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Smugglers Cottage is a 3 bedroom self catering holiday accommodation that sleeps 6 and is located in Verwood, South West England. This property does not allow pets. Prices range from £341 to £690 per week. Local to Alderholt, Cranborne, Edmondsham, Sandleheath, Wimborne Saint Giles
Dating back to the 1760s, these three charming holiday cottages occupy a courtyard setting. Filled with character, they command views over the owners’ surrounding 3-acre grounds, and are set at the edge of the large village of Verwood. Whilst Eastworth Stable forms single-storey accommodation and Heathpoult is set out over two floors, Smuggler’s Cottage boasts a galleried second floor bedroom – each of these highly individual cottages are presented to a high standard. All three of the properties offered here benefit from a small garden of their own. There are many excellent walks through the Dorset countryside, and riding is available in Verwood. New Forest, lake fishing at Edmondsham and water sports at the Ringwood Lake all easily accessible. Seaside Bournemouth 15 miles. Various shops, local taverns and a 9- and 18-hole golf course locally. Shops ¼ mile.
Large living room with wood-burning stove in inglenook fireplace and rugs on wooden floor. Farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with slate floor. Separate toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Single bedroom with pull-out bed (for +1), ornamental fireplace and stairs to galleried second floor twin bedroom with sloping ceiling. Beamed throughout.
Sourcing produce from top of the range suppliers is very important here. The food is traditional English with a dash of international, classic favourites — they will, if they can, even create something which isn't on the menu to meet any special needs.
Ciao caters for all party sizes, and offers diners a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere to enjoy one of their speciality dishes. Whether it's sea bass, steak, mussels, chicken, pasta or pizza, there's something for everyone.
Coriander has built a reputation as a good place to party — its great vibrant atmosphere is ideal for celebrating birthdays. There are menus to suit everyone with many vegetarian dishes as well as plenty of traditional Mexican dishes.
Da Vinci's sits on the waterfront with stunning views over the Poole Harbour. Main courses draw heavily on the best fresh ingredients and the fish is displayed daily on the fish counter.
Treat yourself to a truly memorable culinary experience at one of the city's newest and largest restaurants, serving authentic and original Indian Cuisine in a modern setting.
If your taste runs to fine cuisine served in comfortable and friendly surroundings, the Corner Restaurant will surely whet your appetite. They have four seasonal menus and a daily specials board which includes freshly caught fish.
This bistro and wine bar offers a wide range of dishes, with vegetarian options. There's a daily specials board and a fish bar with freshly caught fish.
Michelin listed and awarded 3 AA rosettes, this restaurant artfully combines excellent food prepared with carefully sourced top quality ingredients, many of them from the local area, with a great wine list, good service and a relaxed atmosphere.
Traditional country pub with original stone floors and real open fires as well as quality food for you to sample.
Loch Fyne — the home of the seafood restaurant with over 46 restaurants in the UK. Each place is very different but you are still assured of the same warm welcome and superb food.
Tucked away on Wharf Hill, The Black Boy is still faithful to its origins as a traditional local pub. They offer a good selection of home cooked favourites.
Built well over 50 years ago, the superb 1/10th scale models continue to surprise and amaze visitors with their quality and realism. The historic market town of Wimbourne Minster has been recreated, exactly as it was during the 1950s.
Adventure Wonderland is an all inclusive park that combines timeless fun and games of the Alice in Wonderland story with the thrilling outdoor adventure rides of the main park and the undercover Lost Aztec World of Wild Thing.
The Lollipops Play Cafe is one of the most family friendly attractions you will find in Bournemouth. The facility includes a soft play area so children can romp in a completely safe environment. Weekly classes are also offered and range from baby sensory experiences to baby ballet, music sessions and performances.
Explore the world and see the many underwater species from the Amazon, the Mediterranean, Africa, the Ganges and the Florida Keys. There's even an underwater dive cage which submerges visitors in a 270 degree continuous view of the ocean.
