The Tank Museum
Our exhibitions tell the story of armoured warfare from World War One to the present day. As you explore the Museum's six large halls you will come face to face with vehicles that have seen action in all the major wars of the 20th Century and hear first-hand accounts from those who fought in them.
This unique collection of over 300 vehicles is regarded as the best in the world and includes the world's first ever tank - Little Willie, the feared German Tiger tank and the modern Challenger 2.
Other things to do nearby
A friendly, colourful seaside town with an award winning beach, amazing chalk pillars of Old Harry's Rocks and a very English Victorian pier.
Opened in 1967, the Mowlem Theatre is situated on the sea front at Swanage and has over 200 film productions a year as well as 60-100 nights of live theatre.
Explore the beautiful countryside around Swanage on the old steam trains that chuff along to Corfe Castle and beyond. Visit the website
Uncover the secrets of Dorset's iconic medieval monument and discover how royalty, warfare and nature have shaped the castle.
One of the UK’s finest beaches and extensive nature reserve. Enid Blyton lived here, so look for Policeman Plod’s thatched cottage!
The perfect day’s adventure, this island wildlife sanctuary is easy to get to but feels like another world from the moment you step ashore. The island sits in the middle of Poole Harbour, with dram
Serious shopping and entertainment centre. Tethered balloon flights, great beaches and top concerts throughout the year. Visit the Bournemouth website
Just five minutes away from the South West Coastal Path, literally behind the hostel, Litton Cheney is the perfect stop over on your journey to Land's End.
If you're looking for a more adventurous break, mountain biking around the Lulworth area of Dorset will get the legs and adrenaline pumping.
Once you leave the village of West Lulworth, you'll discover flatter areas, perfect for a relaxed bike ride.
This lovely area is great for water sports. The Jurassic Kayak Tours offer accompanied treks past Durdledoor and to the East and West of the cove.
The whole of Purbeck area, a lot of which is An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is just waiting to be explored.
There are some great routes including Chalk Ridge between Corfe Castle and Old Harry Rocks, it's quite steep at first but suitable for all levels and there's stunning views on either side.
Cycling is very popular in Dorest, thatched villages and quiet lanes make it easy to get off the beaten track and explore the tranquil terrain. Here the pace is leisurely and the going is easy.
In Poole Harbour you can try your hand at something less 'wet'...parasailing!
Get back to nature and stride out on foot to explore the beauty of this part of the country.