Five Fabulous & Fun Day-Trips

NationalTurst… and they’re all thanks to the National Trust. What we love about the National Trust tourist attractions is that you’re guaranteed an educational visit, as well as beautifully maintained properties and grounds. And of course, all entrance fees go towards the upkeep of these historic treasures, that are part of our country’s heritage.

So here’s our favorite five, that are local to Lancombe.

  1. Max Gate: the house that Hardy designed, and lived until he died in 1928. Dorchester, DT1 2AJ

For Adults? As well as exploring the history, there’s plenty of tea and cake available for your visit, from the kitchen.

For Children? There’s events a’plenty, with story-telling, poetry and even music and theatre in the garden.

For Dogs? They are welcome in the garden.


  1. Corfe Castle: A real Norman castle on a hilltop. Wareham, BH20 5EZ

For Adults? Amazing landscape, steeped in history, with regular events. Picnics are welcome, and there’s a tea room too that has a winter log fire. There’s also a very pretty village just a stroll away.

For Children? Many school holiday activities, medieval dress-up, archery, falconry and lots more.

For Dogs? They’re welcome to come along and enjoy too!


3. Hardy’s Cottage: a beautiful thatched cottage, where the man himself was born. Dorchester, DT2 8QJ

For Adults? Explore the wonderful grounds, including the flower-filled garden.

For Children? Activities in the visitor centre, as well as family trails.

For Dogs? They’re welcome on the woodland walks and in the cottage garden.


  1. Clouds Hill: a tiny isolated cottage; home of the writer and soldier Lawrence of Arabia. Wareham, BH20 7NQ

For Adults? A fantastic look into his life, including furniture that was designed by Lawrence himself.

For Children? Limited fun for the little ones, but picnics are welcome, which is always lovely with children.

For Dogs? Welcome in the grounds


  1. Burton Bradstock: One of the beautiful villages right on the Jurassic coast. Near Bridport, DT6 4RF

For Adults? Golden sandstone cliffs, miles of unspoilt beaches, a great seafood café.

For Children? Paddling, swimming, exploring.

For Dogs? Dogs are welcome, but there is a dog-free zone to take note of.


We’d love some feedback on your day trips so we can make some more recommendations to other guests. Please get in touch by email, with your favourites: