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Top Choice Historic Building in Corfe Castle

Kingston Lacy

Dorset's must-see stately home looks every inch the setting for a period drama. It overflows with rich decor, most famously in the Spanish Room, which is smothered with gold and gilt. Other highlights are the hierog…
Top Choice House in Wareham & Around

Clouds Hill

The tiny cottage that was home to TE Lawrence (1888–1935) provides a compelling insight into a complex man. The British soldier became legendary after working with Arab tribes against Turkish forces in WWI. Look out…
Top Choice Castle in Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle

The startling, fractured battlements of one of Dorset's most famous landmarks were once home to Sir John Bankes, Charles I’s right-hand man. The Civil War saw the castle besieged by Cromwellian forces; in 1646 the p…
Top Choice Landmark in Lulworth Cove & Around

Durdle Door

The poster child of Dorset's Jurassic Coast, this immense, sea-fringed, 150-million-year-old Portland stone arch was created by a combination of massive earth movements and erosion. Today it's framed by shimmering b…
Top Choice Pub in Lulworth Cove & Around


A head-spinning array of 40-plus ciders make this thatched pub a magnet for fans of the golden elixir. From quaffable Bumble Berry (4%) to epic Old Rosie (7.3%), this 'permanent cider festival' thoughtfully offers s…
Zoo in Wareham & Around

Monkey World

An appealing sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees, orang-utans, gibbons, marmosets and some utterly adorable ring-tailed lemurs.
Castle in Lulworth Cove & Around

Lulworth Castle

A confection in creamy, dreamy white, this baronial pile looks more like a French chateau than a traditional English castle. Built in 1608 as a hunting lodge, it's survived extravagant owners, extensive remodelling …
Interpretation Centre in Lulworth Cove & Around

Lulworth Cove Heritage Centre

Excellent displays outline how geology and erosion have combined to shape the area's remarkable shoreline. Staff can advise about walks too.
Seafood in Lulworth Cove & Around

Cove Fish

The seafood piled high in this shed by the path to the beach has been caught by ninth and 10th generation fishermen Joe and Levi. Bag some fish for the BBQ, or settle at the wobbly table and tuck into Lulworth Cove …
Church in Wareham & Around

St Martin's on the Walls

This 11th-century church features a 12th-century fresco on the northern wall, and a marble effigy of TE Lawrence. If it's locked during normal shop hours, get the key from Joy's Outfitters in North St.