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Places to Visit, Things to Do and Days Out in Dorset

Dorset is famous for its Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, its many coastal resorts and its many ancient settlements and hill forts. Places to Visit in Dorset The Dinosaur Museum and Alexandra Hotel & Restaurant are listed below.
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Kids love a day out at the award-winning Dinosaur Museum. Packed with life-sized models of dinosaurs, along with skeletons and fossils, it's interactive, immersive and great fun. Kids are encouraged to touch and explore, and the life-sized reconstructions really bring the attraction to life.
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The Alexandra has two award winning restaurants both overlooking Lyme Bay. Menus with local & seasonal at heart. Seafood from the bay below always on offer!
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Connaught's Bluewater Spa & Leisure Club is considered by many as one of Bournemouth's finest spas - following a major facelift, this relaxing haven does downti
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Discover the secret world of Brownsea Island The inspiration for many a story by children's writer Enid Blyton, from a child's point of view it's hard to imagine a better spot for ripping adventures and lashings of ginger beer than Brownsea Island. The fun starts on the boat ride over from Poole Quay or Sandbanks where some crossings feature commentaries on all the local celeb residents plus a jaunt round the surrounding islands. Once on Brownsea, there are kids' nature and smuggli...
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Experience the breathtaking views of Corfe Castle Discover the rich history that is imbued into the ruins of Dorset's Corfe Castle, from the sibling struggle more than 1000 years ago that ended in Ethelred the Unready's brother Edward being murdered to its defiant stand against Cromwell which ended in its destruction by Parliamentarians in 1646. This was once the strongest fortress in Europe and was even entrusted to guard the Crown Jewels back in the 12th century. Take the kids aro...
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Farmer Palmer's is an award-winning farm park designed specifically for children aged 0-8. Acres of Adventure to explore and Bucketfuls of Play to discover
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Welcome to the health and leisure club at the Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth Carlton. Welcome to total relaxation. With indoor and seasonal outdoor swimming pool, sauna and spa pool you can make the most of the revitalising powers of water at our seaside hotel. Then, to complement, these healthy activities, why not book yourself a treatment in our beauty rooms.
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Explore the beautiful gardens of Kingston Lacy Beside the Kingston Lacy house is the late-Victorian formal garden. Bright bedding, a fern garden containing 25 different varieties of ferns with gravel paths running between irregular raised beds, roses and spring bulbs, with meandering shrubberies and some fine Egyptian and Italian sculpture. This garden contains the National Collections of Anemone Memorosa and Convallarias. Good specimen trees, some planted by visiting royalty, avenues ...
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Discover a lifetime of family treasures at Kingston Lacy Kingston Lacy is a 17th century house that was the home of the Bankes family for over 300 years, and replaced the ruined family seat at Corfe Castle. The house contains an outstanding collection of paintings and other works of art including work by Titan, Sebastiano del Piombo and a Velçzquez. The dramatic Spanish Room has its walls hung in magnificent gilded leather. On display are furniture, books, Italian sculptures and bronze...
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Discover Moors Valley Country Park Moors Valley Country Park covers 750 acres in the valley of the Moors River. There is so much to do, a steam railway, 18 hole golf course, walks and cycle trails and a chance to swing amongst the trees with Go Ape. Alongside its exciting attractions, the Moors Valley Country Park is set in the beautiful Dorset Countryside, surrounded by tree, rivers, lakes and stunning wildlife. The park also has a fantastic outdoor children's play area which bri...
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Walk in the footsteps of SIR WALTER RALEIGH in the home he built 425 years ago. See decorative styles and nationally important collections of art, furniture and
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The Museum Inn is a superb 17th Century country inn situated in the delightful village of Farnham, Dorset, on the glorious Cranborne Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a renowned countryside pursuit destination. The pub has eight beautifully appointed double en-suite rooms, four in the pub itself and a further four in the old Stables. If you want to add an extra luxurious touch to your stay, choose the General's room which comes complete with floor-to-ceiling French windows,...