Gus Gorilla's jungle playground has three exciting levels to explore: there's the spiral slide, a drop slide, tube slides, a ball pool, a ball cannon you can fire and a ball juggler to keep children entertained.
Once in the farm park Straw Mountain greets you with slides and tunnels. The undercover facilities in the play barn include pedal tractors, a bouncy castle and ball pits. You can also take part in the timetable of bottle feeding the baby lambs and goats.
Big rides, little rides, massive play areas and beautiful gardens — this is a theme park for all the family. Over 50 different rides and attractions including the awesome Cobra family rollercoaster.
The Blue Pool at Furzebrook was once a claypit which accounts for a rare phenomenon that has attracted visitors from across the world since it opened in 1935. Minuscule, light diffracting particles of clay retained in the water cause it to change colour.
The gallery contains a large number of original pictures as well as collectible limited edition prints from the country's leading artists. It also stocks a collection of glassware, ceramics and jewellery.
Amidst the woodland of Dorset lie 65 acres of sanctuary for over 160 primates. Monkey World works in conjunction with foreign governments from all over the world to stop illegal smuggling of apes out of Africa and Asia.
With 30 acres of fun, Putlakeis home to many animals including barn owls, guinea pigs, ferrets, pigs, alpacas, ponies and a shire horse. Outside there are bouncy castles, trampolines, pedal tractors, and the opportunity to bottle feed lambs and goats.
The Dinosaur Museum is Britain's only museum solely devoted to dinosaurs and their fascinating world. Fossils, skeletons and life size dinosaur reconstructions combine with audio-visuals to bring the dinosaurs to life.
Separated by the River Medina and linked by a chain ferry, the Isle of Wight's most northerly towns of Cowes and East Cowes are steeped in maritime history.
Discover some of the world's most magnificent animals in this first safari park created outside Africa. Continue your adventure aboard the Safari boats for a sea lion escorted cruise. (Dogs are welcome in the grounds, but not at the attractions themselves)
Local theatre offering professional and amateur shows as well as movies — check the website for forthcoming events.
One of the Island's leading tourist attractions, Butterfly world was opened in 1983 and was then only the 5th butterfly house in the world. In 1989 Fountain World was added to provide customers with a longer and more interesting visit.
This beach has a children's play area and a paddling pool, which make it a popular choice with families. There are also lots of water activities to keep everyone entertained such as sailing, windsurfing and canoeing.
A lovely rolling beach with great sands for sunbathing. Play some football or get an ice cream and have fun in the arcades.
This is a beautiful beach of gravel and sand, framed by impressive cliffs, which are the highest on the south coast and give a wonderful view over the beach and sea.
Bournemouth Beach offers a stunning view complete with pale sand and glistening waves. Enjoy a picnic along the sea or go sunbathing, swimming or strolling. No matter what you do, you will get plenty of fresh air and relaxation as you take in this lovely stretch of water. Surf schools are also available.
Spend some time at Christchurch Harbour on this lovely sandy beach near Hengistbury Head. A truly tranquil area to relax and take in the spectacular views. Keep an eye out for local wildlife in this conservation area.
A great beach for kids, that is safe to swim at and has loads of watersports on offer. Additionally, there is a lost children's patrol during peak times.
This is a popular local beach, which is one of the quieter beaches in Poole. With clean, safe water it is ideal for swimming and water activities. It has Blue Flag status and is recommended in the Good Beach Guide.
This is an ideal beach for families and has plenty of soft sand for building sand castles. There are often sand bars out to sea which are good to play on and the sea is safe for swimming. Canoes are available for hire if you're feeling active.
A charming little beach with exceptional views of the Solent. This unspoilt area is popular with both locals and tourists alike and there is a great walk along the prom to Totland Bay. If you don't fancy a walk, why not try your hand at some water sports?
Why not visit one of Dorset's most famous landmarks and enjoy a day at the beach? Although a popular beach, it tends to be quieter than some of Dorset's other stretches of coastline. Enjoy a swim in the sea, or go for a stroll along the front.
Located West of Cowes, this charming resort is fairly small and lovely to visit. Gently shelved and consisting of a mix between sand and shingle. This is a great place to swim with the family or to try some windsurfing!
