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Attractions in Dorset

Dorset has so much to do for children and adults alike. Greenwood Grange is fortunately placed to easily access many of them. Museums, historic houses, gardens, Thomas Hardy’s birthplace, Corfe Castle, sculptures… and more.

Award-winning family attraction providing entertainment for a whole day. Aimed at 0-8 year olds, there is cow milking, a splash zone, tractor trailer rides, and a straw mountain. A great attraction whatever the weather.

20 minutes from Greenwood Grange >

This award-winning attraction is set in a converted Victorian schoolhouse, just 7 miles from the Jurassic Coast. See dinosaur skeletons, walk among life-size reconstructions and learn through interactive displays.

10 minutes from Greenwood Grange >

England’s unique Teddy Bear Museum is a fun family museum that will charm and delight teddy bear lovers of all ages. Over 100 years of teddy bears are displayed. It’s an enchanting treat not to be missed!

10 minutes from Greenwood Grange >

A unique collection of over 300 vehicles and considered to be the best in the world. Exhibitions based on World War One, right up to the present day. Varied programme of experiences and events.

20 minutes from Greenwood Grange >

The 65-acre park is for rescued and endangered primates from around the world. Some are now part of international breeding programmes for endangered species including Europe’s official orang-utan crèche! Based in Wareham, it’s a fascinating day out for all the family. Daily keepers’ talks provide a captivating insight into life at the park and its inhabitants.

20 minutes from Greenwood Grange. >

Right on our door step in Thorncombe Woods. See where Hardy was born. Stunning woodlands. Look out for deer at dawn and dusk. Bird watchers can get some great sightings of Buzzards. NT visitor centre and café.

10 minute walk from Greenwood Grange >

A real ‘must see’. Home of the famous medieval castle built by William The Conqueror. Lovely views over the village and out to Poole Harbour. Free admission to the castle for NT Members.

40 minutes from Greenwood Grange >

Vice Admiral Hardy not Thomas Hardy! Great dog walking area – please keep dogs on lead due to grazing livestock. Climb up the tower to see the glorious views. Mobile Café in main holiday season.

20 minutes from Greenwood Grange >

A beautiful manor house built in 1485 and surrounded by tranquil gardens and river walks. Coach House Restaurant on site, as well as a shop within the visitor centre. Check website for opening times.

8 minutes from Greenwood Grange. >

Beautiful setting overlooking Poole Harbour. Constructed in 1920. Wooded valley, Japanese garden, Italian garden, rock and water garden. On site gift shop, plant centre, café and tea rooms.

50 minutes from Greenwood Grange. >

1 hour away but well worth the trip according to some of our guests. Range of events and attractions. The film Far From the Madding Crowd (based on the book written by Thomas Hardy) was filmed here during 2013.

1 hour from Greenwood Grange >

Famous exotic gardens. Rare plants thrive in the mild climate. Lovely on site colonial restaurant. Abbotsbury Children’s Farm is a short drive away, open every day from 18th March to 10th September.

25 minutes from Greenwood Grange. >

Nestled in the countryside, this is an oasis for art lovers and collectors alike, created by renowned sculptor Simon Gudgeon. Free from the constraints of enclosed spaces of a traditional gallery.

15 minutes from Greenwood Grange >

Poole’s Centre for the Arts, with symphonic concert hall, cinema and galleries. Events and live performances throughout the year in theatre, dance, music, contemporary circus and film.

30 minutes from Greenwood Grange >

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