Be Dumbstruck by Dorset

In Dorset you can travel through millions of years in just one day.  Start off on the Jurassic Coast then move forward a few million years to Neolithic times and visit Maumbury Rings and the nearby Maiden Castle, the largest Iron Age hill fort in Europe.  Travel forward a century or so to Dorchester where you can see the remains of a fine Roman Villa complete with a hypocaust and marvellous mosaics.  Then you can skip forward to the 1600's for Judge Jefferies and his ‘Bloody Assizes’, a dark moment in the history of the town. Hear about the Tolpuddle Martyrs - 6 men sentenced in the County Hall to transportation for forming an agricultural workers union in the 1800's.  Wander round the weekly market or pop into one of the many museums including the County Museum, the Dinosaur Museum, Tutenkhamun Museum and don't miss Dorchester Teddy Bear Museum (not all in one place). 

There are coastal walks, and ruins, there are picturesque villages and churches.  To get some idea of what this beautiful region offers look at Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove Wareham, Shaftsbury, Sherborne Abbey and Wimborne Minster.

Dorset has its share of stately homes and I could show you Athelhampton, Kingstone Lacy Estate, Mapperton.  For gardens there is Minterne which is famous for its show of Azaleas and Rhododendrons, or you could visit the tropical gardens of Abbotsbury with its own micro climate

Themed Tour: Cranborne Chase and a private archaeological museum, Jane Austin Lyme Regis and  Sidmouth, Thomas Hardy's Dorset.