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Roman Villa (6 Miles) - http://www3.hants.gov.uk/rockbourne-roman-villa
- Location -Go north on the Alderholt Road and follow the
signs for - Rockbourne, Fordingbridge, Hampshire. SP6 3PG
Why not visit the
remains of the largest known Roman villa in the area? Discovered in 1942 ba a
farmer looking for his ferret, Rockbourne Roman Villa remains one of the
biggest archeological finds in Hampshire Rockbourne is near Fprdingbridge
in a picuresque and peaceful part of Hampshire close to the New Forest.
The Roman villa once stood in the centre of a large farming estate and is
the largest villa in the area. Its history spans the period from the Iron
Age to the 5th century.
Museum and Hospital (8
directions - Leave Verwood on the Alderholt Road and follow the signs for
Fordingbridge Doll Museum and Hospital houses a unique collection
of dolls established by local artist Daphne Gordon. The
address is "New Forest Doll Museum and Dolls Hospita"l, Bridge
Street, Fordingbridge SP6 1AH Dolls old - and made
in Fordingbridge by artist DAPHNE GORDON. Open for a short time nearly
every day but PLEASE tepehone ahead: 01425 652450 to check they are going
to be open. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Leave Verwood on the Alderholt Road and follow the signs for
a period of about 30 years the late John Shering and his brother Richard
Shering collected a large quantity of artefacts which they housed in a
private museum open to the public on request. In 1996 their extensive
collection, comprising some 9,000 artefacts, was offered to the town of
Fordingbridge. These artefacts came from various sources such as shops now
closed and house clearances and included obsolete machinery, Cobblers and
Blacksmith's tools and several hundred photographs and documents. In its
entirety, the collection provides a fascinating insight into the social
history of Fordingbridge over the last 100 to 150 years.
In 1710 Thomas Archer was commissioned to build the existing Chettle House. The
house has no corners, all corners are rounded in common with the Archer style
similar to those at the Church in Smith Square in London.
House Museum (7
The Priest's House is
an historic town house dating from the 16th century. This
Grade II* listed building retains many original
House & Museum (8 Miles)*
The magnificent Manor
House is set above the picturesque village of Breamore,
overlooking the avon Valley on the edge of the New Forest
just north of Fordingbridge.
Ski and Leisure Centre (10
of the widest artificial ski slopes in the UK, this
premier attraction provides skiing facilities right
through the year thanks to its unique mist-lubricated.
Aviation Museum (10
Aviation Museum is based in a large aircraft hangar on the
edge of Bournemouth Airport and represents one of the
largest collections of aviation.
Mill Craft Centre (11
lively craft centre is housed in the buildings of a disused
eighteenth Century water mill. The main shop features work by
contemporary artists and.
in 1936, this traditional theatre has been renovated and
retains many of its period features. In 1976 the theatre
narrowly missed demolition when a
Kingston Lacy is a
magnificent mansion with important collections, set in
attractive formal gardens and parkland
In 1710 Thomas Archer
was commissioned to build the existing Chettle House. The
house has no corners, all corners are rounded in common with
the Archer style similar to those at the Church in Smith
Square in London.
Art Gallery and Museum (10 Miles)*
Today the Russell-Cotes
Art Gallery and Museum is open to the public, including a
wide range of schools, adult education, disabled people and
community groups offering many activities and workshops.
Compton Acres invites
you to escape to a different world. Twelve individual
gardens in one, set in ten acres with spectacular views over
Poole Harbour, Brownsea Island and the Purbeck Hills.
Set in the heart of The
New Forest at Minstead in Hampshire this delightful,
informal garden was established in 1922 and is renowned for
its all year round beauty.
Cathedral (14 Miles)*
Salisbury Cathedral is
a building of world importance. Set within the elegant
splendour of the Cathedral Close it is probably the finest
medieval building in Britain.
and South Wiltshire Museum (14 Miles)*
Let Salisbury Museum
take you on a journey through one of the most fascinating
areas of Britain.
Wilton house, 450 year
old home to the Earl of Pembroke, provides a fascinating
insight into British history.
As an island nation we have a special fascination with islands and
Brownsea Island is no exception.
Sharing the Close in Salisbury with the magnificent Salisbury
Cathedral overlooking the Choristers' Green, the grand Mompesson
House with its Queen Anne facade looks quite at home in this quiet
backwater of Old Sarum.
