A holiday in County Dorset UK offers opportunities to experience everything from unbelievable geology formations, a visit to the boyhood home of author, Thomas Hardy, the chance to wander through small hamlets, historic castles to beautiful beaches.
Walking tours are available for guests move at their own pace. Trails wind through woodlands, villages and wildlife habitats with different stopping places each evening. Personal luggage is delivered between stopping points.. There are 3 different walking tours depending on how strenuous or gentle you desire your hiking experience to be.
The Jurassic Coast was designated in 2001 as a World Heritage Site. Here travelers can view fossils and formations such as Durdle Door, a natural limestone formation stretching from the one foot of the arch on the beach to other foot of the arch disappearing into the sea. There is also a limestone island nearby.
If you want to experience castle life there is the unique Corfe Castle Model Village which opened in 1966 to give visitors the experience of life around 1646. There’s a replica of St. Edward’s Church complete with organ music and a 20 foot Kings Tower. It is possible to pause for tea and crumpets on the castle grounds. For a real castle, a visit to Sherborne Castle is a must. This castle dating back to the 1594 home of Sir Walter Raleigh has continued to be a private family home since 1617. Through the years the castle has been host to royalty such as Prince William of Orange and King George III. The castle boasts a 50 acre lake which is frequently visited by swans, geese, ducks and other waterfowl. Many trees on the grounds offer sanctuary to warblers, swallows and martins.
Despite all the castles, fossils and quaint villages, Dorset is home to a very special theme park. Adventure Wonderland is based on the Alice in Wonderland tales and offers rides such as Turbo Teacups and The Runaway Train. Visitors to the park may be meet Alice, The White Rabbit, The Mad Hatter or The Queen of Hearts as they make their way around the park.