Within walking distance from Lyme Regis, Charmouth and Dorset’s world-famous Jurassic coast and only a stone’s throw away from the Dorset, Devon and Somerset borders, Monkton Wyld Court is perfectly located for both peaceful countryside breaks, and to be used as a base for those wishing to explore the rich range of attractions offered by the surrounding area. The region is packed with wonderful days out for all ages, whether it’s fossil hunting, walks along the stunning Jurassic coast, iron age hill forts, crabbing, donkeys, caves, trains or adventure playgrounds – see below for an extensive list. We are also only 30 miles from Exeter, gateway to beautiful Dartmoor, 38 miles from Glastonbury and 40 miles from Bournemouth.
The Jurassic Coast – Discover 185 million years of the Earth’s history at England’s first natural World Heritage Site, covering 95 miles of coastline from East Devon to Dorset
Fossil Hunting and Museum at Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre – Hunt for fossils just down the road at World-famous Charmouth beach, and visit the Coast Centre (free entry) to see the amazing fossil collections, meet the Charmouth Dinosaur, explore the past and present of this incredible coastline and find out how to discover your own fossils on the beach. Guided fossil hunting walks available.
Dinosaurland Fossil Museum – This museum in Lyme Regis contains a spectacular collection of the local Jurassic marine fossils with more than 10,000 specimens to show people just how exciting and wonderful the world of fossils and dinosaurs really is.
The Dorchester Dinosaur Museum – Visit the only museum in the UK solely devoted to dinosaurs and their fascinating world
Chesil Beach – 18 miles long and, on average, 160 metres wide, this unique pebble and shingle tombolo is the UK’s longest natural beach and is sandwiched between the sea and the Fleet, a strip of freshwater with a unique ecology. The beach forms part of the World Heritage Site of the Jurassic Coast.
Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove – Durdle Door is a spectacular and world-famous natural rock arch, just along the coast path from Lulworth Cove, and has a sloping beach for bathing or snorkeling from, caves and exciting rock strata.
The South-West Coast Path – The heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery along the way are truly inspirational.
Boat trips – For a new perspective on the beautiful Jurassic Coast from out at sea, take a boat trip.
Escott Park – Find your way through the world-class maze, marvel at birds of prey displays, have a close encounter with a red squirrel, spot the otters and wild boar, dare to ride the unique (and scary!) woodland drop slide, and visit the Saxon village, indoor playbarn and woodland play areas amongst 220 acres of stunning parkland at this award-winning visitor attraction
Abbotsbury – Enjoy a day out to these three attractions, discount cards available for visitors to all three:
Abbotsbury Swannery – Walk through the heart of the world’s only managed colony of nesting mute swans.
Abbotsbury Children’s Farm – Meet, greet and feed the animals, ride the ponies, race the tractors, play in the large undercover play area, jump around on the new bouncy castle and bottle feed the lambs.
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens – A magical 30-acre garden filled with rare and exotic plants found by plant-hunters who travelled all over the world to find them
Iron Age Hill Forts – Lambert’s Castle and Coney’s Castle are less than a mile apart, but these ancient hill forts each have a unique character and a rich past. Walk in the footsteps of a local tribe settled who here in the Iron Age some 2500 years ago. Pilsdon Pen is also dominated by an Iron Age hill fort, but flint tools over 10,000 years old and two Bronze Age burial mounds are evidence that the site has a much longer history. On a clear day you can see stunning views in all directions over this area of outstanding natural beauty.
Crabbing in Beer – A picturesque and ancient fishing village with stunning coastal walks and a history of smuggling, Beer nestles in a sheltered bay and is famous for its crabs. You can also take a guided tour of Beer Quarry Caves, where Beer stone has been quarried for 2000 years and has been used in some of the UK’s most important buildings including Westminster Abbey.
The Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth – With 5,800 donkeys in their care, 500 of whom live at Slade Farm, you can discover their unique characters and stories. Cuddle the main yard donkeys, meet the adoption donkeys or spot a miniature in one of the fields!
Lyme Regis Aquarium – Discover close up the local fish and marine life of the Jurassic coast and learn about Lyme’s maritime history. Interact with the sea creatures by feeding the mullet, holding a starfish and stroking a lobster.
Bridport Museum – A friendly Dorset museum with free entry and nationally important collections!
Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum – Visit the charming village of Tolpuddle and learn of the harrowing tale of the Martyrs’ arrest, trial and punishment, leading to the foundation of modern day trade unionism. The museum is a modern, informative, and educational exhibition which uses interactive touch screen displays to tell the story in text and images.
Town Mill – Nestling around a cobbled courtyard in the heart of Lyme Regis, this restored watermill houses a working flour mill, pottery, brewery, cheesemonger and bakery.
Llama Trekking – Discover rural Dorset at a relaxing pace in the company of Llamas with personalised guided Trekking, Rambling and Walking Tours
Pecorama – Enjoy gardens, games and trains at the home of the world’s foremost manufacturer of model railway track.Visit the model railway exhibition, take a mile-long ride on the Beer Heights Light Railway through beautiful gardens, or enjoy the indoor soft play area.
Seaton Tramway – Ride on narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in East Devon’s glorious Axe Valley, travelling alongside the River Axe estuary through two nature reserves with an unrivalled view of the abundant wading bird life.
Jurassic Fun Centre – Perfect for a rainy day, this houses both a bowling alley and a watery play park with pool and three exhilarating slides, islands and water features as well as hot tub, sauna and steam rooms.
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