Award winning Cowes beach is situated to the west of Cowes town centre and is easily accessible by car, foot or local transport. The location is ideal for swimming or just sitting and watching all the activities going on around you.
Starting at Ashcombe on the Dorset/Wiltshire border, the Dorset section of this 63 mile route meanders across chalk downland and river valleys, and over ancient hill forts.
Stretching over 630 miles, the full walk is not for the faint-hearted, although of course it couldn't be easier to undertake just a small section of it and still enjoy some of the finest views in the country.
A great circular route around the lovely Dorset countryside. On mainly tranquil, country lanes it is a fairly easy route.
Running along the old Somerset and Dorset Railway line, these disused tracks journey through pretty little villages found throughout the Blackmore vale.
A circular route beginning and ending at the Iron Age Hill. Ride through the pretty villages and up through the Broughton Downs, admiring the beautiful landscape.
A great route of about 30 miles between Dorchester and Lyme Regis. Dleve into the heart of the countryside and maybe divert off to see West Dorset's World Heritage coastline .
Part of the old Dorchester to Southhampton railway line closed in 1964 by Dr. Beeching. Pass through the beautiful areas of Avon Heath and Upton Country Park. It is a fairly gentle route over about 16 miles of stunning countryside.
This route takes you towards the ancient hill fort of Maiden Castle. Your climb past Hardy's Monument will be rewarded with spectacular views over Weymouth Bay, Portland and Chesil Beach.
The route creates a figure of eight along gently undulating rural roads. Ride passed Yafford and its lovely watermill and then why not stop for a pub lunch in Chale?
Ride through delightful scenery and past Bronze Age burial mounds in a full circle back to Brighstone Church. At 10 miles it is likely to take up to 2 hours to complete, plus stops for a couple of photo opps!
A gentle ride exploring the Newport?Sandown cycleway down little, winding country lanes in gorgeous settings. It will take about 2 hours to complete covering about 10 miles.
This is the only scuba diving centre in the area with its own on-site indoor scuba diving pool which have full multimedia facilities. You can perfect your technique before heading into the sea.
The Bournemouth surf school offers lessons for everyone, from beginners to the experienced. You will be given tuition from an expert, and they even offer surfing trips.
Located in Christchurch Bay with fully qualified, friendly staff, Ocean Sports offers a range of courses, catering for the beginner to advanced levels in a range of sports including windsurfing, power kiting, power boating and children's sports.
The club is open 7 days a week for trial flights over the countryside which can count towards your full pilot licence. Flying in a 2 or 4 seat light aircraft.
With a multitude of jumps and tuition available, it's never been easier to book your skydiving experience. The School is located on the airfield so it won't be long before you're freefalling from the plane.
Three pools including 75 metre flume, water cannons, bubble seats, tipping bucket pirate ship promise lots of fun. Archie's World adventure play area is for the younger ones.
An experienced, professional and safety conscious skipper and crew await your company for a sea fishing trip. Take a ride out on the Jurassic Coast and experience a day's deep sea fishing, bass angling, mackerel trips and wreck fishing.
Pippin Equestrian is a family run centre set in 30 acres on the edge of Gillingham. All abilities are welcome, and the high standard of facilities, instructors and horses allow them to cater for everyone from a competition rider to a beginner.
The two lakes are surrounded with reeds, and both contain large fish, weighing up to 20lb. You'll be fishing for carp, tench, roach, bream and pike. The lakes are open all year and night fishing is possible.
A sport of great skill that favours those with a cool and collected attitude when things happen fast. They offer days for everyone, no matter what the level of experience, and all equipment is provided. In addition to the excellent clay pigeon shooting, ride quad bikes, fire crossbows and try archery in an exciting adventure of your choosing!
JR Zone is the largest indoor children's soft adventure playground area on the Isle of Wight. Giant three-level play frame with separate dedicated zones for babies and under fives.
