Maiden Castle, Dorset
Things to do in Dorset

Historic Sites & Museums


Eggardon Hill Fort

Eggardon Hill Fort is an iron age hill fort and downland with views across the Marshwood Vale to the coast. The hill fort itself is about 2,500 years old and is a great place for walking, flying kites or simply taking in the extensive views of the surrounding countryside and the English Channel in the distance.


Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum

Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum is a modern, informative, and educational exhibition, using interactive touch screen displays telling the story in text and images. Visitors can discover for themselves how the Tolpuddle Martyrs changed the face of social history and, through their beliefs and actions, made such an impact on society. 01305 848 237.


Beaulieu Motor Museum

With over 250 vehicles the National Motor Museum tells the story of motoring on our roads and racetracks. Re-live memorable challenges in World of Top Gear – and see exclusive behind-the scenes footage featuring the stars of the show. Ride the Monorail for sweeping views of the park, and uncover the covert role played by Beaulieu during World War Two in the Secret Army Exhibition.

Corfe Castle, Dorset

Corfe Castle

The dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle stand on a natural hill guarding the principal route through the Purbeck Hills. It may have been a defensive site even in Roman times and Corfe Castle certainly has had a colourful history. Enjoy one of Britain’s most iconic and evocative survivors of the English Civil War, partially demolished in 1646 by the Parliamentarians.


The Dinosaur Museum

The Dinosaur Museum provides a fun, interactive and exciting environment in which children, families and adults can discover more about dinosaurs and their fascinating prehistoric world. The museum has consistently enthralled and entertained children with its mix of fossils, skeletons, life-size dinosaur reconstructions combined with hands on and multimedia displays.


The Teddy Bear Museum

The Teddy Bear Museum is Dorchester’s unmissable family museum, with Edward Bear and his family of people-sized bears, in Teddy Bear House. One of the best varied selection of Teddy Bears and collectors soft toys in the South. A visit to the Teddy Bears’ home is a delight for visitors of all ages. Join the bears as they relax around their home. Open 7 days a week. April to September 10am to 5pm. October to March 10am to 4pm.