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Explore the stunning grounds of and Elizabethan House Montacute House and gardens is a simple, elegant, Elizabethan garden comprised largely of green spaces, of lawns and processions of clipped yews. Most memorable is the formal sunken lawn beside the house, fringed with borders of rich pinks and purples and backed by balustraded, pinnacled walls and fine pavilions.
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Step inside a masterpiece of Elizabethan Design Montacute House is an Elizabethan house adorned with elegant chimneys, carved parapets, heraldic glass and other Renaissance features. The magnificent state rooms include the Long Gallery which is the largest of its type in Britain, and is full of furniture and Tudor and Elizabethan portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery. Also tapestries, hangings and an exhibition of 17th century samplers from the Goodhart Collection. The f...
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Explore the enchanting Tintinhull Garden Tintinhull Garden is a classic 20th century English garden surrounding a 17th century manor house, of high formality overlaid with an opulent yet carefully contrived planting. With varied borders, attractive kitchen garden and secluded lawns all neatly enclosed within walls and clipped hedges. The long vista down from the house is famous, as is the pool and cedar court with its ancient Yew tree. There is a white garden, and a fine pair of oppos...
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Situated in the idyllic village of Tollard Royal on the Wiltshire/Dorset border, The King John Inn is a gorgeous pub with rooms serving award-winning and seasonal British food. The eight en-suite bedrooms combine modern comfort with rustic elegance and feature luxurious linen, Nespresso machines, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, direct dial phones and handmade bath and body products from Bramley. Our Head Chef sources his ingredients from the best local suppliers – from the fresh seafood deliver...
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Discover the beautiful Lytes Cary Manor and Gardens The impeccable topiary that lines the path leading to Lytes Cary Manor in Somerton, Somerset, says it all about this simple, beautiful Arts and Crafts garden. The house was once the home of medieval herbalist Henry Lyte who used the Niewe Herball book on herbal remedies as inspiration for his plantings and is now a delightful mix of shrubs, roses and perennials, thanks to a restoration project by Sir Walter Jenner. The herbaceous bo...
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Discover the beautiful Lytes Cary Manor The home of medieval herbalist Henry Lyte, the limestone house that is Lytes Cary Manor has been inhabited since the 14th century. It was passed through a succession of generations of the Lyte family until the 18th century and has been expanded and improved upon until the family were forced to sell in 1755. Highlights include the wonderful little chantry chapel used to hold masses to pray for the souls of family members, the Great Chamber ceil...
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Explore the stunning Barrington Court Gardens Created by influential horticulturalist, artist and writer Gertrude Jekyll, Barrington Court Gardens near Ilminster in Somerset is a beauty to behold, whatever the weather. Jekyll designed Barrington Court towards the end of her career in 1917 (she created over 400 gardens in the UK) and it is a garden of different character rooms. Wander through the hot room which is a blissful mix of lilies, dahlias and vibrant orange, red and yellow ann...
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Hillbrush has been manufacturing cleaning equipment in Mere, Wiltshire, since 1922. In April 2017 we launched our visitor centre, Visit Hillbrush, incorporating our gift shop of cleaning and personal grooming products, our amazing locally sourced restaurant with an extensive menu of delicious meals, drinks and snacks, and our interactive brushmaking museum.
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Visit Hillbrush is located in Mere, Wiltshire and offers a fantastic restaurant, shop and museum.
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Explore Stourhead House and Gardens Stourhead is a fine example of English landscape gardens from the 18th century, re-planted in the 19th century with Conifers, flowering trees and shrubs. Follow a route anti-clockwise around the lake to gradually experience the sequence of arcadian images. There is always another vision to attract the eye: the Temple of Flora, Temple of Apollo, rock bridge or a Gothic rustic cottage and grotto to name but a few. From the late 1700s new plants were i...