There are two coarse lakes here, just under an acre in size and containing mostly carp, roach, bream and tench. Set in a beautiful rural location in the village of Shepton Montague, both lakes are open all year and there is disabled access.
A gem of a course set on the downs about Newport, the 'capital' of the Isle of Wight, and surrounded by fantastic views to Portsmouth on one side and Southampton on the other.
The Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve is a lovely stretch of greenspace that is managed and owned by the Bournemouth Borough Council. Many people have settled in the region over the past 12,500 year, making the landmark an Ancient Monument. Rangers and others continue to work to preserve this important attraction. Print materials and nature trails are available.
A beautiful woodland which is at its best in Spring with bluebells and primroses carpeting the ground. Keep an eye out for turtle doves, dormice, fallow deer and badgers.
Souther England's New Forest National Park is a lovely place full of thriving flora and fauna. This unique green space invites travellers to enjoy fresh air on horse back, bicycle or their own two feet. Families can check out the New Forest Centre, the tour or participate in one of the many events hosted at the park.
A wonderful place of open heathland and old oak woodland — this habitat is rare in Britain today, but you can enjoy its vast expanse and discover some of the special wildlife which makes its home here.
Located on the southern side of Poole Harbour, this nature reserve encompasses 5 kilometres of beaches and many wildlife habitats, including scrub, bogs, heathland and sand dunes. You can also discover all 6 varieties of British reptile here.
A wonderful country park, spanning 113 hectares with sea-cliffs, woodland, haymeadows and hedgerows. In this varied area live equally varied species of wildlife. There are recorded; 33 species of butterfly, 500 wildflowers, 500 moths and over 250 species of birds.
A mixture of woodland, scrub and wet grassland over 14 hectares. This wonderful reserve has had much restoration after a period of neglect. It is now a flourishing sanctuary for many species of wildlife.
Visit this impressive collection of moths and butterflies spread over 46 hectares of West Dorset chalk downland. The views across the River Frome valley and the West Dorset coast are truly stunning and a the area itself is a lot of fun to explore.
Spend the day exploring this wonderful reserve and taking in the numerous species of birds and plant life. Keep an eye out for Cetti's warblers, bitterns and common terns.
Known internationally for its ornamental grasses, this secluded garden is home to an equally exciting collection of rare and unusual trees and shrubs. Enjoy its naturalistic style before browsing in its Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winning nursery.
Deans Court garden is a peaceful haven near the centre of the busy market town of Wimbourne. The 13 acres of partly wild gardens surround an old house that was once the Deanery to the Minster.
After being first planted during the 1920s, these wonderful gardens unfortunately were left to deteriorate. However, an impressive replanting and landscaping scheme in 1996 has restored them to their former glory. Containing a mixture of tropical/sub-tropical plants, deciduous woodland and many species of bird, these enchanting gardens are a treat to behold.
The lush Lower Gardens features a design created by P.H. Tree in 1871. This vibrant green space offers a relaxing escape highlighted by many gorgeous plants, trees and features. The landmark can be found along Bournemouth Pier's landward side. A bandstand is also located on the grounds and often serves as the stage for free live brass band concerts.
First laid out in 1929, Compton Acres is an exceptionally well preserved example of a classic late Victorian garden. There are several gardens to take a stroll around and enjoy, such as the Japanese Garden and the Italian Garden.
Mayfield Park welcomes visitors with 17 hectares of beautiful natural landscape. This award-winning attraction includes historic features, recreation areas, sports grounds, wooded walking trails and a children's play area. Take a break from sightseeing to enjoy a refreshing excursion through this gorgeous stretch of green. Look for special events and gatherings sometimes held in the park throughout the year.
Palmerston Park is one of the most beautiful green spaces in Southampton. This Green Flag award-winning park contains dense foliage that is well-maintained throughout. Observe the Viscount Palmerston Memorial while exploring the lush garden surrounding it. Spring and summer bring vibrant blossoms to Palmerston, however the area is gorgeous all year round!
