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Hidden Gems of Dorset

Date: 15th August 2016
Author: Sarah Twist
Publisher: Darwin Escapes
Park: Swanage Bay View Holiday Home Park
Local Area
Dorset is home to some of the UK’s most beautiful and historic beaches, so what are the hidden gems in the beautiful region?


Our own Swanage Bay View Holiday Home Park has unrivaled views of the breathtaking scenery along the Jurassic Coast, the seaside town is steeped in history, has plenty of wildlife and outstanding natural beauty to offer. Let’s see what’s on our list of hidden gems…

Lulworth Castle & Park

Lulworth Castle & Park

Nestled in the heart of privately owned Lulworth Estate, this 17th Century Marvel stands in all its beauty. The current owners have had the Estate and Castle in the family since 1641, so 375 years, in which the exterior of the castle has hardly changed at all. With stunning views of the Jurassic Coast and under rated Dorset countryside, the surrounding grounds offer a magical and ancient woodland, family fun lawn games (giant Jenga!) and an activity room for the kids inside for the wetter days.

Mapperton House & Gardens

Mapperton House & Gardens

This stunning Tudor Manor house was re-modelled in 1660 and has remained unchanged since, with a charming café on the grounds to enjoy a spot of tea and cake while you survey the beautiful three tiered gardens. Including a lovely little croquet lawn, grottoes, ornamental birds and animals, water fountain, fish ponds and magical wild gardens, all ready for you to explore! The beautiful gardens have even featured in a few movies, including Jane Austin’s novel adaption Emma (1995), starring Gwyneth Paltrow.

The Globe Inn

The Globe Inn

A wonderful traditional local pub, with a warm and friendly atmosphere, even to the furbabies of your family, as dogs are welcomed with open arms too! The Globe Inn has a novel arrangement with talented Chef Ash, he rents the kitchen out to cater to customers on Thursday and Friday evenings, as well as weekends. Make sure to book a table in advance, Ash’s food is a hit with locals and tourists alike, you can have a drink and some grub while watching sports on TV or playing a game of pool.

Swanage Museum & Heritage Centre

Swanage Museum & Heritage Centre

The Museum is a registered charity, as well as being spread over the town, telling Swanage’s interesting history and the important place it holds in British Jurassic fossils history. The local studies centre is located on the beautiful Swanage Pier, and the purpose built showroom near the Prince Albert gardens is a great place to visit too. The aim is to be a community museum that encourages community involvement, with a programme of events, walks and speakers throughout the year all about the history of one of the most beautiful regions in the UK.

Happy Adventuring Ladies and Gents!

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Photo Credits: David Allen, Mike Searle, Marufish, Chris Downer, Mike Smith, Nicholas Mutton, Safron Blaize, Jim Champion

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