The Lulworth Area is popular for so many reasons, in addition to the excellent beaches and scenery there is also an abundance of fantastic activities suited to all ages.
With six large halls and an outdoor event arena for live demonstrations, this is the world’s biggest collection of tanks. From the first ever tank “Little Willie” all the way to today’s modern giants. There are eight different exhibitions all year, plus special events and you can even book a ‘Tank Experience Day’ and take control of a FV432 Armoured Personnel Carrier!
A 65 acre Ape and Monkey Sanctuary in the Dorset countryside made famous by its own TV series ‘Monkey Life’. There is plenty to see and do for all the family: talks from the keepers take place throughout the day or you can even book a personal guided tour. There are picnic areas and a large children’s adventure play area. You will need a day to make the most of this exciting attraction and you also have an opportunity to adopt one of the cuddly primates, which then gives you free access to the sanctuary for a year.
Run by the National Trust: This tiny isolated brick and tile cottage in the heart of Dorset was the peaceful retreat of T. E. Lawrence (‘Lawrence of Arabia’). The austere rooms are much as he left them and reflect his complex personality and close links with the Middle East, as detailed in the fascinating exhibition.
The story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ arrest, trial and punishment and how this lead to the birth of trade unionism. The museum sets out the Martyrs’ story in four stages: Before the arrest, The Oath and Betrayal, Transportation and The Homecoming. Discover how the Martyrs changed the face of social history through their beliefs and actions.
A village “frozen in time”, the village was evacuated in 1943 and the area used in preparation of the D Day. Unlike many villages that were requisitioned in World War 2, Tyneham was never handed back and in 1952 the whole valley was compulsory purchased for £30,000. Today this village ruin sits in a beautiful valley with a track leading to Worbarrow Bay. The village has two exhibitions: in the church and in the old school house displaying what village life was like. The ancient Hill Fort of Flowers Barrow is set high above and provides a magnificent back drop to a beautiful sunset. The gate at the top of the lane is locked at dusk.
A three acre Georgian/Victorian garden with streams, ponds and large lawn areas. There is a great cafe and small farm shop as well with easy access and ample parking.
A 17th Century Hunting Lodge and family home that was ravaged by fire in 1929. It has since been partially restored to its former glory. The Castle opened its doors to the public as a tourist attraction in 1998 and today visitors can enjoy exploring the Castle, climbing the Tower, visiting the C18th Roman Catholic Chapel of St Mary and the C15th Church of St Andrew. There are woodland walks and a children’s playground and spacious grounds to dog walk and picnic.
An area of the coast between Lulworth Cove and Kimmeridge Bay, used by the army for tank training. As a result the flora and fauna of the area remain relatively undisturbed by human influence, and thus the native butterfly species, birdlife and wildflowers thrive amongst this stretch of land. The public have access most weekends and school holidays for walking, please check opening times.
Lulworth Cove is a horse-shoe shaped cove near the village of West Lulworth, on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The cove is one of the world’s finest examples of such a landform. It is an iconic Dorset landmark and just over the hill is Durdle door the famous rock arch. There are boat trips available to view Durdle Door from the sea. Jurassic Coast Activities offer Sea Kayaking tours or Coasteering from the cove. Lulworth Cove is also the western gateway to the Lulworth Army Ranges.