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Discover Stourhead House Stourhead House is a Palladian mansion built in the 1720s, which was home to the Hoare family, who are the owners of Britain´s only surviving private bank. The entrance hall has a large collection of Hoare family portraits. The interior includes an outstanding Regency library designed by Colt Hoare in 1792 and decorated with paintings of classical scenes and furniture by Chippendale the Younger. In the gardens are classical temples, including the Pantheon and Te...
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Burrow Farm Gardens is a beautifully landscaped 13 acre garden, which will appeal to both the plantsman and those seeking a relaxing walk around a tranquil garden with extensive views. Sweeping lawns lead between island beds of unusual shrubs and herbaceous plants down to the lake. The woodland garden, in a Roman clay pit with fine trees, ponds and bog garden, combines primulas, iris and other moisture lovers with the many wild flowers flourishing there. The millennium garden features ponds, ...
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Howard's House is a privately owned hotel, hidden away in unspoilt countryside in the heart of Wiltshire. The ancient honey coloured stone building has not been subjected to any modern tampering which shows in the simple elegance of the airy restaurant. Chef Andy Britton's ethos is to source as much local meat, game, fish and seasonal produce as possible as well as the vegetables and herbs from the kitchen garden. The cuisine is modern British and the menu may feature a starter such as roaste...
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Glastonbury Abbey is connected with legend to a degree that is unparalleled by any other abbey in England. Since Medieval times, the abbey has held legendary status as the earliest Christian foundation in Britain linked to Joseph of Arimathea and the burial place of King Arthur.
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Roger Saul, the founder of Mulberry, is the creative talent behind the gardens at Kilver Court, in Somerset. With a 100 metre herbaceous border, a subtropical island and a formal parterre, there is much to be admired and explored.
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Longleat is characterised by its Elizabethan architecture and is surrounded by 900 acres of ‘Capability' Brown landscaped grounds. It is home to the UK's original Safari Park and a wealth of impressive attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Animal Adventure. Here, guests can get up-close and personal with truly amazing animals.
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The grounds and gardens at Longleat cover 900 acres of parkland designed by Capability Brown, as well as formal gardens by George London. The stables and Orangery were designed by renowned architect, Wyatville, and the Secret Garden is the work of Russell Page.
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Take a look at a time gone by at Longleat House, a superb example of Elizabethan architecture, and one of the country's finest stately homes. Home to sixteen generations of the Thynn family, the 7th Marquess of Bath is perhaps one of Longleat's most famous residents.
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Burley Manor offers something truly unique in the New Forest. Somewhere you can come to enjoy stunning food with Mediterranean influences, in relaxed, spectacular surroundings. Our chef's follow the seasons, allowing nature to play a leading role in our menu. It's about a handful of the best ingredients, sourced well, prepared simply, with the help of our wood fired oven, to make the most of their flavours. At Burley Manor, the main event is undoubtedly the simple vibrant, rustic and ...
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The Dining Room at Chewton Glen, is a truly cosmopolitan and quintessentially English restaurant. Offering a nexus of beautiful conservatories, intimate dining.
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If enjoying the tranquillity of the New Forest wasn't enough, then a visit to Chewton Glen's award winning spa and country club should really help you to unwind and re-energise. It can be as full on or laid back as you like. For the energetic - tennis courts, dance studio, gymnasium, nine hole golf course and a 17m ozone treated pool should give you all the exercise you need. If replenishing the mind and body is more your thing, we have a hydrotherapy spa pool, a nail studio, aromather...
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Where else in the world but animal-mad Britain would you come across such a soft-hearted attraction as the Donkey Sanctuary just outside Sidmouth? Visitors return time and again to wander through fields and fields of donkeys who will live out their days in this serene little Devon haven. In the barn there are pictures and a rundown of the residents, giving their names and a brief summary of their lives with salient facts like who they hang out with and whether they can smell Polo mints in you...
