Set amongst the woodland of Dorset lays
65 acres of sanctuary for over 150 primates.
Monkey World was set up in 1987 by Jim
and Alison Cronin to provide abused Spanish
beach chimps with a permanent, stable
home. Today Monkey World works in conjunction
with foreign governments from all over
the world to stop the illegal smuggling
of apes out of Africa and Asia. At the
park visitors can see more than 150 primates
of 15 different species.
The Tank Museum hold the world's most
comprehensive and important collection
of armoured fighting vehicles, ranging
from the first tank ever built to the
modern Challenger II. The collection includes
many World War I tanks and a wide selection
of captured World War II German armour.
The museum is open daily, except Christmas.
Durdle Door in Dorset with its massive
rock arch, set right on the Jurassic Coast
between Swanage and Weymouth, is absolutely
beautiful. There is a sloping beach for
bathing or snorkeling from, caves and
exciting rock strata.Durdle Door is one
of Dorset's most recognisable features.
On a clear day you can see along the Jurassic
Coast westwards towards Portland and eastwards
towards Man of War Bay and Lulworth.
Lulworth is most famous for its Cove,
a natural horseshoe-shaped harbour. Nearby,
the Lulworth Estate also has much to offer.
Whether you're here for a day, a week
or longer, there are attractions to visit,
places to stay, stunning walks on the
coast and in the countryside, hospitality
(private & corporate) and an annual
programme of events.Lulworth Cove with
its thatched cottages, fishing boats,
lobster pots, wild flowers, quaint little
gift shops and tea rooms - the charm of
the place is timeless and you will want
to return over and again.
The award-winning Swanage Railway currently
operates on the six miles of track between
Swanage and Norden, through the beautiful
Isle of Purbeck, passing the magnificent
ruins of Corfe Castle.
Corfe, both as a village and a castle,
is located on the A351 halfway between
Wareham and Swanage, on the Isle of Purbeck
in Dorset. Situated in the heart of the
"Isle of Purbeck", Corfe village
and the surrounding area boast a wealth
of things to see, to do and to enjoy,
which encourage many visitors to return
year upon year. With so much to see, so
many places to visit & stay, extraordinary
shopping experiences and an abundance
of places to eat & drink.
The Dorset and East Devon Coast World
Heritage Site is England's first natural
World Heritage Site - it is known as The
Jurassic Coast. It covers 95 miles of
truly stunning coastline from East Devon
to Dorset, with rocks recording 185 million
years of the Earth's history.
Lulworth castle, built in the early 17th
Century as a hunting lodge, became a country
house at the heart of a large estate.
Thomas Howard, 3rd Lord Bindon, built
the Castle in order to entertain hunting
parties for the King and Court. The Howards
owned it until 1641 when it was purchased
by Humphrey Weld, the direct ancestor
of the present owners.
Chesil Beach is a shingle barrier ridge
at the eastern end of Lyme Bay, extending
18 miles from Burton Bradstock to Fortuneswell
on Portland. As far as Abbotsbury it is
attached to the land, but beyond that
the lagoon of The Fleet separates it from
land, until it runs head-on into Portland.
One can walk on the beach at Burton Bradstock,
where there is a visitor centre, and get
fine views from the coast road, the B3157,
on the heights of White Hill just west
of Abbotsbury, where there is a lay-by.
Hills and Walks
The Purbeck Hills and South Dorset Downs
are a ridge of chalk downs in Dorset,
England. The hills extend from the Dorset
Downs west of Dorchester, where the River
Frome begins to form a valley dividing
them from the larger area of downland
to the north. The ridge then runs east
through the Isle of Purbeck to Old Harry
Rocks where it meets the sea. There are
a number of Iron Age, Roman and Saxon
archaeological sites, such as Nine Barrow
Close to the ancient town of Wareham
in the English county of Dorset is a visitor
attraction that is not quite like any
other. Only a short distance on the main
A351 between Wareham and Corfe Castle,
it is wholly English, but at times it
could be Canadian, at others Norwegian.
Poole Harbour is the second largest natural
harbour in the world, with the towns of
Poole and Wareham on its shores. The harbour
is a drowned valley formed at the end
of the last ice age and is the estuary
of several rivers, the largest being the
Frome. The harbour has a long history
of human settlement stretching to pre-Roman
times. The harbour is extremely shallow
(average depth: 48cm), which makes it
an ideal site for water sports.