Local Attractions

The Crown Hotel offers the perfect location for exploring the local area and its wealth of attractions, so why not book a night or weekend with us and use our sumptuous bedrooms as a base for your visit to Dorset. We’ve highlighted below just a handful of fabulous local venues to whet the appetite, but rest assured our experienced Team members are always on hand to offer advice on their favourite local landmarks.

Kingston Lacy National Trust

Kingston Lacy is a National Trust property near Blandford and Wimborne built to resemble an Italian Palace in the rural Dorset countryside. There’s plenty to see from grand, beautifully detailed carvings, to intimate family souvenirs.

An art lovers dream, the rooms of the house are teeming with paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Titian and Brueghel and in the Egyptian Room you can discover the largest private collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts in the UK

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Corfe Castle

Positioned strategically in the gap between the Purbeck Hills, Corfe Castle was a royal fortress for 600 years. After the Civil War the castle was demolished to the condition we see today and much of the stone was used to build the thatched cottages of Corfe Castle Village.

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Arne RSPB Reserve

Arne RSPB Reserve is a 1,392-acre nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest maintained by the RSPB. Just 4 miles from Wareham, it is renowned for its natural environment and noted for its rare ‘Dorset Heath’ heather, breeding Dartford Warblers, Silka Deer and over 500 species of vascular plants. The reserve has also featured on BBC’s Countryfile and Winterwatch programmes.

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Lulworth Cove

The beautiful white pebble beach of Lulworth Cove, with its blue waters and easy access make it a popular destination in the local area. Low tide reveals wonderful rock pools teeming with sea creatures and dogs are permitted on the left hand side of the slipway. The Cove offers a variety of places to eat including our very own Lulworth Cove Hotel and there is a large car park (fee payable). Make sure you visit the Heritage Centre next to the car park for all kinds of information about the area and the Jurassic Coast.

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