Local Attractions

Situated one mile north of the historic market town of Wimborne, Wilksworth is an ideal base from which to visit the many attractions that the local area has to offer.

On your doorstep there is the beautiful Cranborne Chase, the New Forest, Hardy country and miles of golden beaches stretching from Swanage to Bournemouth with a spectacular costal path to explore. Below we have outlined just a few of the main attractions and sights for you to see during your stay at Wilksworth.

Wimborne Minster

The Minster has existed for over 1300 years and is a Saxon Church, with Norman and Gothic architecture. It is famed for its unique chained library (one of the few survivng chained libraries in the world) and the tombs of King Ethelred, the brother of Alfred the Great, as well as the tombs of John Beaufort, Duke of Somerset, and his duchess, the maternal grandparents of King Henry VIII of England. Also to be found in Wimborne Minster the town are a host of local and traditional shops, a model town, a selection of restaurants and over 10 pubs and bars to choose from!

(Distance from Park: 5min drive or 20-30min walk)

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Cranborne Chase

Cranborne Chase is on Wilksworth’s doorstep, in total it covers 380 sq miles of Wiltshire, Dorset, Hampshire, and Somerset. It is the 6th largest of 41 Area’s of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are countless amounts of fantastic walks and cycle rides to be found throughout Cranborne Chase which give a true sense of the local countryside.

(Distance from Park: Approx 5min drive)

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Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy is a elegant country mansion with important collections, set in attractive formal gardens and extensive parkland. Some of the many things you can see and do there include an outstanding collection of Old Master paintings, with works by Van Dyck, Titian and Brueghel. Many fantastic rooms preserved and kept as they have been for hundreds of years. A wooded parkland with magnificent snowdrop displays in early spring and a children’s adventure playground and Badbury Iron Age hill-fort, Badbury Rings. There is also a cafe and shop.

(Distance from Park: Approx 10-15min drive)

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New Forest

The New Forest is a large National Park which is found in Hampshire but also covers some of Wiltshire. The New Forest is a genuine walker’s paradise with many circular and linear routes with many local pubs and villages never far away for those who like the odd pint or two on route! The Forest also has much to offer in wild life where ponies and cattle freely graze the land and help to keep the patchwork of different habitats intact. Deeper in the forest, wild deer browse beneath canopies of mighty oak and beech natural scenes unchanged by the modern world. This is only a short drive from Wilksworth and a great day out.

(Distance from Park: Approx 20min drive)

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Poole and Sandbanks

Poole is a large English costal town Borough, port and tourist destination, situated on the shores of the English Channel, in Dorset. It has much to offer from the large Dolphin shopping centre in the centre of town to the quay where you can take a boat trip around the worlds second largest natural habour or over to the famous Brownsea Island. Poole is also home to Sandbanks also known as “millionaires row” where you can find mile after mile of golden beaches!

(Distance from Park: 20-30min drive)

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Bournemouth

Bournemouth is a large town and tourist resort, situated on the south coast of England. It is a great place to visit with many attractractions. It has an extensive amount of high street shops, cinemas, bowling, and one of the largest clubbing and bar scenes in south England. There is also Bournemouth gardens which have won numerous awards and a great place to relax on any hot summers day. A short walk from the town centre are the extensive sandy beaches which join with sandbanks.

(Distance from Park: 20-30min drive.)

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Monkey World

Set amongst the woodland of Dorset lays 65 acres of sanctuary for over 150 primates. Monkey World was set up in 1987 by Jim and Alison Cronin to provide abused Spanish beach chimps with a permanent, stable home. Today Monkey World works in conjunction with foreign governments from all over the world to stop the illegal smuggling of apes out of Africa and Asia. At the park visitors can see more than 150 primates of 15 different species. It makes a great day out for all the family and inlcudes a large adventure play area, pets corner and cafe/restaurant and shop.

(Distance from Park: 30-40min drive)

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Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle is a small village and ruined castle dating back to the 11th century, situated in a gap in the Purbeck Hills, eight kilometres (five miles) south of Wareham, in Dorset, England. During the English Civil War, the castle twice came under siege by Parliamentarian forces. After the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, the Bankes family regained their properties. Rather than rebuild or replace the ruined castle they chose to build a new house at Kingston Lacy on their other Dorset estate near Wimborne Minster. It is now a national trust site and a great place to visit

(Distance from Park: Approx 40min drive)

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Durdle Door

Durdle Door is a natural limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast near Lulworth in Dorset, England.Durdle Door is a popular tourist “honeypot,” as it is a short walk from the equally popular Lulworth Cove, and lies on the South West Coast Path. Within walking distance of the car park at Lulworth are these two unique landforms, the remnants of a fossilised forest and examples of common rock types from the Jurassic and Cretaceous. The area is part of the 95 mile (153 km) Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and is one of the most visited natural tourist attractions in the country. It makes a fantastic day out with many small coves to be discovered in this area.

(Distance from Park: Approx 40min drive)

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