Athelhampton House & Gardens – 3 miles

One of the finest 15th Century houses in England surrounded by glorious Grade I Listed garden with fountains, pools and waterfalls. More information

Athelhampton House

Abbotsbury Swannery - 11 miles

Home to up to 600 mute swans. More information

Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens – 10 miles

Twice winner of silver award at Chelsea and silver gilt at Hampton Court Show. Magnificent Victorian walled garden set in 20 acres of woodland valley where the unique micro climate enables rare and exotic species from all over the world to thrive here. Children's adventure play area. Nature trail. More information

Badger Watch – 5 miles

From the hide, enjoy the unique sight of badgers emerging from their setts and foraging for food. The area is floodlit for perfect vision and visits from owls, foxes, rabbits and bats add to the spectacle. More information

The Blue Pool – 21 miles

Designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1985, the pool changes colour by the minute according to the variations in the weather and the light. More information

Brownsea Island – 20 miles

A haven for wildlife, including red squirrels, peacocks and deer. More information

Cerne Abbas Giant - 5 miles

A huge outline of a giant sculpted into the chalk hillside above the pretty village of Cerne Abbas. More information


Clouds Hill – 14 miles

The rural retreat of T E Lawrence. More information

Corfe Castle – 18 miles

One of the most evocative ruined castles in England with over 1000 years of turbulent history. More information

Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park – 23 miles

One of the top wildlife parks in the South West housing over 600 rare and endangered species. The house was “Grantleigh Manor” in the T V series “To the Manor Born.” More information

Dorchester – 4 miles

County Town of Dorset - large country town with Roman origins, lots of shops, and a market on Wednesday. Georgian buildings off the main streets. Local author and poet Thomas Hardy based the fictional town of Casterbridge on Dorchester. More information


Dorset County Museum – 4 miles

An array of fascinating galleries covering natural science, geology, art, history and literature. Free audio-guide. Roman mosaic flooring, treasures of Maiden Castle, geology, national and local history, Thomas Hardy's study, 20 min film of Roman invasion of Maiden Castle. More information

Golden Cap - 23 miles

Part of the Jurassic coastline and the highest point on the south coast, rich in wildlife and unusual geology. More information

Hardy Monument - 10 miles

Erected in 1844 in memory of Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, Flag-Captain of HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. More information

The Keep Military Museum – 4 miles

A modern museum housed in a Grade II listed building that tells the stories of those who served in the regiments of the counties of Devon and Dorset for the last 310 years, including the Militia and Volunteers. The Museum has a car park, shop and disabled access. More information


Kingston Lacy – 13 miles

A 17th century house owned by the National Trust with an outstanding collection of paintings. More information

Kingston Maurward – 4 miles

Formal gardens laid out in the Arts and Crafts style of the Edwardian period with a stunning ornamental lake in front of the 18th Century Mansion House. Kingston Maurward has been described as "one of Dorset's best kept secrets!" The Animal Park has a collection of miniature Shetland Ponies, donkeys, rabbits and guinea pigs. More information

Kingston Mauward House

Lulworth Cove – 12 miles

Part of the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline and one of the finest examples of such a landform in the world, Lulworth Cove and nearby Durdle Door are popular tourist locations, with over 1 million visitors a year. More information

Lulworth Castle – 12 miles

Built between 1608 and 1610 and host to seven British Monarchs. More information

Maiden Castle – 5 miles

The largest Iron Age hill fort in Europe covering an area of 47 acres. The finest known example of a prehistoric fort in this country, with enormous earthworks and complicated entrances. Free Entrance. More information

Max Gate - 6 miles

The home designed and lived in by the novelist and poet, Thomas Hardy. More information

Mill House Cider Museum - 12 miles

An unusual venue with a collection of clocks, cider museum, shop and nursery. More information

Minterne House and Gardens – 6 miles

Home of the Churchill and Digby families since 1620. Important rhododendron garden with many fine and rare trees, landscaped in 18th century with lakes, cascades and streams. More information

Monkey World – 11 miles

Amongst the woodland of Dorset lays 65 acres of sanctuary for over 150 primates of 15 species. 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. More information


Old Crown Court – 4 miles

Experience two hundred years of gruesome crime and punishment in a setting little changed over the years. The Court is famous for the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs in 1834. More information

Roman Town House – 4 miles

The only Roman Town House to be seen in its entirety in Britain. Free entrance. More information

Studland Beach and Nature Reserve - 27 miles

Glorious sandy beaches stretching for 3 miles and a haven for rare birds and other native wildlife. More information

Swanage Railway – 22 miles

Dorset's premier award winning standard gauge preserved steam railway. More information

Tank Museum – 5 miles

One of the world’s largest collections of armoured fighting vehicles. More information


Teddy Bear Museum – 4 miles

Edward Bear and his family of people-sized bears live in this delightful museum. More information

Terracotta Warriors Museum – 4 miles

The only museum outside China exclusively dedicated to the amazing Terracotta Warriors with replicas of the warriors, their costume and armour. More information

Tolpuddle Museum – 5 miles

A modern exhibition telling the story of the foundation of the trades unions. Colourful banners and imac touchscreens tell the story of the 6 Martyrs of Tolpuddle who were transported to Australia in 1834 after forming a trade union. More information

Martyrs Museum

The Tutankhamun Exhibition - 4 miles

Tutankhamun's tomb perfectly reconstructed for the first time outside of Egypt. Facsimiles of his magnificent treasures including his golden burial mask. More information

Zorbsouth - 7 miles

Enjoy the thrill of harness and Hydro Zorbing down a 200m fully landscaped run. More information
Attractions in the area

We feel that Piddlehinton is an ideal base from which to explore West Dorset. It is centrally located so you can choose whether to be in the countryside or by the coast. Listed below are a selection of places you may like to visit.

Click on the heading for more information. The approximate distance from the cottage is given and there are links to other websites where relevant.