Wardour Castle (15
Beautifully sited beside a lake, Old Wardour Castle was built in
the late 14th century by John Lord Lovel as a lightly fortified
but showy and luxurious residence.
Beach and Nature Reserve (15
Studland Bay is a stunningly beautiful stretch of Dorset coastline
near Swanage, part of which is owned by the National
Trust. It is se
The great earthwork of Old Sarum stands near Salisbury on the edge
of Wiltshire's chalk plains. Its mighty ramparts were raised in
about 500 BC by Iron Age people and later occupied by the Romans.
Barbe Museum & Art Gallery (16
The St Barbe Museum tells the story of the area between the New
Forest and the Solent.
On the site of the ruins of Corfe Castle in Dorset there once
stood the most magnificent castle of Middle Age England. Even in
its current ruined state it is very easy to imagine its former
Activity Farm (17
Longdown Activity Farm is perfect for a family day out. The daily
timetable is packed with activities, which run throughout the day.
Broadlands is to undergo major remedial work over the next two
years and of necessity this means that the House and Mountbatten
Exhibition will be closed to the public until 2012.
The award-winning Swanage Railway currently operates on the six
miles of track between Swanage and Norden, through the beautiful
Isle of Purbeck, passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle.
A unique day out in the heart of the New Forest. The list of
things to see is as varied as its history which beckons you from
across the centuries.
Miller Motor Cycle Museum (http://www.sammymiller.co.uk/),
Bashley Manor, Bashley Cross Roads, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25
Telephone: 01425 620777
Category: Motor Cycles & Scooters
Description: Unlike most other museums, this is more than a static
collection, to be dusted and polished at regular intervals and
displayed like butterflies with pins through them. This is a live
museum, these machines are run in classic bike events.
Forest Cider (http://www.newforestcider.co.uk), Littlemead,
Pound Lane, Burley, Burley, Ringwood, Hampshire, BH24 4ED
Telephone: 01425 403589, Email: email@example.com
Description: Bed and breakfast accommodation in the pretty village
of Burley with two en-suite double/family rooms. Also a four
bedroom self catering cottage, available for rent on our working
cider farm, with free tasting of our range of ciders!
Aviation Museum, Hangar 600, Bournemouth Int Airport,
Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 6SE
Telephone: 01202 580858
House & Museum, Breamore, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 2DF
Telephone: 01725 512468
Hard Historical Village, Maritime Museum, Bucklers Hard,
Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7XB
Telephone: 01590 616203
Hard Maritime Museum, Bucklers Hard, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7XB
Telephone: 01590 614 645
Museum & Dolls Hospital, Bridge Street, Fordingbridge,
Hampshire, SP6 1AH
Telephone: 01425 652450
Tide Mill Trust Ltd, Eling Lane, Totton, Hampshire, SO40 9GG
Telephone: 02380 666339
Category: Historic Buildings
Museum Trust Ltd, Kings Yard, Salisbury Street, Fordingbridge,
Hampshire, SP6 1AB
Telephone: 01425 655222
Hodder Display Cases, Enfield, Sandleheath, Fordingbridge,
Hampshire, SP6 1PA
Telephone: 01425 654663, Fax: 01425 654663
Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7ZN
Telephone: 01590 612345
Forest Museum & Library, High Street, Lyndhurst, Hampshire,
Telephone: 023 80283444
House Museum & Gardens, Quay Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23
Telephone: 01202 482860
Town & Countryside Museum, Gouldings Farm, Ringwood,
Hampshire, BH24 3PA
Telephone: 01425 472746
Roman Villa, Rockbourne, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 3PG
Telephone: 01725 518541
Inclusion Services, Park Road, Milford-On-Sea, Lymington,
Hampshire, SO41 0QU
Telephone: 01590 642184
Category: Counselling Services & Advice Services
Barbe Museum The, New Street, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 9BH
Telephone: 01590 676969, Fax: 01590 679997
Museum Of Electricity, Old Power Station, Bargates, Christchurch,
Dorset, BH23 1QE
Telephone: 01202 480467
& Eling Heritage Centre, 122 Eling Lane, Totton, Southampton,
Hampshire, SO40 9GG
Telephone: 023 80666339
Category: Visitor Centres
SOME SUGGESTIONS OF PLACES TO VISIT
Drink & Attractions:
Tourist Information Centre on the High Street will answer
all your questions about what's on, where to go, and what to do in the
ancient and majestic
a centre for pilgrimage, prayer and worship for 1,300 years is only a
Theatre, with its Art Deco interior, is a few minutes'
walk. It runs a full programme of entertainment, being a cinema, theatre
and a music venue.