The Southampton Common is a gorgeous stretch of green beauty that provides the perfect setting for strolls, picnics and quality time. This location is also considered a "Site of Scientific Interest" because of the biodiversity it contains. Visitors can observe captivating flora and fauna while getting plenty of fresh air.
Escape the bustle of the city by exploring the beautiful greenery of Queens Park. This convenient attraction can be found at the city centre. A smaller formal park is lined in mature London Plane trees to create a more intimate, natural atmosphere. Take an invigorating afternoon stroll or have a seat on a park bench and people watch while enjoying the fresh air!
Andrews East Park in Southampton is a beautiful place to spend any afternoon. This lush setting includes the highest concentration of rose beds, shrubs, trees, bulbs, ferns, grasses, bamboo, herbaceous plants and bedding of all the area's central parks. The site of a historic fountain is identified by a circular mosaic. A cafe is available in the park.
Althelhampton is an exceptionally fine 15th century manor house, surrounded by one of the great architectural gardens of England. The walled gardens include the world famous topiary pyramids, and collections of tulips, roses, magnolias, clematis and lilies.
Enjoy a stroll along the water at the Riverside Park! This spacious 32 hectare attraction is positioned right along the River Itchen. Sports players can use one of two cricket pitches, six football pitches, a tennis court or the 18 hole pitch and putt. The grounds also include a skate park and three children's play areas.
The Furzey Gardens provide a lush green space that is perfect for tranquil afternoon strolls and quiet reflection. Observe vibrant blossoms and stunning landscape while rejuvenating the mind and body. This interesting area welcomes volunteers who want to help grow. Plants are also available for sale in the on-site nursery.
Kingston Maurward House was built between 1717 and 1720 for George Pitt. The series of garden rooms were originally designed by Sir Cecil and Lady Hanbury in 1914, after their purchase of the estate. The gardens themselves feature an array of items and plantlife including, yew hedges, water features and topiary.
The garden is noted for its colourful herbaceous borders, grassy terraces planted with fruit trees and its views. The 16th and 17th century manor house, which is tenanted, lies at the heart of the Mottistone Estate, which offers great walks between the Downs and the coast.
Enjoy the natural tranquillity of a beautiful traditional English garden with wild woodland where magnolias and rhododendrons thrive and see some lovely water plants. Noted for its spring and autumn colour, it's the setting of Great Hintock House in Thomas Hardy's 'The Woodlanders'.
This is a family run children's farm with all the character of a traditional farm but in a safe, secure, friendly environment. An exciting day out for everyone.
Forest Leisure Cycling offers a fun way to explore the gorgeous New Forest. This local business provides bikes and accessories for sale and hire. Travel one of the cycle routes, which provide a challenge for cyclists of all ages! Visitors can contact Forest Leisure Cycling for current rates and availability.
The O2 Academy presents an exciting list of live performances and events that no visitor in the area should miss! The lineup changes regularly, with a wide range of styles and genres covered. Come see the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Mad Dog Mcrea, Flux Pavilion, Dizraeli and the Small Gods and many more!
The Good Play Cafe is the perfect place for travellers with young children. This facility caters to little ones age 5 and under with special times designated for children age 8 and under. The facility features soft, kid-safe play spaces with colourful patterns and characters as well as healthy food to enjoy.
If you're looking for a relaxing shopping experience with all the top high street stores then The Avenue is for you — everything you could want all under one roof.
The original pier was built in 1861, and has had to be rebuilt several times due to weather damage and attacks by marine teredo worms. It now houses a theatre which hosts many music, comedy, magic and dance performances.
Showing a full programme of up to date films (check website for times). Free and disabled parking available and the centre is wheelchair friendly.
Improve your skills on the ice by spending the afternoon at Southampton ice skating! This cool local attraction offers fun and excitement for the whole family. Each session runs 45 minutes. Lockers can be rented on-site and refreshments are available so you can relax after completing a session on the ice!
The Rex Cinema is 85 years old, and as well as showing all the latest and greatest movie blockbusters, they also show classic and art house films, and hold regular film festivals.
