Corfe Castle is one of Britain’s most romantic historic ruins with breathtaking views across the surrounding Dorset countryside. Explore the castle’s haunting remains and discover tales of treachery over the centuries in the interactive exhibition, followed by an invigorating walk across Corfe Common. Plenty of family fun days and regular living history re-enactments.
Built in the early 17th Century as a hunting lodge, Lulworth Castle was an impressive country house before it was gutted by fire in 1929. Its ruined remains have been restored by English Heritage and visitors can now explore the Castle and enjoy walking in the beautiful surrounding parkland.
Only a short drive away from The Springfield Hotel is one of Dorset’s most famous natural landmarks, Lulworth Cove. This tiny traditional Purbeck fishing village features a horseshoe-shaped cove that is one of the world’s finest landform examples. It’s a wonderful place for a day on the beach or as a starting point for a walk to Durdle Door, an iconic geological limestone arch. Alternatively go in the opposite direction and follow the fossil trail.
Studland Beach is a glorious four-mile stretch of golden sandy beach that runs from the Chain Ferry to Old Harry Rocks. It’s perfect for water sports and is popular all year round for walking and horse riding, with trails through the sand dunes and heathland.
The Tank Museum, Bovington
The world’s best collection of tanks is housed in six large halls at The Tank Museum in Bovington, near Wool, and offers a fascinating look at armoured warfare from World War One to the present day. Here you can explore the trenches, find out what life was like for a tank crewman and be wowed by the museum’s Tank Action displays.
Whether you love wildlife or just want to escape the stress of modern life, then jump on a ferry to Brownsea Island, in Poole Harbour. Search the woodland for the island’s famous red squirrels or explore the heathland and sea shore, which are teeming with wild birds.