Dorset

Properties and events in Dorset

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Abbotsbury Abbey & St Catherine's Chapel walking tours

Chapel Hill, Abbotsbury, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 4JH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Join the volunteers to learn more about St Catherine's Chapel and it's local surrounding. Meeting at the Abbotsbury Abbey remains information board, a walking tour to St Catherine's Chapel.

Allendale House Guided Tours

East Dorset Heritage Trust, Allendale House, Hanham Road, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 1AS
In person
Pre-booking required

Join us on a guided tour of this landmark - Wimborne building. Learn about the family that built it with their local connections and what we know has happened in the 200 years since.

Allendale House Open Day

East Dorset Heritage Trust, Allendale House, Hanham Road, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 1AS
In person
Pre-booking not required

Come join us at the home of Dorset Architectural Heritage Week! Allendale House our wonderful Grade II listed building, is open for the day.

Blandford Fashion Museum

Full directions available on ticket., Quay Road, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7AA
In person
Pre-booking required

Historic fashions in historic surroundings!

Blandford Forum Cemetery Chapel

Blandford Forum Cemetery Chapel, Salisbury Road, Quay Road, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7UX
In person
Pre-booking not required

A beautiful chapel in the heart of Blandford

Blandford Forum Guided Heritage Walk

Meet at Marsh & Ham Car Park, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7AW
In person
Pre-booking not required

A guided walk of Dorset's Georgian Gem taking in notable features of architecture and local history

Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation - Synagogue Prayer Hall

Full directions and meeting point available on ticket, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1
In person
Pre-booking required

An architectural gem, hidden away in the centre of Bournemouth.

Bournemouth Natural Science Society

39 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 3NS
In person
Pre-booking not required

A guided tour of the BNSS Grade II Listed Victorian Villa

Bridport Quaker Meeting House

97 South Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3NZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Experience the heritage of the Meeting House then enjoy the delights of the garden too.

Bridport Town Hall

Bridport Town Hall, Bucky Doo Square, South Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3LF
In person
Pre-booking not required

A fine Georgian building with a fascinating collection of paintings and naval memorabilia.

Christchurch Priory Church Tours

Meeting point available on ticket, Christchurch Priory, Quay Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1BU
In person
Pre-booking required

Come and enjoy a tour around Christchurch's beautiful priory church

Church Of Our Lady Queen Of Martyrs & St Ignatius

North Rd, West Borough, Chideock, Dorset, DT6 6LF
In person
Pre-booking not required

A beautiful Italian Romanesque Church in the Dorset countryside.

Clavell Tower: A jewel on the South West Coast Path

Clavell Tower, Kimmeridge, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5PE
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Open to the public once a year, Clavell Tower is a circular tower high on the cliffs above Kimmeridge Bay, above one of Dorset's most striking bays. A rare chance to see inside this well-loved landmark, normally let for holidays.

Corfe Castle Festival of Cultural Heritage

Corfe Castle, National Trust Ticket Office, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5EZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

From artisan crafts to talks and demonstrations, discover the rich and varied heritage of our local area.

Deans Court Guided Tour

Location details available on ticket, Dorset Architectural Heritage Week, Allendale House, Hanham Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1AS, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1AS
In person
Pre-booking required

A rare opportunity to see inside this stunning Manor House.

Dorset Museum and Art Gallery Collections Discovery Centre Tour

66 High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XA
In person
Pre-booking required

Join the collections team at Dorset Museum and Art Gallery for an exclusive opportunity to explore behind the scenes at our state-of-the-art Collections Discovery Centre.

Dorset Museum and Art Gallery Thomas Hardy Tour

66 High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XA
In person
Pre-booking required

Join us at the Dorset Museum and Art Gallery to explore the galleries and learn about the life and works of Thomas Hardy through a carefully curated tour of objects from our collections.

Guildhall Poole

The Guildhall, Market Street, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1NF
In person
Pre-booking not required

A chance to see inside Poole Guildhall where The Society for Poole will display images of the old building and talk about the development of the building and its place in the history of the town.

Hardy Monument

Hardy Monument, Black Down, Portesham, Dorset, DT2 9HY
In person
Pre-booking not required

With stunning views over the Dorset countryside to the coast, Hardy's Monument is a must see!

Heather, Hay, Houses, Health - Guided Walk

Black Down, West Borough, Poole, Dorset, BH24 2EJ
In person
Pre-booking required

Enjoy a guided walk through Ashley Heath to learn about how the residential area was conceived.

