Take a drive over to Sandbanks via the Sandbanks chain ferry and visit Swanage with its Historic Railway and family friendly Durlston county park. Stop off at Corfe Castle on the way back – a picturesque Dorset village and castle ruin. Look out for re-enactments. Also has a model village to wander around! Drive back through Wareham and Poole. A great tour of the Isle of Purbeck.
The Tank Museum – Bovington (near Wareham)
Beaulieu Motor Museum and Abbey – Cars and history all rolled into one, pretty village as well
Bucklers hard – Picturesque New Forest village and museum, some of Nelsons’ fleet were built here, on the banks of the river Beaulieu
Paultons Park – Family theme park
Marwell Zoo – a zoological park within an hours drive
Longleat House & Safari Park – World famous safari park
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Visit the Victory, the Mary Rose and Warrior, also home to the Royal Navy Museum
Explosion – The Naval Firepower Museum in Gosport, near Portsmouth
Visit Dorchester & surrounding area – Dorset’s county town. Museums in town and Maiden Castle close by. Visit Thomas Hardy’s Birthplace (Hardys Cottage) and Clouds Hill – the rural retreat of T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)
Walks/Villages/Picnics/Ponies in the New Forest
Visit Wimborne – Historic market town (and another model village)
Country Walks in Dorset – around the historic coast or inland, from pub to pub! Visit beautiful villages set in beautiful countryside.
Go motor racing! Want to drive a Porsche, Lamborghini, Ferrari or Aston Martin? You’ll need to book – but an experience not to be forgotten. About an hour’s drive away. (In a normal family saloon)
We’ll expand this area in weeks and months to come, but you can visit the The Mercure Bournemouth safe in the knowledge that there is never a dull moment in Bournemouth. You can find out more from our local tourist board official web site – take a look at www.bournemouth.co.uk
Please note: Some attractions need booking in advance. Contact the operator to avoid disappointment. The The Mercure Bournemouth has no connection with any operator and information is provided in good faith.