Stay trim and energised during your visit to Southampton by spending some time at LA Fitness! Work on endurance and build muscle by moving through the various equipment found inside the gym. Free wights are also available. The facility also offers fitness-related classes as well as swimming lessons for adults and children.
The Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum tells the harrowing tale of the Martyrs arrest, trial and punishment, which led to the foundation of modern day trade unionism.
Come and take in a good show at the "South's Premiere Theatre", the Mayflower! Make your visit memorable by starting on the top floor for a bite to eat at the Ovation Restaurant. The theatre puts on a number of enticing programmes, including musicals, dance, ballet, opera, drama, comedy, family and children's performances.
Step into a world of maritime culture and history at Oceans! This Southampton visitor's centre is conveniently located in the shopping district. Learn more about life on the high seas and browse the unique souvenir and gift shop. An exhibition gallery is also available complete with artefacts, documents and memorabilia.
Nestled in the dock area within Southampton's centre is St. Mary's Stadium. Travellers can spectate as athletes prove their prowess on the field of competition. Parking is available but limited, so make sure you arrive early or plan to take the train. Visitors should contact the facility for game times and admission rates.
The BBC called The Nuffield Theatre company "one of the most innovative" in the south. This exciting entertainment venue hosts a wide range of interesting programmes. Light snacks are sold at the on-site Green Room cafe. The venue also offers a children's theatre lunch club which includes a kid-friendly meal and a show!
At Mill House Cider you can learn exactly how cider is made. Displays and equipment depict the importance of cider as a drink over the years, so why not sample some of the range in the shop.
This theatre presents a wide range of work, from stand-up comedy to children's theatre as well as music, dance and classical plays.
Situated in the heart of the historic city of Winchester, a fully enclosed mall consisting of many of your favourite high street shops.
Located in the centre of the island, Newport is its principal town and main shopping centre. Excellent roads and bus services make it easy to reach from anywhere on the island.
The aviation museum contains a unique collection of ex-military and civilian aircraft, some of which still fly. On display are a Meteor, Hunter, Vampire, Jet Provost, BAC-111, Buccaneer, 1934 Dragon Rapide and the world's last flying Sea Vixen.
Set in an Edwardian power station and containing unique displays of electrical items ranging from a Bournemouth tram car to boot warmers, this museum is only five minutes from the town centre and well worth a visit.
St. Peter's Church in Bournemouth is a long standing landmark. The building was constructed between 1844 and 1879 and is recognised as the eldest of all the parish's churches. Nestled at the city centre, St. Peter's is a hub of activity. The church hosts numerous events each month, including a tapestry group, flower group and study group.
The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum is recognised as one of the most fascinating and important of its kind in all of England. This facility offers unique exhibits along with an eclectic array of other activities and attractions. Be part of a family-friendly workshop to make crafts and learn about various cultures. The grounds also include a delicious cafe.
Brownsea Island sits in Poole Harbour and is the largest of eight islands — a very natural site for Henry VIII to construct one of his coastal castles in the 1540s. Now in the care of the National Trust, Brownsea is an important habitat for red squirrels. It was also the location of the first Scout camp in 1907 led by Lord Baden-Powell.
Built in the 1830s by Lord Stuart de Rothesay. Work such as medieval stonework and European stained glass were incorporated into the unique Romantic Picturesque style building. This remarkable castle is a must see.
One of the most famous cathedrals in the world. Salisbury is unique amongst medieval English cathedrals: it was built within one century with no substantial later additions. The building itself is remarkable, a testimony to the faith and practical skills of those who erected it.
Learn about the history and heritage of Little London by the Sea with a fascinating insight into how Swanage town and its people have evolved over the millennia. Enjoy the film, information panels and activities as well as some incredible views. (Limited disabled access)
Built on the north shore of the Isle of Wight to guard the Solent, the remains of Fort Victoria now house a marine aquarium, a sea bed archaeology exhibition, a planetarium and a model railway.
An 80 acre deer park around a picturesque lake, 250 acres of oak woodland and 80 acres of common land form part of the estate surrounding Stock Gaylard House, an early Georgian house close to St Barnabas parish church.