Highcliffe Castle Open Day

Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 4LE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit Highcliffe Castle for free during this one day special event and see this Grade I listed mansion, situated on the cliff top, with spectacular views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight.

Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 4EA
In person
Pre-booking not required

We are celebrating Heritage Open Days by offering free entry to Kingston Lacy on 12-14 September. Discover Kingston Lacy, an opulent family home built to resemble a Venetian Palace.

Lulworth Castle & Park

Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5QS
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit and discover the stunning Lulworth Castle & Chapel of St Mary.

Lulworth Castle House

Lulworth Castle House, East Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5QS
In person
Pre-booking required

Visit the Weld family home in the grounds of Lulworth Castle. The Entrance Hall & Drawing Room will be open to view. The gardens are not open.

Morgan Carey Architects, The Goods Shed, Open Studio

The Goods Shed, Sandford Lane, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4DX
In person
Pre-booking not required

Open Architects Studio in a Converted Railway Goods Shed. See how this busy architect's practice has made a part of Wareham's past their own.

Museum of East Dorset

23-29 High Street, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 1HR
In person
Pre-booking required

For more than 400 years, many different families lived and worked in our grade II listed townhouse.

Portland House

24 Belle Vue Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8RZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Portland House, not normally open to the public, offers a rare opportunity to see inside a very special 1930s house. It has original 1930s features, is beautifully furnished and sits in stunning grounds with far reaching sea views.

Richmond Hill St Andrews United Reformed Church

St Stephens Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 6JJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

A fine Gothic Church in the heart of Bournemouth.

St Andrew’s Church

St. Andrews Church, Millhams Road, Kinson, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH10 7LN
In person
Pre-booking not required

Come and visit the oldest Church in Bournemouth.

St James Church

Thames Street, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1JN
In person
Pre-booking not required

Experience fragments of Poole's past in this fascinating Church.

Sturminster Newton Heritage Trust Mill

Sturminster Newton Town Mill, The Bridge, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, DT10 2HW
In person
Pre-booking not required

A fascinating working mill in the heart of the Dorset countryside.

The Boat House

Location details available on ticket, West Borough, Poole, Dorset, BH
In person
Pre-booking required

Visit the house with the boat inside!

The Home of an Art Lover: Dunshay Manor

Dunshay Manor, Haycrafts Lane, Harman's Cross, Dorset, BH19 3EB
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Open to the public just once a year, visit Dunshay Manor near Corfe Castle to discover its creative past and fall in love with its Arts & Crafts charm.

The Keep Military Museum

The Keep, Barrack Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1RN
In person
Pre-booking not required

Join us for Heritage Open Day 2024, Sunday 15th September, with free admission to the Keep! To celebrate this national event, the Keep will be open for free with a brand new guide to the building itself, a new children’s trail & craft activities.

Tivoli Theatre Talk

Meeting location details available on ticket, Tivoli Theatre, West Borough, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 1LT
In person
Pre-booking required

Hear the story of Wimborne's historic Tivoli Theatre. It's the full history from the very beginning to its closure and re-opening after almost being demolished in 1980

Tudor House, Weymouth

3 Trinity St, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8TW
In person
Pre-booking not required

Just a few minutes from Weymouth Harbour - this historic gem is a delight!

Upton House

Upton Country Park, Poole Road, Upton, Poole, Dorset, BH17 7BJ
In person
Pre-booking required

Upton House will be open to all for 2 days of exhibitions and guided tours to tell the story of its connections to Poole and the local community created by history and costume students from Bournemouth University and Arts University Bournemouth.

Weld Memorial Chapel

North Road, West Bay, Chideock, Dorset, DT6 6LF
In person
Pre-booking not required

A rare example of a complete mid-19th Century Mortuary Chapel.

Weld Memorial Chapel

North Road, Chideock, Dorset, DT6 6RY
In person
Pre-booking not required

A rare example of a complete mid-19th Century Mortuary Chapel.

West Bay Discovery Centre

Chapel On The Beach, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset, DT5 4EN
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit the Chapel on the Beach!

White Mill

White Mill, Sturminster Marshall, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 4BX
In person
Pre-booking not required

We are celebrating Heritage Open Days by offering free entry to White Mill on 7 and 8 September. Discover White Mill, a corn mill with original wooden machinery in a peaceful riverside setting

Wimborne Minster Bell Tower Guided Visit

Wimborne Minster Church of St Cuthburga, High St, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 1EB
In person
Pre-booking required

See historic Wimborne Minster from above.