Local Attractions - The Olive Branch Wimborne

Local Attractions

Hall & Woodhouse Brewery Tour

Just 10 miles north of Wimborne through the amazing two mile long beech avenue road at Kingston Lacy, the Hall & Woodhouse brewery is well worth a visit. Our passionate and knowledgeable guides can relate our history and the whole beer making processes. You can get a good look around the brewery and see the stages of the brewing process in action. Finish the tour with a pint in the Brewery Tap bar and then visit the brewery shop and stock up on our numerous award winning beers. An absolute centrepiece of any visit to Dorset.

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Badbury Rings

Badbury Rings is an Iron Age hill fort in east Dorset and was in the territory of the Durotriges. In the Roman era a temple was located immediately west of the fort, and there was a Romano-British town known as Vindocladia a short distance to the south-west. The site is currently owned by the National Trust with entry free of charge.

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Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy is a country house and estate just outside Wimborne owned by the National Trust. From the 17th to the late 20th centuries it was the family seat of the Bankes family, who had previously resided nearby at Corfe Castle until its destruction in the English Civil War after its incumbent owners, Sir John Bankes and Dame Mary joined the side of Charles I.

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Wimborne Minster (The Minster)

The Minster is the parish church of Wimborne, it has existed for over 1,300 years and is recognised for its unusual chained library (one of only five surviving chained libraries in the world). The Minster is a former monastery and Benedictine nunnery, and King Æthelred (Ethelred) of Wessex (brother of Alfred the Great) is buried there.

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Wimborne Model Town

Built well over 50 years ago, the magnificent 1/10th scale models re-create the historic market town of Wimborne Minster exactly as it was during the 1950s, you can get really close up and even touch the buildings. Peer into the butchers, the ironmongers, the bakery and the fishmongers, not forgetting the stunning interior of the Minster church. There’s also a model railway, giant outdoor chess game, putting lawn, Wendy houses and tea rooms to keep the family entertained.

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Priest's House Museum

The Priest’s House Museum & Garden are located just round the corner from us. The museum tells the story of East Dorset. Period rooms, from a 17th century hall to the working Victorian kitchen, show how life and work has changed in this historic townhouse. There are 10 galleries to explore with displays, audio descriptions and children’s activities. A beautiful walled garden, gift shop and tearoom complete any visit.

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Cranborne Chase

Cranborne Chase is a chalk plateau which straddles the counties of Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire. The plateau is part of the English Chalk Formation and is adjacent to Salisbury Plain and the West Wiltshire Downs in the north and the Dorset Downs to the south west. Nearly 1,000 square kilometres of Cranborne Chase and the West Wiltshire Downs has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the sixth largest in the country The highest point is Win Green, in Wiltshire, at 910 ft (277m).

The Purbecks

The Isle of Purbeck is a peninsula of land bordered by the English Channel to the south and east and by the marshy lands of the River Frome and Poole Harbour to the north. A large part of the peninsula is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the portion of the coast around Worbarrow Bay and the ghost village of Tyneham is still, after nearly 60 years, in the possession of the Ministry of Defence who use it as a training area.  Some places that are well worth a visit in the purbecks include:

Swanage, Studland, Poole Harbour, Corfe Castle and Kimmeridge Bay.


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