailing around the Jurassic Coast or do some fishing? You’ll find plenty of opportunities to do both while you’re in Dorset.

If you prefer being on dry land, there is plenty to keep you entertained too, Dorset has loads of glorious parks and gardens, as well as a number of stately homes for you to explore at your own pace. Many of them are owned by the National Trust, so you know what to expect and if you’re a member, you can reap the benefits of cheaper or free entry and parking. There is so much history to be seen, particularly at places such as Corfe Castle and the magnificent stately homes at sites like Kingston Lacy, they really are ideal places to spend a few hours, especially if you’re a fan of local history. It isn’t just gardens for you to enjoy, you’re also free to explore the AONB at your own pace and enjoy the abundant wildlife and landscape. There are of course the beautiful beaches, which are great locations for anyone looking for a picnic spot or to do a bit of rock pooling or beach games.

If you’re on a tight budget, you don’t have to miss out, there are a huge range of free days out, fun activities and discounted entry, especially during school holidays. You’ll find a range of Dorset’s top attractions right here.

Don’t feel like you have to come just for the day, there are loads of places to stay! There are lots of different accommodation options depending on your taste and budget. So, whether you want a cute self-catering property, a luxury hotel or want to get back to nature and do a spot of camping, you’ll find it here.
While you’re here, don’t forget to check what events are happening so you don’t miss out!

Badger Beers

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Symondsbury Estate

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Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

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Athelhampton House and Gardens

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Mapperton House & Gardens

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Melbury Vale Vineyard

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