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Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Devon -award-winning public art gallery featuring contemporary art exhibitions of local, national and international importance
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Adam & Martine Fellows opened Goodfellows in 2004. The cuisine features modern Mediterranean dishes fused with locally sourced produce from Somerset and fish fresh from Brixham. Fish is the Adam's speciality and his 5 course tasting menu is a must for visitors.
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The Halcyon Spa at Bishopstrow House is nestled in the heart of Wiltshire, near the town of Warminster. The spa is renowned for its range of facilities, treatments and customer care. Guests will love the heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, which are open all year round, and the wide variety of treatments on offer.
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Located right in the centre of Frome, the Archangel has an excellent reputation for its vibrant, warm hospitality, top quality restaurant food and quirky but first class accommodation. First recorded as an Inn in 1311, The Archangel despite extensive renovations still reveals its medieval history with ancient beams and walls. Modern touches have been added such as suspended glass mezzanine cube, Italian-made mustard yellow chairs and zinc-topped bar. The Archangel serves classic seasona...
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This chic, eclectic restaurant, Bar, Cafe is open all day. From coffee to cocktails, pop in and catch up with friends. The extensive menu offers a feast of local produce from healthy (Kale salad with red onion, pearl couscous, chickpea, roasted peppers, walnut dressing) to hearty (Beer battered haddock with chunky chips and minted peas), and puds are to die for! This really is a restaurant to be enjoyed at anytime of day, with anyone you choose.
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Buff Urban Day Spa can be found in Taunton, Somerset. Opening in December 2007 the spa is renowned for it's range of treatments and customer service. Winning awards for Best Day Spa, Best Hair Salon and silver for Best Spa & Wellbeing Experience in the Bristol, Bath & Somerset Tourism awards.
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Refined and elegant accurately sum up the grand-looking Victoria Hotel (especially the doorman that greets you), a place where the whole family can take in the lovely seaside location – and enjoy splashing out or winding down at the luxury spa. Found on the South Devon coast, indulge in a spot of old school bathing outdoors in the vast alfresco pool and indoors where there's a host of top-draw facilities without a whiff of pretentiousness. Everything is geared up for guests of all ages – a be...
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Whether you are visiting Rhinefield House in the New Forest for a leisure break or celebration you can be sure that a delectable dining experience awaits you.
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Rhinefield House really does have looks on its side; this beautiful old manor set in the lush Hampshire countryside is surrounded by an elegant outdoor pool and inviting loungers that encourage you to stop clockwatching and step into an environment of utter relaxation. De-robe and experience a host of therapies from Elemis and organic brand Spiezia. To really soak up your surroundings book the Forest massages and take to the outdoors for some hands-on healing amongst the trees. If you fancy w...
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Famous for the unique collection of gardens which span three centuries of garden history and design, the Formal Garden is hailed as a fine example of the world-renowned partnership between designer Gertrude Jekyll and architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. Hestercombe House and Gardens has undergone acclaimed restoration works and continues to grow, giving visitors a stunning setting to explore and relax.
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Explore the impressive collections and beautiful interiors at Mompesson House Mompesson House, an elegant and spacious 18th century house in Cathedral Close, was built for Charles Mompesson in 1701. It has magnificent plasterwork, a fine oak staircase and good quality period furniture. The house also contains the Turnbull collection of 18th century drinking glasses. In the Green Room is a display of black and white portrait prints. A well known tenant of the house was Barbara Townsend a...
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Opened in March 2019, ' Betony ' is the signature restaurant of Great British Chef & Roux Scholar Matthew Tomkinson. Serving modern British cuisine in a relaxed yet chic restaurant environment, Betony is open Wednesday-Saturday for dinner.
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Holistic spa treatments, hydrotherapy & heated outdoor pools & countryside views from the hot tub - it's a truly calming space. Day spa guests welcome.
