Touring from Bournemouth

Touring from Bournemouth

Touring from Bournemouth

Poole (also on the railway) is very close. On The Quay are the Maritime Museum, Lifeboat Museum and the Aquarium. There is also a Serpentarium with lizards, pythons and some scorpions. It is also home of the famous Poole Pottery, of course. Christchurch lies between the rivers Stour and Avon, both of which provide peaceful walks. Priory Church has an ornate Norman turret and is the longest parish church in England, at 312ft. The fishing is thought to be the very best in the south of England. Beaminster, with its thatched cottages and narrow streets, nestles in the hills of west Dorset. It has a good market cross. Bridport's Rope Museum is worth a visit. Dorchester, county town of Dorset where Judge Jeffreys dispensed his justice in the 'Bloody Assize'. The Old Shire Hall was the scene of the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. Thomas Hardy was born nearby at Higher Bockhampton and he, with the local architect, helped to restore St Peter's Church. The Romans, Normans, Puritans, Martyrs, farmers, brewers and soldiers have all left their mark on Dorchester. Gillingham, in the north of the county, is another market town which was once a royal manor. Lyme Regis has seen drama in its time. Drake and some local ships had a go at the Armada out in the bay, sieged by Royalists for two months, the Duke of Monmouth landed at the port when he raised his rebellion and, in more peaceful times, Jane Austen loved the place. It was one of the first seaside resorts in the south, predating Bournemouth by a long way. A fossilised ichthyosaurus was found in the cliffs (which have a habit of falling headlong into the sea in mighty landslips). Milton Abbas is one of those picturesque English villages with wide open cottage gardens, lots of thatch and an Abbey founded in the tenth century. Portland has a castle, a naval base, Portland Bill lighthouse and Pulpit Rock. Sherborne. Sir Walter Raleigh built Sherborne Castle and Aldhelm founded the Abbey in the eighth century. Visit Sherborne on your way to or from the Lullingstone Silk Farm and Worldwide Butterflies, or Purse Caundle Manor. Swanage has the Swanage steam-operated railway with its museum, railway vehicles, etc. West Lulworth and Lulworth Cove, where there is only limited access. A lovely spot with a fossil forest along the cliff. Weymouth, the end of the line from Waterloo and also served by trains from Bath and Bristol, is a sailing centre and a seaside resort of some standing. Good seafront, Sea Life Centre, some Tudor and Georgian houses and some say that the White Horse cut into the side of the hill is George III's. Wimborne Minster is a market town with the distinctive Minster at its heart, some Georgian and sixteenth-century buildings and a Priest's House Museum.


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