Dorset is probably not the most well known place in the UK when it comes to holiday destinations, but thankfully it is a hidden gem that quite a few people are frequenting each year. This is no coincidence, so read on to find out some good ways to spend time with your family in a Dorset holiday cottage and see what Dorset is all about.
The Tank Museum
Previously known as The Bovington Tank Museum, this is a collection of tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles in Dorset. It is situated close to Poole and shows a running history of the tank with close to 300 vehicles on display from over 26 countries. This collection actually forms the largest collection of tanks in the world and even includes a British Mark 1 tank from the First World War, which is unique because it is the oldest surviving combat tank. The tank museum is a great place to go and soak up some history.
This is a beautiful sand beach in Weymouth Bay, directly next to the town of Weymouth. The beach is very popular for bathing and was even visited by King George III during times of sickness. His visits here probably started the trend for this place to act as something of a resort that it is known for today. The beach itself is wide, with a gentle arc, as well as perfect yellow sand and gentle shallow waters. This is the ultimate relaxation beach and is very family friendly.
This is a shingle or pebble beach and one of the three major beaches of this type in Britain and form part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The beach is about 29 kilometres long and about 200 metres wide, and it has a small cove (Chesil Cove) that actually protects the village from flooding. This place is a stunning sight to the eye and the village provides an ideal location to relax by the seaside.
The Monkey World Ape Rescue centre is a sanctuary for monkeys and apes that is located near the village of Wool. The 26 hectare sanctuary is home to over 250 different apes and monkeys, the most interesting of these currently are the 5 different types of gibbon and also the Sumatran and Bornean Orangutans.