and adults will love exploring the streets of the dinky
Model Town -
just up the road on King Street. A perfect scale replica (1:10) of
Wimborne in 1950, each miniature building has been designed down to the
last detail, allowing visitors to peer into the butchers, ironmongers
and bakers shop windows crammed full of goods.
Priest's House Museum
& Garden on the High Street is set in an historic town house
where a series of period rooms takes the visitor back through the
centuries. From the 17th century hall to the Georgian parlour and
working Victorian kitchen, the rooms show what life and work was like
for people in the past.
Wimborne plays host to a vibrate array of pubs and bars, including
lively independents the
Dog and the
both specialising in craft beers. Renoufs
Cheese & Wine Bar just off the square offers cosy lit
interiors with delicious relaxed social dining.
Pig or the Anchor
at Shapwick (a 10-mintue drive - best to book) offer modern
British cuisine with local ales. Enjoy an authentic taste of Italy in
if you fancy the sweet and spicy flavours of Bengali cuisine.
of Dorset's jewels is the beautiful and impressive Jurassic Coast. There
are nearly 3000 miles of rights of way, providing some of the most
breath-taking coastal and beach walks in the South West.
A glorious slice of natural coastline in the Purbecks featuring a clear
two-mile stretch of golden, sandy beach, with gently shelving bathing
waters and views of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight. Ideal for
water sports and includes the most popular naturist beach in Britain
(discreetly tucked away in the dunes). Owned by the National Trust,
Studland and the heathland behind the beach is a haven for native
wildlife and features all six British reptiles. Designated trails
through the sand dunes and woodlands allow for exploration and spotting
of deer, insects and bird life as well as a wealth of wild flowers.
Studland was the inspiration for Toytown in Enid Blyton's Noddy. If you
are a member of the National Trust take your card for free parking.
Studland, near Swanage, Dorset. Telephone The National Trust: 01929
A 30 minute drive away is the lively sea side town of Sandbanks an area
of the country that contains some of the most expensive land and houses
in the world. Sandbanks itself is a small peninsula, and the place to go
if you are looking for water sport activities. Numerous companies
provide activities such as windsurfing, kitesurfing, kayaking, sailing,
powerboating and offer the hiring of boats. Contact ‘The Watersports
01202 708 283, FC Watersports on 01202 707757 or Oceanos Watersports
07828 650099 for more details.
Sandbanks also boasts a large crazy-golf and mini-golf courses, a mini
road train that cruises up and down the prom in the summer and open top
One of the most famous and unique attractions of Sandbanks is the
Sandbanks Chain Ferry, which shuttles cars and passengers between
Sandbanks and Studland crossing at the mouth of Poole harbour (there can
be long queues at peak times in the summer season - so make an early
The beach on which Ian McEwan based his novel of the same title is
located in Bridport, 40 minutes away. It is a pebble beach 18 miles long
and stretches north-west from Portland to West Bay. It is a haven for
amateur fossil hunters.
Other beaches include: Kimmerage, Lulworth and Durdle Door with its
cliff arch. Also Winspit and Dancing Ledge which are both a 20 minute
walk from the Square and Compass Pub, Worth Matravers, where you can get
a pie and pint and enjoy the owner's private fossil museum.
Dorset boasts a collection of beautiful houses and gardens open for the
public to visit.