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Traditional Farmhouse Cuisine With A Gastro Twist. Using only the finest, freshest local ingredients, sourced from local independent suppliers, The Kitchen promises to offer diners a wealth of gastronomic delights. Our menu has been lovingly and thoughtfully created by World Champion Head Chef, Sandor Szucs, making use of the hotel's freshly planted herb garden, which boasts herb troughs, herb banks and herb wheels.
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Prior Park is a stunning landscaped garden in Bath, which dates back to the 18th century. Originally created by Ralph Allen, a local entrepreneur, the garden design was also influence by ‘Capability' Brown and also the poet, Alexander Pope. It contains one of only four Palladian bridges of this particular design in the world.
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Explore a beautiful English country garden at The Courts Garden The Courts Garden is a delightful English country garden showcasing some of the UK'S best gardening. Take a stroll through the beautiful colour-coordinated flower bed and admire the wonderful variety of trees, shrubs and naturally planted spring bulbs. The water garden contains a rectangular lily pond surrounded by pale Iris Sibirica and an earlier creation of a dye pond. Borders are enclosed with Yew, Beech and Holly. T...
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Menu Gordon Jones only runs a surprise tasting menu, decided by Gordon Jones, from which diners will experience contrasting flavours, textures and temperatures with English, Indian and Asian influences.
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Where better than the historic city of Bath, Britain's most famous Roman spa town and the country's original home of ‘wellness through water', to don your white robe and treat your mind and body to some sensory seduction. The Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel marries the best of water-based healing including a deluxe hydro pool to help wash any tension away and seven candle-lit serene treatment rooms for a bit of couch-based pampering. Feel the busy modern world slip away as your well-trained therapis...
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One of Bath's longest established independent restaurant, Chef Chris Cleghorn has gained its first Michelin Star in 2018. The menu is based on five or seven-course tasting options with the possibility to choose a la carte. Discover an award-winning wine list and a bar offering a relatively unique spirit list.
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Bath Aqua Glass have glassblowing demonstrations in their studio in Bath, twice a day from Monday to Saturday. It is family-friendly and a short walk from their central shop by the historic Bath Abbey
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Nestled within four acres of stunning gardens and spacious terraces, The Bath Priory is a Georgian house of honey-coloured stone close to the city of Bath.
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The first and only spa by L'Occitane in the UK, The Garden Spa by L'Occitane offers a haven in which to escape and indulge. Designed to complement its natural surroundings, the spa offers a selection of luxurious treatments, with four tranquil treatment rooms, an indoor pool, heated outdoor pool, steam pod and sauna.
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Bailbrook House in Bath offers an inspiring variety of culinary experiences to indulge in with Cloisters restaurant and the Conservatory.
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The course is free draining and never closes. There is a floodlit range and an adventure golf course full of waterfalls, rivers & caves. Click video below.
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Set in the grounds of Doubletree by Hilton Cadbury House in Bristol with stunning countryside views, Marco Pierre White has created a superior steakhouse with a buzzy up-tempo atmosphere. It's a classy yet unpretentious affair. Tables are smartly laid with crisp white table linen and sparkling glassware and cutlery, and yet it's the type of restaurant where it's not frowned upon to order a pint with your steaks should you please. There's a private dining room for those more intimate events. T...
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A friendly, local, steam railway bringing back the sounds and smells of steam to the Avon Valley. Opened in 1869 by the Midland Railway as a through route between the Birmingham and the South Coast, the line was later linked to the iconic Somerset & Dorset Railway. Closed under the Beeching Axe of the 1960's the line was preserved by an enthusiastic group of volunteers. Today, 40 years on, three miles of track has been re-laid, locomotives and carriages restored, and the sound of steam c...
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Discover the Beautiful Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and village Lacock Abbey was founded in 1232 and converted into a country house in the mid-16th century, the cloisters and monastic rooms of the Abbey have survived largely intact. On the closure of the monastery it passed to William Sharington. The Strong Room has an important Renaissance carved stone table, supported by 4 satyrs. Various paintings, furniture and a group of watercolours are also on display. The stable courtyard ho...
