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Brownsea Island is the largest of the islands in Poole Harbour in the county of Dorset, England. The island is owned by the National Trust. Hiking, picnics & wildlife viewing, especially of red squirrels, are popular at this historic spot.
Getting there? Use the Sandbank ferry (10-minute journey).
Corfe Castle is a village and civil parish in the English county of Dorset. It is the site of a ruined castle of the same name. The village and castle stand over a gap in the Purbeck Hills on the route between Wareham and Swanage.
Getting there? 20 miles away (45-minute drive).
A glorious slice of natural coastline in Purbeck featuring a four-mile stretch of golden, sandy beach and views of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight.
Getting there? Use the Sandbank ferry or if travelling by car, use the following postcodes: Poole/Bournemouth: BH13 7QN / Studland side: BH19 3BA
Poole’s vibrant Quayside is the gateway to its stunning harbour and islands. Enjoy a harbour cruise or a trip to National Trust Brownsea Island, get hands on with a crab line and bucket, or just simply sit back and relax in one of the many waterfront café bars and restaurants. Here you can enjoy viewing the impressive selection of tall ships, fishing vessels and luxury yachts as they enter and leave the busy harbour.
Lulworth Cove in Dorset is a quaint village with many picturesque and traditional cottages. A large car park serves the bustling lane which leads down to the oyster-shaped cove and is lined with shops and restaurants, while the cove itself is largely shingle with a few patches of golden sand.
Durdle Door is one of Dorset’s most photographed and iconic landmarks. It is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
Hengistbury Head is a great place to bring the whole family. Take the land train for gentle and easy access to Mudeford Sand spit, then enjoy the view with a cup of tea and a slice of cake, or something more substantial in one of the cafes.
If adventure is more your thing, you could take a course with the Outdoor Education Centre or enjoy the spectacular views, earned with a little effort, from the top of Warren Hill.
With seven glorious miles of idyllic coastline you’re sure to find a number of surprising things to do in this bustling town as you and your family create epic memories you’ll treasure forever.
It’s little wonder our visitors return year after year for great times enjoying a plethora of creative events we host every year. Discover what’s on across our beautiful resort all year round: from a quintessential day at the seaside with the family, to watersports and zip-wiring from the historic pier, to mesmerising museums for that bit of culture – there is something for everyone at Bournemouth.