England’s incredible Jurassic Coast is a magnificent 95-mile World Heritage Site which covers 185 million years of history. From our base in Bournemouth, we explore the length of Dorset’s coast to appreciate this geological wonder and the towns which have graced these shores for centuries. We visit some of Dorset’s greatest attractions including Sir Walter Raleigh’s grand Sherborne Castle and Beaulieu, home of one of the country’s finest houses and best motor museums.
4 nights in Bournemouth (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to the Best Western Hotel Royale (3T). We aim for you to arrive at the hotel between 4pm and 5pm. Spend the remaining afternoon at leisure, relaxing in the hotel or familiarising yourself with your surroundings.
Day 2 Jurassic Coast
Our tour of Dorset’s fascinating coast starts with a visit to Weymouth; with an elegant Georgian sea front bordering a long arc of fine, golden sand, an old harbour and traditional beachfront amusements. Then, at Lulworth Cove Heritage Centre, we learn about the Jurassic coastline and the geological processes that created the different layers of limestone exposed in the beautiful cliffs. Our final destination is Poole, the quaint old port town famed for its large natural harbour, and the colourful pottery that has played an important part in art and design since 1873.
Day 3 Sherborne Castle
Sir Walter Raleigh acquired the old Sherborne Castle in 1552 and, after attempts to modernise it, decided to build an alternative home in its grounds. The original castle was reduced to ruin after the Civil War but Raleigh’s impressive turret-topped house remained, adopted the name of Sherborne Castle, and was extended and re-modelled by subsequent owners, used as a hospital during the First World War and requisitioned by the army in the Second World War. Today it reflects 400 years of English history in decoration, art and furniture. The glorious gardens are of equally impressive importance, with 30 acres of sweeping lawns and herbaceous borders, a 50-acre lake and a 1,000-acre parkland, that have hardly altered since Capability Brown shaped it; this was one of his first commissions.
Day 4 Beaulieu Motor Museum and Palace House & Gardens
We take a drive through the beautiful New Forest, Beaulieu has many treasures for us today. World-famous Beaulieu National Motor Museum offers a comprehensive insight into motoring, from the earliest motor carriages to cultural classics, Grand Prix greats and future automotive design ideas. Over 250 vehicles are on display, including favourites from TV and films, with a section dedicated to Top Gear and the cars which met a crumpled end trying to complete their challenges. Beaulieu Palace House is a more sedate place to explore; starting life as a medieval gatehouse, it is a fine example of Victorian grandeur, with Gothic character, family treasures and exhibitions on the prominent Montagu family. The Abbey Domus houses a fascinating look at medieval monastic life and the beautiful gardens include a Victorian Kitchen Garden, a fragrant Victorian Flower Garden and an informal Wilderness Garden.
Day 5 Bournemouth
Following breakfast, you will be collected at 10am by your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.