Things to do
Dorchester is Dorset ’s county town, and
is ideally situated for exploring Dorset ’s Heritage Coast
and the beautiful countryside. Dorchester has many links with history,
ranging from the iron age through to more modern history as can
be seen in the Dorset
County Museum. The museum often puts on special events during
the holidays. Dorchester was also the home town of Thomas Hardy,
and his homes ‘Max
Gate’ and Hardy's Cottage are open to the public. There
are many other attractions including the Tutankhamen
Castle (ancient iron age hillfort), The
Military Museum. The Teddy Bear Museum is a must for Teddy lovers!
Brewery Square is the development of the old Eldridge Pope Brewery,
and is now the site of some of the well known restaurants including
Zizzi, Carluccio's and Wagamama's. There is also Vivo Lounge and
a new pub, The Brewhouse and Kitchen which brews it's own and supplies
some of the more unusual beers etc. There are a small selection
of shops which face onto the dancing fountains. Great for cooling
off on a hot day or evening! Shopping in Dorchester is varied, with
many individual shops both in the main shopping street and in the
arcades and walkways. Our Town Crier can be seen (and heard!) about
town, and along with other guides, offers a range of walking tours.
You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out. Within
walking distance, as well as the chains mentioned in Brewery Square,
are a variety of good independant restaurants and cosy pubs and
homely tea rooms to choose from. We try and sample as many restaurants
as we can -obviously all in the name of research for our guests!-
and we will happily recommend our favourites.
There are many other family attractions to visit in the area.
Click on the links below for ideas.
Once you are here, you could park the car and not have to get in
it again until you go home, as Bramlies is within 2 minutes walk
from the bus stop for the No 31 bus route which links you to from
Weymouth through to Axminster. From Weymouth You can catch the X51
which is the bus that takes you from Weymouth all along the Jurassic
coast to Lyme Regis. You are able to hop on and off at the pretty
villages along the way. We also have two railway stations within
walking distance. Dorchester South and Dorchester West.
Monkey World (as seen on TV) and Bovington
Tank Museum are about 20 minutes drive away.
Weymouth is our closest seaside town, situated
only 8 miles away. With its beautiful sandy bay and safe bathing
for children it is an ideal place to spend a sunny day. You will
also find The Sealife Centre and other family attractions if the
weather isn't at its best!
However, if you prefer something quieter then we’ll let
you into the secret of our favourite beach when you arrive!
Villages like Cerne Abbas, with the famous Giant
carved into the hill and its Abbey, pubs and coffee shops and Milton
Abbas with its Abbey and school are among the many pretty
places to visit in and around Dorset.
If you like walking you will be spoilt for choice,
being close to both coastal and countryside walks.
For those of you who would like to explore Dorset by bicycle we
can arrange for you to hire cycles from a local
fully insured cycle hire company. The cycles will be delivered to
and collected from Bramlies. They can also arrange bespoke guided
tours by a qualified Mountain Ranger to suit all ages and abilities.
courses on the Dorset coast
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