Useful Links and Attractions for your Holiday in Dorset

Please find some useful links to places and attractions local to Dorset:

 

Adventure Parks

Monkey World – Monkey Park
Paultons Park – Childrens Adventure Park
Adventure Wonderland – Adventure Theme Park
Farmer Palmer’s – Children’s Farm Park
Moors Valley Country Park – play trail, cycle paths, steam train, Go Ape! high wire adventure

 

Airports

Bournemouth Airport Shuttle – Airport Transfers
Bournemouth Airport – Bournemouth Airport information
Southampton Airport – Southampton Airport information

 

Animal Parks, Farms and Zoos

Abbotsbury Swannery – Swan Sanctuary
Oceanarium – Bournemouth Aquarium
Farmer Palmer’s – Children’s Farm Park
Kingston Maurward – Historic Buildings, Gardens, children’s zoo
Dorset Llamas – Llama Trekking
Monkey World – Monkey Park
Putlake Adventure Farm – children’s animal farm
Weymouth Sea Life Centre – Weymouth Aquarium

 

Aquariums

Oceanarium – Bournemouth Aquarium
Weymouth Sea Life Centre – Weymouth Aquarium

 

Beaches

Dorset Beaches – Comprehensive Beach Guide

 

Beauty Salons

HNB – Canford Cliff
Evolve Hair and Beauty – Ashley Road, Poole

 

Boat Hire

Castaway Charters – Boat Tours, Diving, Angling
Poole Boat Charters – Charter for up to 12 people, fabulous way to explore the harbour.
Powerboat Motoryacht Company –  motor yacht charter
Purple Pelican Self Drive Boat Hire – self drive boat hire
Superhawk Marine – luxury yacht charter

 

Bus Routes and Timetables

Route One Buses in Poole – local Poole bus route
Yellow Buses in Poole – local Poole bus route

 

Cafes and Team Rooms

Poole Pottery – Poole Pottery, Cafe and Paint Your Own studio
Peacock Tea Rooms, Upton Country Park – Upton House, Gardens, Tea Rooms and Art Gallery
Cafe Rouge – Bournemouth

 

Castles

Corfe Castle – Castle Ruins and Village
Lulworth Castle – castle and park
Sherborne Castle -Castle, garden and tearooms

 

Coastal Adventures

Bournemouth Pier – Bournemouth Pier and activities
Brownsea Island – Trails, ecology, picnics and exploration
Durdle Door – Durdle Door and coastal walk
Old Harry Rocks – Old Harry Rocks, Jurassic Coast
Poole Quay – Poole Quay and activities

 

Cycle Hire and Routes

Moors Valley Country Park – play trail, cycle paths, steam train, Go Ape! high wire adventure
Cycle Routes in Poole – Cycle Routes in Poole

 

Dorset

Discover Dorset – Dorset Bus Tours

 

Family Fun

Adventure Wonderland – Adventure Theme Park
Bowlplex – Ten Pin Bowling Centre
Brownsea Island – Trails, ecology, picnics and exploration
Ceramic Cafe in Wimborne – an independent, family owned and run cafe / coffee shop and ceramic studio
Discover Dorset – Dorset Bus Tours
Farmer Palmer’s – Children’s Farm Park
Go Ape! – high wire forest adventure course
Gus Gorillas – Children’s ball park at Poole Park
Jurassic Safari – 4×4 across Dorset`s Jurassic coastline
Matchams Karting – Go Karting
Monkey World – Monkey Sanctuary
Moors Valley Country Park – play trail, cycle paths, steam train, Go Ape! high wire adventure
New Forest Activities – activities in the forest for all the family
Paultons Park – Childrens Adventure Park
Snowtrax – outdoor activity centre and skiing
Tower Park – entertainment complex

 

Ferries

Blueline Cruises – Local Boat trips
Brittany Ferries – Channel Ferries
Condor Ferries – Channel Island Ferries
Dorset Cruises – Boat Trips and Harbour Tours
Greenslade Pleasure Boats – Harbour Tours

 

Fishing

Poole Sea Angling Centre – fishing trips

 

Gardens

Beaulieu – Vintage Cars, Historic Buildings and Parks
Compton Acres – Gardens
Exbury Gardens – Gardens
Kingston Lacy – Elegant 17th century building and gardens
Upton Country Park – Gardens and bird watching

 

Golf 

Parkstone Golf Club – Golf Club
Bulbury Woods – Lytchett Minster, Poole
Dudsbury Golf Club – Bournemouth
Ferndown Golf Club – Ferndown
Wareham Golf Club – Wareham

 

Historic Houses and Castles

Corfe Castle Model Village – Gardens and Model Village
Kingston Lacy – Elegant 17th century building and gardens
Kingston Maurward – Historic Buildings, Gardens, children’s zoo
Lulworth Castle – castle and park
Sherborne Castle -Castle, garden and tearooms
Upton Country Park – park and gardens

 

Markets

Wimborne Market – town market

 

Marinas

Cobbs Quay Marina – marina
Poole Quay Boat Haven – visitors marina
Salterns Marina – marina

 

