Attractions in Dorset

Whether your whole stay is about exploring attractions in Dorset or you just fancy an adventure amidst relaxing, there are plenty of attractions nearby for all ages to enjoy. Enjoy care-free mornings and energetic afternoons across Dorset. 

From beautiful gardens and wildlife hubs to a range of museums and rainy-day sanctuaries , should you wish to break from relaxing in our comfy hotel, you won't struggle to fill your days with fun. 


Cerne Abbas Giant and Abbey

A must-see attraction in Dorset, the Cerne Abbas Giant is a hill figure near the village of Cerne Abbas in Dorset. This unusual yet popular attraction depicts a 55 metre naked male outlined with trenches in the turf and filled with white chalk rubble.

The origin and age of the figure are somewhat unclear, however the earliest written record dates the giant back to the late 17th century. 

The nearby Abbey is a hidden gem steeped in history. It is free to visit, with a donation box on entry. A trip to both sites in Cerne Abbas makes a great day out. 


Minterne House, Gardens and Tea Room

Immersed yourself in a tranquil haven.  Minterne House and Gardens boasts a world renowned and completely unique collection of Himalayan Rhododendrons and Azaleas, with Spring bulbs, Cherries, Maples and rare trees. Explore the grounds and discover something new throughout the seasons. 

Soak in your surroundings with tea and cake on the tea terrace, or perhaps opt for a spot of lunch, all made with locally sourced ingredients. 

Lily Pond

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

These gardens are a must-visit for any nature enthusiast and those who love a peaceful scenic walk. Stroll through this sheltered woodland micro-climate filled with rare plants from across the world, some dating back to the late 18th century.

With plenty to see, including the Burma Rope Bridge, Lily Ponds and world-famous Camellia groves, this is without a doubt a ‘must visit’ when looking for things to do in Dorset for families.  


Abbotsbury Swannery

This world-famous swannery is one of the only places in the world where you can walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. This 600-year-old swannery offers a spectacular wildlife habitat unlike any other, and during May and June you can watch eggs hatch before your eyes.

Hand feed the swans and listen to engaging talks about the surrounding wildlife. For kids, let little ones run wild in Dorset’s largest willow maze or ride on the pedal go-karts. This perfect day out amongst wildlife and nature is one of the best things to do in Dorset. 

Find discounted tickets when visiting both Abbotsbury Swannery and Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens.


Plaza Cinema

The Plaza Cinema in Dorchester offers a fun art-deco-style cinema experience when looking for things to do in Dorchester. Since its single-screen opening in 1933, the cinema has shown a variety of films and shows and has recently undergone a renovation.

For rainy days or keeping the kids entertained, a trip to the cinema always offers a sense of nostalgia and fun. Check out their website for upcoming shows and times.

Brewery entertainment

Cerne Abbas Beer

Cerne Abbas brewery is nestled into the Cerne Valley, only 4 miles from The George Albert Hotel. We use exceptional ingredients to recreate the beer Cerne Abbas was once so famous for and exported to New York and London. The green sand and chalk geology of the area makes the water supremely ideal for beer making.  
Come and visit us and enjoy the freshest Dorset ales in our tap room and beer garden.

We have benches and tables and you're welcome to bring your own picnic. Most Saturdays Papa Cheese is serving food from the taproom and Grill.  Alternatively, you can purchase the ingredients for the best of picnics from Cerne Stores and consume it in our beer garden or follow your visit to the brewery with a meal in our local pubs.

Check out our opening times and what's occurring on our website and our Facebook page.
We are dog friendly, however this is a working farm so please keep your four legged pal on their lead!
We look forward to welcoming you.


Dorchester Museums

Looking for Dorchester attractions that are fun, interesting and engaging for all ages? You can’t go wrong with a trip to a museum, and in Dorchester, you’re in luck, there are four wonderful museums to visit. Whether you’re interested in local history or perhaps something a little more prehistoric, take a morning, afternoon or a whole day to explore one (or more) of Dorchesters museums.

The Keep Military Museum – offers a fascinating insight into local military history

Dorset Museum - celebrating 250 million years of history 

Shire Hall Museum – walk in the footsteps of those whose lives were changed forever in the history court at Dorchester’s Shire Hall.

The Tutankhamun Exhibition – a spectacular recreation of Tutankhamun’s tomb and treasures