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Restaurant Hywel Jones offers an outstanding dining experience. Executive Chef Hywel Jones has held a Michelin Star at the hotel since 2006
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Not many spas in Britain lay claim to the elusive title of destination spa, but Lucknam Park Spa delivers a masterclass in treatments and design.
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Explore the stunning Gardens of Tyntesfield Tyntesfield, the original garden is thought to have been laid out in the 1840´s. Currently there is a huge restoration project underway to bring this impressive estate back to its former glory. The garden is Grade II* listed and is one of the top 500 parks and gardens in England. Divided into three ballustraded terraces and separated from the park by a ha-ha, originally surrounded by an impressive pleasure garden planted with trees and shr...
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Discover the fascinating history of Tyntesfield Tyntesfield is a spectacular Victorian country house, remodelled by John Norton in 1864 for William Gibbs as a family home. It is an extraordinary Gothic Revival, with extravagant towers and turrets. The original interior is still intact with an unrivalled collection of Victorian decorative arts and there is a sumptuously decorated private Chapel built by Sir Arthur Blomfield. It is surrounded by 500 acres of landscaped gardens. Conservatio...
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The RWA – Bristol's first art gallery - is proud to bring world-class visual art from around the world to the South West. Their vision is to be the South West's leading centre for the exhibition, exploration and practice of the visual arts, recognised as a place that enriches and nourishes the lives of people from all communities and backgrounds.
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Set in the heart of the Redland area of Bristol, this stylish gastropub sports first floor “supper rooms” available for private hire and an outdoor terrace in addition to the bar and handsome main dining area. Ex- Le Manoir chef Simon Bradley applies both classic and modern European cookery techniques to West Country produce. The a la carte menu includes dishes such as organic steak and kidney pie with creamed potatoes and Guinness gravy and roasted fillet of line caught cod with steamed spi...
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Noah's Ark Zoo Farm is a zoo set on a working farm in 100 acres of beautiful, peaceful North Somerset countryside just 6 miles from Bristol.
in Gloucestershire
Explore the grandeur of Dyrham Park The magnificent formal gardens of Dyrham Park were laid out when the grand house was built but became unfashionable by the late 18th century. They were largely cleared away or filled in when the park was landscaped by Humphrey Repton and Charles Harcourt Masters. However, it is a joy to travel down the winding drive through the deer park until the house appears, wedged across the valley and facing out to the plain below. A bold formal terrace with ...
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Explore the grandeur of Dyrham Park Dyrham Park is a 17th century mansion built in the baroque style between 1692 and 1704 for William Blathwayt, Secretary of State to William III. The rooms have changed little since they were furnished by Blathwayt. Due to his royal connections, the house became a showcase for Dutch decorative arts. On display are family portraits, paintings, delftware, furniture and a state bed made for the house. The restored Victorian domestic rooms include kitchen...
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Discover the beautifully preserved Manor House of Clevedon Court Clevedon Court is an outstanding 14th century manor house with parts of a massive 13th century Tower and Great Hall and much of the original building still evident. It has been home to the Elton Family since 1709. A large amount of the interior was altered by the family and the Great Hall is now Georgian with a minstrels´ gallery. The house contains many striking Eltonware pots and vases and a fascinating collection of N...
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Discover the land before time at Avebury Probably one of England's best known tourist attractions (and a World Heritage Site), Avebury is a Neolithic henge monument containing three stone circles in Wiltshire. The site has much to thank archaeologist Alexander Keiller, known as the marmalade millionaire thanks to his breakfast creation, who opened a museum here to display much of the findings of the site in 1938 in the old stable building of Avebury manor where he lived. A wonderful t...
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The House of Thomas Bayly was built following the Great Fire of Marlborough in 1653. Over the years 1653-1700 a fine timber and brick building was constructed,
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