2 miles from Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 4EA | Telephone: 01202
Home of the Bankes family for more than 300 years, this striking
17th-century house is noted for its lavish interiors. The outstanding
art collection includes paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Titian and
Tintoretto, with the largest private collection of Egyptian artefacts in
the UK. Outside, stroll across the beautiful lawns towards the restored
Japanese tea garden. There are several waymarked walks through the
surrounding parkland, with its fine herd of North Devon cattle. The
8,500-acre estate is dominated by the impressive Iron Age hill fort of
Near Kingston Lacy (1 mile further along the road to Blandford). A high
and impressive ancient earth works with steep ramparts, originally iron
age, subsequently used as a fort by the Romans between the 2nd and 4th
centuries AD and subsequently by the Saxons. Now open to the public and
good for an interesting short walk. Car parking available. National
Wareham, Dorset BH20 5EZ | Telephone: 01929
One of Britain's most majestic ruins and once a controlling gateway
through the Purbeck Hills, the castle boasts breathtaking views and
several waymarked walks. The attack on the castle in 1646 by the
Parliamentarians left a towering ruin, and marked the end of a rich
history as both fortress and royal residence. With its fallen walls and
secret places, it is a place to explore, a giant playground for children
of all ages. The crumbling ruins and subtle invasion by plants and
animals, along with its almost ethereal quality as light and weather
change, all contribute to the unique atmosphere of Corfe Castle. Note:
steep, uneven slopes, steps and sudden drops. National Trust.
For railway enthusiasts, and for a fun day out for the family,
the Swanage to Corfe heritage steam and diesel railway is a must.
Visitors can experience a unique journey behind a vintage locomotive
through six miles of beautiful scenery passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe
Castle and travelling down to the blue flag beach at Swanage.
This award-winning standard gauge preserved railway offers steam and
diesel galas, family events and regular on-board evening dining, teas
and Sunday lunch services, as well as themed events such as the highly
popular Santa Special trains during the run up to Christmas.
You can even drive and fire your own steam train with the one-hour
footplate taster experience (book well ahead).
The Railway is located within easy access by car from Wimborne and can
be boarded for a return journey either at Swanage (50 mins via the
Sandbanks Ferry, Poole) or at Corfe (40 minutes via Wareham).
details and timetables: www.swanagerailway.co.uk
An Island situated in Poole Harbour, Dorset.
Brownsea Island offers a varied and beautiful landscape for enjoying the
wonders of nature; from the patchworks of woodland, heath and grassy
fields in the peaceful and secluded interior, patrolled by peacocks and
haven to red squirrels, to the cliffs and beaches of the coastline,
which offer breathtaking views across the harbour to the Purbeck Hills.
Wareham, Dorset BH20 7NQ | Telephone: 01929
This tiny isolated brick and tile cottage in the heart of Dorset was the
peaceful retreat of T. E. Lawrence ('Lawrence of Arabia'), who died
nearby on his motorcycle. The austere rooms are much as he left them and
reflect his complex personality and close links with the Middle East, as
detailed in a fascinating exhibition. Please note - only open 17th March
till 30th August.
The collection traces the
history of the tank. With almost 300 vehicles on exhibition from 26
countries it is the largest collection of
tanks in the world. Bovington was where the first tank crews were
trained and remains the MOD's main tank training facility. Displaying
examples of tanks from the earliest WWI tanks to late C20th examples, it
Tiger 131, the only working example of a German
Tiger I tank, and a British First World War
Mark I, the world's oldest surviving combat tank.
If you are looking for a relaxing day time activity many local houses
open their gardens to the public via the National Garden Scheme, a
scheme that raises money for charity by allowing the public to visit
beautiful private gardens. If you are interested in visiting a garden
look up the Nation Gardens Scheme website at www.ngs.org.uk for more
information on the gardens open in the surrounding areas.
Poole and Bournemouth are the nearest large towns to Wimborne. Poole is
a 15 minute drive away and Bournemouth a 25 minute drive. Both towns
offer a shopping complex and a range of restaurants and actives,
similarly Bournemouth has a large range of nightclubs and lively evening
While Wimborne itself has the charming art deco cinema/theatre called
the Tivoli, should you require a larger cinema and entertainment
facilities, Tower Park, a 15 minute car journey away, offers a more
comprehensive range of activities (post code BH214NY). Including a
cinema, bowling alley, indoor water park, bingo hall, family amusements
and casino games as well as a selection of places to eat and drink
including Burger King, Chiquito, Georgie Porgies Buffet World, KFC,
Marvin’s, Nando’s, Pizza Express, Pizza hut and TGI fridays. Within the
Tower Park complex there is also a large Tesco.
The nearest train station for trains to London is Poole, where trains
generally run every half an hour. The service to London stops at Clapham
Junction and Waterloo and takes approximately 2 ˝ hours.