Terracotta Warriors Dorset

Dorset day Trips – Things to Do

It’s never hard to find ways to spend a day out in Dorset. From the Jurassic Coast to Corfe Castle, there’s plenty to see and do in this wonderful county. Take a look at our top 3-day trips in Dorset to get a little inspiration.

Explore the past at Corfe Castle

The ancient fortifications of Corfe Castle (within the village that bears the same name), are some of the most iconic in the country. Corfe Castle is unusual in that it was built of stone at the top of a hill, which is why it’s such a prominent feature in Dorset. Dating from the time of William the Conqueror, Corfe Castle played a role in the English Civil War where it was besieged twice. Nowadays the castle is home to a National Trust exhibit that tells the story of Corfe Castle throughout the ages. Enjoy a full day out here and enjoy the surrounding area as well.

Terracotta warriors . . . in Dorset?

You may be familiar with the 8,000 warriors found in an ancient Chinese tomb. What you might not know, though, is that Dorset boasts its own terracotta army. Well, maybe more of a platoon, but these fearsome warriors are still an amazing sight to see. These painstakingly made replicas, crafted in China by expert artisans, give you a real glimpse of how these figures were created and why. The Terracotta Warrior Museum in Dorchester is a little slice of oriental history in the heart of Dorset.

Hunt for fossils on the Jurassic Coast

If you’re interested in the very beginnings of our world, or you just like a nice view, then the Jurassic Coast is a must-see. It’s here that the science of archaeology really began to develop, with trailblazers like Mary Anning excavating amazing creatures like plesiosaurs from the coastal rocks. Even today the Dorset coast is hugely popular with fossil hunters, and you may well stumble across a trilobite of your own.

Spending a day out in Dorset

These 3 attractions really only scratch the surface of what Dorset has to offer. We haven’t even begun to talk about the world-famous “rock arches” along the coastline, the Swanage Railway, Lulworth Activities park and all the other amazing attractions. How about a walk through the Moors Valley Country Park to burn off some energy, or to one of Dorset’s many indoor play parks? There’s always something to do, which is all the more reason to keep exploring in Dorset.