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Places to visit while staying at Belview Cottage, Dorset

Town Bridge, Sturminster NewtonTown Bridge, Sturminster Newton

Sturminster Newton (about 3 miles)

Stur is a small market town situated in the heart of the Blackmore Vale. It has a working 17th Century Mill and the Town Museum.

There is a very fine medieval six-arched stone bridge over the River Stour at one end of the town. The author Thomas Hardy lived here for a couple of years around 1876 and wrote "The Return of the Native" whilst here. There is a trailway along the course of the old railway which starts in Station Road car park and is suitable for walkers and cyclists.

You can also find out more about Sturminster Newton on 

Sturminster Newton Heritage Trust has information about the Mill as well as the Museum

Sherborne Castle

Sherborne (about 12 miles)

Sherborne is a most attractive and historic town, with Sherborne Castle and the Abbey being well worth a visit.

Sherborne Town Website.

Dorchester (about 18 miles)

Dorchester is the county town of Dorset and has many interesting features and attractions, including the Dinosaur Museum, the Tutankhamun Exhibition, Shire Hall Historic Courthouse, Dorset Museum and the Teddy Bear Museum as well as its links with the author Thomas Hardy, who called it Casterbridge.  There's a large indoor and outdoor market on Wednesday mornings.

It's well worth a visit if you have a rainy day during your stay here - there's a wide range of places to eat and as well as the museums, there are two competitively priced cinemas, the modern Odeon and the traditional Plaza.

Discover Dorchester website

The Cobb Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis (about 37 miles)

Lyme Regis is an historic unspoiled seaside resort and fishing port on the world famous Cobb harbour. Surrounded by beautiful coastlines and countryside, the area has now been awarded World Heritage Site Status; famous for its geology and fossil finds.

Lyme Regis Website.

Weymouth (about 27 miles)

Weymouth is home to a safe clean sheltered family beach with three miles of level promenade, providing access to the beach, Town Centre, Harbour and Country Park. Also the location for sailing events in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

We Are Weymouth Website



Salisbury (about 31 miles)

Salisbury Cathedral has the tallest spire in Britain and dates from the 13th Century. Attractive town centre and shops.

Visit Wiltshire website.

Abbotsbury Swannery Dorset
Jurassic Coast Jurassic Coast
StonehengePhoto courtesy of Patrick Shelly (S & S Guided Tours)

Other places of interest, which can easily be visited in a day

Abbotsbury Swannery, Sub-Tropical Gardens and Children’s Farm

The Tank Museum

Athelhampton House and Gardens

Lulworth Cove

Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site

Chesil Beach

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Milton Abbey

StonehengePhoto courtesy of Patrick Shelly (S & S Guided Tours)

Stourhead National Trust Property

Kingston Lacy National Trust Property

Corfe Castle National Trust Property

Longleat Safari Park and House

Wimborne Minster Model Town

Swanage Steam Railway

Haynes International Motor Museum

Minterne House and Gardens

Castledown D-Day Centre and Museum, Portland

Tout Quarries Nature Reserve, Portland

Fleet Air Arm Museum


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