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Attractions

The Poole, Swanage and Bournemouth area is full of attractions that appeal to tourists and locals alike. Whatever interests you, you will find something to suit your taste in Dorset.

As well as Bournemouth’s beautiful beaches there are plenty of other things to see and do in the town itself as well as in the surrounding area. The Bournemouth International Centre is a premier conference, performance and exhibition venue with space for up to 10,000 visitors. Hosting all the biggest names in entertainment from Katy Perry to Bob Dylan the BIC even features an ice rink over the winter months. For exhilarating thrills try the activities on offer at the RockReef Activity Centre where you can try your hand at the zipwire, climbing wall or even an aerial obstacle course. Enjoy a cultural experience at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum where you can appreciate exhibits from around the world as well as the best of British artworks.

Poole is home to the exciting Splashdown leisure complex offering fun for all the family on its water flumes and rides or for another great family day out Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park is perfect for the under 8s. Get up close to a whole host of animals, help with the feeding and milking or take a tractor ride. Take a woodland stroll in Upton Country Park or find out more about the history of the area at the Poole Museum. Visit Sandbanks, location of some of the most expensive properties in the country or take a day trip to Brownsea Island where you can relax, explore and enjoy the local wildlife.

Swanage is perhaps most famous for its steam railway with its authentic engines and scenic rides. It is also just a short distance from Corfe Castle’s spectacular ruins where you can spend the day steeped in history or visit the model village which recreates the area as it looked in the 17th century. The Durlston Park Nature Reserve is the perfect place to unwind and get away from it all. The gateway to the Jurassic Coast, Durlston enjoys spectacular views and scenic walking trails.

There are a plethora of fascinating attractions in the surrounding area also. For those who are interested in military attractions the Bovington Tank Museum is a fun filled day out where you can get hands on with tanks dating back to their earliest incarnations up to the modern day. The Fleet Air Arm Museum is also only a drive away and offers opportunities to see a whole host of aircraft, see inside a Concorde and experience life on board an aircraft carrier. For animal adventures, visit the apes at Monkey World or
Weymouth’s Sea Life Centre or if you prefer historical attractions Lulworth Castle and Park are only a short distance away. The natural splendour of the Jurassic Coastline offers many walking opportunities as well as gorgeous beaches ideal for sunbathing, strolling or just relaxing.