The threat of a French invasion prompted the construction in 1862 of this spectacular site, which now contains exhibitions about the battery's involvement in the First and Second World Wars. The battery retains two of its original gun barrels.
Westgate Hall invites visitors to enter its doors and learn about the area's rich, lengthy history. Formerly named the Tudor Merchant's Hall, this fascinating attraction is housed in a 15th century timbre-framed structure. The interior includes a main hall, refurbished reception area, kitchenette and cloak rooms. Space can be rented for weddings, private parties and other gatherings.
Located within the Common, the Old Cemetery in Southampton is a serene location with local significance. The site is among the earliest municipal cemeteries in all of England. Along with providing tranquil scenery, the cemetery also serves as a record of people who lived in the Southampton area over the decades.
Nestled in a quiet region within Southampton, the Medieval Merchant's House offers a tranquil escape with tremendous historic value. Get a taste of an older way of life by exploring the building constructed around 1290. The landmark was restored to its former 14th century glory after later additions were removed. Replica period furnishings were installed to enhance this one-of-a-kind experience.
Come explore the most significant historic building in all of Southampton: the Tudor House and Garden! This breathtaking landmark offers more than 8 centuries of history packed into one gorgeous location. Enjoy the unique atmosphere while gaining insight into the times and lives of people who used to live in the area.
St. Michael's church has seen decades of peace and turmoil. The structure managed to escape the severe bombing which decimated much of Southampton in 1940. Today visitors and residents can attend traditional catholic services regularly at St. Michael's. The organisation also hosts personal services such as baptisms and weddings as well as a number of events throughout the year.
Immerse yourself in the diversity of contemporary art! The John Hansard Gallery is one of the leading public galleries of its kind. Each year sees five exciting exhibitions at the main location. Off-site projects are also hosted throughout the city. Orientation and educational tours are offered and must be booked in advance.
The Solent Sky Museum in Southampton shows some of the finest classic air craft designs to grace the pages of aviation history. The facility contains 18 actual air planes including the S6b and Spitfire. Visitors can also tour the Engine Bay which contains a number of air craft engines. Climb onto the Sandringham Flying Boat or have a seat in the cockpit of the Harrier Jump Jet!
The National Historic Ships 2009 flagship, Shieldhall, is the largest working steam ship of her kind in all of Britain. This handsome vessel is an example of the country's rich maritime heritage. Book a seat on board for a Quiz and Curry Night or reserve private hire for special occasions.
High on the hill over the picturesque village of Cerne Abbas is the Cerne Giant, a 180ft high male figure believed to be an ancient symbol of spirituality, and also thought to represent the Roman god Hercules, who was often depicted naked with a club and animal fur. The earliest known reference to the giant is in the mid-1700s. However, certain schools believe its history is far older than realised.
With a rich and varied history, this castle is a must see for all ages. The original building was medieval hunting lodge, situated in the Deer Park belonging to Sherborne Old Castle. However, Sir Walter Raleigh built his own property on the site in 1594. After his death it was purchased by Sir John Digby and has been in the family ever since. In addition to its early life, the castle played a pivotal role in both world wars, as a Red Cross hospital and as the headquarters for the commandos of the D-Day landings. (Wheelchair access to the ground floor only)
Step into Queen Victoria's favourite home and experience a world unchanged since the country's longest reigning monarch died here just over 100 years ago. See the splendour in which they lived and learn about the staff that kept them here throughout her infamous reign. View the artwork and gifts around the house; keepsakes from around the world at a time when the British Empire still dominated the globe. The charm and character of this much loved home is there for all to see.
St. Mildred's Church is a fascinating example of historic architecture. This religious landmark includes distinctive Anglo-Saxon carvings inset along the west porch wall. A war memorial cross is found near the south porch while the final resting places of the 1st Marquis of Milford Haven and his wife Princes Victoria can be viewed in the churchyard.
In the medieval hall, the museum depicts the history of the Isle of Wight including the imprisonment of King Charles I at Carisbrooke Castle itself.