Mobility Impaired Information

Boatability – A sailing club for all. They have 3 wheelchair-accessible boats, which can ferry 4 powered chairs and offer a range of services from boat charter, fishing trips or even RYA qualifications
Friends of Dolphin – A specially designed boat for people of all ages with disabilities, particularly those in wheelchairs or with walking difficulties
Landease, Sandbanks Tel: 01202 708181 – beach wheelchair hire
Landease, Poole Tel: 01202 261373 – beach wheelchair hire
– offers accessible transport for people who find ordinary buses difficult to use
Poole Sailability – A friendly club enabling disabled people to enjoy sailing in dinghies and keelboats in Poole Harbour.
Route One Buses in Poole – local Poole bus route (all buses have a flat, step-free entrance and space for one wheelchairs
Poole Shopmobility – mobility equipment hire
Shopmobility – mobility equipment hire
Sports Forum for the Disabled – Sailing trips on board ‘Knoticat’ – up to a maximum of 11 passengers (including escorts)

 

Model Villages

Corfe Castle Model Village – Gardens and Model Village
Wimborne Minster’s Model Town – Model Town

 

Museums

Beaulieu – Vintage Cars, Historic Buildings and Parks
Museum of Electricity
Amarna Centre – Mummies Exhibition
Poole Museum
Royal Signals Museum – Military Museum
Tank Museum, Bovingdon – The Tank Museum – The World’s Best Collection of Tanks
Teddy Bear Museum, Dorchester – The Teddy Bear Museum
Terracotta Warriors Museum – museum

 

Music

Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) – Events Venue

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO)
Lighthouse Poole – events venue, theatre
Mr Kyps – music venue, tribute bands
Upton Country Park – annual proms with the BSO

 

National Trust

Brownsea Island – National Trust Nature Reserve
Kingston Lacy – Elegant 17th century building and gardens

 

Parks and Facilities

Gus Gorillas – Children’s ball park at Poole Park
Sevens Boat Shed Restaurant – Restaurant in Poole Park
Moors Valley Country Park – play trail, cycle paths, steam train, Go Ape! high wire adventure
Poole Park –  public park, lakes, play equipment, tennis, bowls, crazy golf, ice skating
Rockley Watersports – watersports activities in Poole Park
Upton Country Park – park and gardens

 

Pleasure Boat Trips

Blueline Cruises – Local Boat Trips
Brownsea Island Ferries – Brownsea Island Ferries and Harbour Tours
Dorset Cruises – Boat Trips and Harbour Tours
Greenslade Pleasure Boats – Harbour Tours

 

Poole Quay Events

Poole Quay -Fireworks, displays and activities

 

Poole Old Town

Discover Poole – Guided walks of Poole Old Town and Quay
Ghost Tour of Old Poole – Ghost Tour
Poole Museum and Scaplen’s Court – Poole Museum and Scaplen’s Court
Truly Scrumptious – Traditional Sweet Shop in Poole

 

Pottery

Poole Pottery – Poole Pottery, Cafe and Paint Your Own studio

 

Racing
Matchams Karting – Go Karting
Poole Speedway – motorbike racing

 

Railway and Train visits

Moors Valley Country Park – play trail, cycle paths, steam train, Go Ape! high wire adventure
Poole Park – Land Train, and miniature railway
Swanage Railway – Steaming through the Beauty of Dorset’s Isle of Purbeck

 

Restaurants – Poole Quay and Town

Alcatraz Restaurant – Italian in Poole Old Town
Custom House, The – Cafe Bar and Restaurant on Poole Quay
Da Vinci’s – Italian Restaurant on Poole Quay
Guildhall Tavern, The – Fish Restaurant in Poole Old Town
Hardys Restaurant – in Poole Old Town
Oriel Restaurant – Poole Quay
Pizza Express – pizza restaurant in Poole’s Lower High Street
Storm – Fish Restaurant in Poole’s Lower High Street
The Thai Restaurant – Thai Restaurant in Poole’s Lower High Street
Wok n Spice – Oriental Buffet Restaurant on Poole Quay

 

Restaurants – Sandbanks and surrounds 

Branksome Beach Restaurant – Beach Restaurant
Rick Stein – Bar and Restaurant
Loch Fyne – Fish Restaurant

Restaurants – further afield

The Anchor -gastro pub in Shapwick
Cock & Bottle – pub in Morden
Patrick’s Restaurant – Restaurant in Lower Parkstone
Vesuvio – Italian Restaurant at Alum Chine

 

Sailing Clubs and Hire

Moonfleet Sailing School – sailing courses
Rockley Watersports – watersports activities

 

Shopping 

Dolphin Shopping Centre – Poole
Poole Pottery – Poole Pottery, Cafe and Paint-your-own studio
Truly Scrumptious – Old Fashioned Sweet Shop in Poole
Wimborne Market – town market

 

Swimming

Dolphin Swimming Pool – in Poole
Splashdown – indoor waterpark

 

Taxi’s

Ariel Taxis, Tel: 01202 747333 – taxis firm in Poole
Car Back, Tel: 01202 292969 – car back chauffeur service
Poole Radio Cabs, Tel: 01202 666333 – taxi firm in Poole

 

Theatres

Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) – Events Venue
Lighthouse Poole – events venue, theatre

 

Trains and Timetables

South West Trains

 

Water Parks

New Forest Water Park – Wakeboard & Aqua Park

Dorset Water Park  – A woodland, wet, adventure park in Purbeck

 

Water Sports

Water Sports Academy – Water sports activities & lessons

 

Yacht Clubs

Parkstone Yacht Club – sailing club
Poole Yacht Club – sailing club
Spinnaker Yachts – yacht charter