The village of Abbotsbury’s home to a pair of popular natural attractions – a huge swan sanctuary and a 200-year-old tropical garden. You’ll visit the latter first, after an hour-long drive from the port. The Abbotsbury Gardens are made up of 20 acres of plant and tree-filled meadows. The climate in the area’s perfect for growing exotic flowers like camellias and magnolias, which serve as some of the garden’s centrepieces. You’ll have 45 minutes to explore the groves and walk along the wooded trails, before getting back on the coach for a 20-minute journey to Abbotsbury Swannery. This swan sanctuary’s been around since 1393, and today over 1,000 mute swans – a species that’s naturally quieter than other swans – use this place as a nesting area. You'll have plenty of time during your visit to walk along the waterfront and take some photos of the swans. Adult price from £38.
After a scenic drive through Dorset’s countryside, you’ll learn all about Corfe Castle’s historical credentials on this tour. It’s perched on a hill above Corfe village, and the building dates back over a thousand years. It was a key stronghold for the likes of William the Conqueror and King John, and was even the setting for the grisly murder of Edward the Martyr. You’ll get all the details as you tour the castle’s ruins, before getting the chance to explore Corfe village. Adult price from £38.
This whistle-stop tour takes in the seaside town of Weymouth and the Isle of Portland’s historical highlights. You’ll start with a visit to Weymouth, driving along the postcard-pretty Victorian Esplanade before pausing to take some photos on the beach – this sandy stretch used to be a favourite holiday haunt of King George III. Then, you’ll head back to Portland. En route, your guide will tell you all about the island’s chequered past, from its history as a haven for smugglers to its importance during World War Two. A visit to cliff-perched Portland Bill lighthouse is on the agenda, as well as a stop at the Olympic Rings monument. This striking stone structure is a tribute to Portland’s role as host of the 2012 Olympic Games' sailing events, and comes complete with camera-ready coastal views.
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