Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

EARLY HISTORY
Established in 1765 by the first Countess of Ilchester as a kitchen garden for her nearby castle. Developed since then into a magnificent 30 acre garden filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world. Many of these plants were first introductions to this country, discovered by the plant hunting descendants of the Countess.

THE GARDEN TODAY
After the great storm of 1990, a major restoration project has been underway. Many new exotic and unusual flowers have been introduced to this fabulous Dorset Garden.

The Garden is a mixture of formal and informal flowers, world famous for it’s Camellia groves and magnolias. Noted in Dorset for its Rhododendron and Hydrangea collections and the charming Victorian Garden.

Facilities include the Colonial Restaurant, a quality gift shop and a fantastic plant centre where many of the flowers grown in the Garden can be purchased.

The Colonial Restaurant is also a superb wedding venue and is fully licensed.

Regular events take place at the Garden including the floodlighting of the Garden in October. Hallowe’en is a major feature during the floodlighting when thousands of visitors dress in Hallowe’en costumes and the Restaurant becomes a centre for Hallowe’en celebrations.

Don’t miss stunning views of the Dorset Jurassic Coast from the viewpoint at the top of the Magnolia Walk.

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Address
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens
Butler’s Way
Abbotsbury
Nr Weymouth
Dorset
DT3 4LA

Website: http://abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk/gardens
Events webpage: http://abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk/gardens/events
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TropicalDorset
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AbbotsburySubtropicalGardens

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The Keep Military Museum

The Keep Military Museum is housed in an imposing Portland Stone building on the western side of Dorchester – just look for the castle! We attract all ages and are will be introducing more family and children’s activities over the coming months. We appeal to the family historian, the military historian, the local historian – indeed anyone with an interest in history and heritage. We aim to educate, to inspire and also to honour the sacrifices made by the members of our Regiments. Our displays cover four floors and include uniforms, weapons, silverware, painings, badges, personal artefacts, photographs, documents and a splendid collection of medals. Wherever possible to we try to tell the human story behind the exhibit. Check out our First World War Officer’s Dug-Out and Other Ranks bunk-room for a taste of life in the trenches too. It’s also worth going up on our roof for views all around Dorchester and the surrounding countryside – information boards tell you what you are looking at.

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Address
The Keep Military Museum
Barrack Road
Dorchester
Dorset
DT1 1RN

Website: http://www.keepmilitarymuseum.org
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheKeepMuseum
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/keepmilitarymuseum

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Poole Museum

Poole Museum is housed in four closely connected but very different buildings.

You enter through the new atrium building, designed by architects Horden Cherry Lee, and completed in 2007. The site was once occupied by Poole’s first public library, founded in 1830.

You then walk through into Oakley’s Mill, a Victorian grain warehouse and flour mill with floors supported by heavy beams and posts. The medieval Ship Inn used to occupy this site and, from that building, we have a remarkable set of carved timbers – two of which are displayed on the First Floor. This building houses the museum displays and the offices of the Borough of Poole Museum Service and Arts Development Unit.

The third building is the Town Cellars. Originally built about 1300, it has impressive stone walls and a magnificent timber roof. Built as a medieval warehouse it is now the Local History Centre.

Across Salisbury Street is the fourth building, Scaplen’s Court, Poole’s most complete medieval domestic building. This is now principally dedicated to the Museum education service. The herb and physic garden is open throughout the summer and Scaplen’s Court can be visited during August.

Together these buildings form Poole Museum, which tells the story of the area that is now the Borough of Poole. It is a fascinating story that will take you through thousands of years, across oceans and into the lives of many Poole people.

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Address
Poole Museum
4 High Street
Poole
Dorset
BH15 1BW

Website: http://museum.microsite.poole.gov.uk
Events webpage: http://museum.microsite.poole.gov.uk/whats-on
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PooleMuseum
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PooleMuseum

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Bridport Museum

Bridport Museum

Bridport Museum is a friendly Dorset Museum with internationally important collections. Most significantly, our outstanding collection charting Bridport’s unique rope and net industry.

A chap called Captain Codd gave the Museum building to Bridport Borough Council in the 1930s on the condition that the Council would pay for the necessary alterations to turn it into a museum and art gallery.

The Council also bought his art collection for a nominal fee of £20. It opened on 28th May 1932 and was administered by Bridport Borough Council until 1974.

Captain Codd was a keen amateur artist and his paintings form the basis of the Fine Art Collection today.

In 2000, following refurbishment of the Museum, the Local History Collection, office and reserve collections were moved into The Coach House in Gundry Lane. The Local History Centre is now open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and manned largely by volunteers.

The Museum gained full Registration in March 2002 through the development of new displays and work on documentation of the collections by a dedicated team of volunteers. In November 2002, after 28 years of ownership, West Dorset District Council handed over the building, collections and staff to the Bridport Museum Trust, an independent charitable trust set up to manage the organisation. The Council continues to provide funding and support to the Trust.

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Address
Bridport Museum
25 South Street
Bridport
Dorset
DT6 3NR

Local History Centre
The Coach House
Gundry Lane
Bridport
Dorset
DT6 3RJ

Website: http://www.bridportmuseum.co.uk
Events webpage: http://www.bridportmuseum.co.uk/#!whatson/c436
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BridportMuseum
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BridportMuseum

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