There is a wide range of local attractions in the area - some are dog friendly, whereas others are not, so visit the relevant website for more information if you are thinking about taking your pet with you.
Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. The Swannery was established by Benedictine Monks who built a monastery at Abbotsbury during the 1040s. This unique natural wildlife habitat is popular with film makers and has been used as a location for Harry Potter filming. For more information, visit the Swannery website.
Farmer Palmers Farm Park is designed with children under the age of 8 in mind. It has a mix of indoor and outdoor play areas suitable for all weather conditions. Attractions include a deer trail, Alan the Owl, a woodland walk, pigs, ponies, sheep, cows and calves, chickens, ducks and Hamerton Toby, the miniature Mediterranean donkey. For more information visit the Farmer Palmers website.
Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park is a well-established tourist attraction in Dorset. The Gardens are grade II listed and contain a huge variety of plants and trees. The Animal Park was established in the early nineties and has recently become a member of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. For more information about the park and gardens, visit the Kingston Maurward website.
Monkey World assists governments around the world to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild. Refugees of this illegal trade are housed at Monkey World, along with others that have suffered abuse or neglect. All are rehabilitated into natural living groups. There are children's play areas, picnic areas and a Monkey World gift shop. For more information visit the Money World website.
UK Llamas offer personalised, guided trekking, rambling and walking tours with llamas, designed to suit your individual requirements and pace. The tours take place through West Dorset, which has been voted the most popular area of outstanding natural beauty by the readers of National Country Walking Magazine. For more information visit the UK Llamas website.
Walking with donkeys in Dorset lets you spend a morning or afternoon with one of their friendly donkeys to experience what it would be like to have your own!
Dorset has a wide variety of museums and exhibitions. Click on the link for further details: