Dolphins River Caravan Park Charmouth Dorset
Dolphins River Caravan Park - Charmouth Dorset

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Just some of  the places to visit....

Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre. The picturesque sea side village of Charmouth is located on the World Heritage Site Jurassic Coast. The Lower Jurassic clays in this part of Dorset are full of fossils that are washed out of the cliffs and left in the gravel and sand to be found by those who look carefully enough…
The Centre has a Jurassic Theatre, where for a small charge (adults £1, children 50p) you can watch a short film on 'Finding fossils at Charmouth' or 'Black Ven; life on the edge'.
Throughout the year we run guided fossil hunting expeditions, rockpooling walks, plus countryside and marine discovery activities along the local coastline.

Lyme Regis. The seafront and harbour known as "The Cobb" is a jewel in a many faceted crown.  The Cobb is internationally known as the place where Louisa Musgrove fell from steps, known locally as "Granny's Teeth" in the Jane Austen novel "Persuasion".  The Cobb also became visually famous when the late John Fowles novel "The French Lieutenants Woman" was made into a very successful film of the same name.

Forde Abbey is a treasure in an area already known for its outstanding beauty. More than 900 years of history and romance are encapsulated in this elegant former Cistercian monastery and its 30 acres of exquisite award winning gardens.
Hardy's Cottage. Birthplace of novelist and poet Thomas Hardy
Home of Thomas Hardy until the age of 34
Under the Greenwood Tree
and Far from the Madding Crowd  were written here.
Traditional cottage style garden.
Montacute House. A glittering Elizabethan house, adorned with elegant chimneys, carved parapets and other Renaissance features, including contemporary plasterwork, chimney pieces and heraldic glass. The magnificent state rooms, including a long gallery which is the largest of its type in England, are full of fine 17th and 18th century furniture and Elizabethan and Jacobean portraits from the National Portrait Gallery. There are also good quality textiles, including an exhibition of 17th century samplers. The formal garden includes mixed borders and old roses and is surrounded by a landscape park. Montacute featured in the award winning film Sense and Sensibility.
Note: Some rooms in the house do not have electric light, so visitors wishing to make a close study of tapestries, textiles or paintings should avoid visiting on dull days.

Weymouth Sea Life Park  A unique mix of indoor and outdoor attractions set in seven acres makes a great family day out whatever the weather. The park offers a day of fun and amazement bringing you face to face with penguins, seals, sharks, otters and so much more. New  Turtle Sanctuary.

Mapperton Gardens. A romantic valley garden deep into a lost Dorset combe among tumbling hills and unspoilt countryside. The gardens descend from the great lawn, through the formal topiary down to the valley garden. The manor house with its church, stable block, coach house, dovecote and courtyard is essentially a part of its countryside, a glorious harmony of golden sandstone. Pevsner's Dorset guide reckons "there can hardly be a more enchanting manorial group than Mapperton." The house, Elizabethan in origin, enlarged in the late 1670s, is a marvellous example of a West Country manor that fits in with its surroundings and almost grows with them. Now the home of the Earl and Countess of Sandwich, Mapperton continues to be a

family house and harks back to the restoration of Charles II when the first Earl of Sandwich

brought the King back from Holland.

Athelhampton House  One of the finest 15th Century Houses in England. This Dorset attraction has an abundance of history both architectural and cultural.
Thomas Hardy's father, a builder, was involved in restoration works to the Great Hall and West Wing roofs in the 19th Century. It was during these times that Thomas Hardy himself first visited Athelhampton.

Canontiegn Falls Found in Teign Valley, Dartmoor, Canonteign Falls is home to England's highest waterfall. As well as stunning waterfalls and scenery, this attraction boasts a wetland nature reserve, children's play area, fern centre, lakeside cafe and more!

 A La Ronde. Quirky 18th-century house with fascinating interior decoration and collections.  Unique 16-sided 18th-century house with impressive collection of Grand Tour mementoes. Distinctive interior décor, including a 'feather frieze' and shell room. Stunning panoramic views over the Exe Estuary.

Dolphins River Park - Berne Lane - Charmouth - Dorset DT6 6RD