Although we are blessed with a lovely climate here in Dorset, there are, of course, days when you would rather be inside than out. With this in mind, here is a list of five things to do in Dorset and Somerset if the rain does arrive:
Fleet Air Arm Museum
RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset BA22 8HT
The Fleet Air Arm Museum represents the Royal Navy in the Air. With four exhibition halls, over ninety aircraft and over 2 million records and 30 thousand artefacts, this is Europe’s largest naval aviation museum. In addition, it houses the first British Concorde where you can go on board and view the cockpit and you can experience the award winning Aircraft Carrier Experience.
Haynes International Motor Museum
Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 7LH
A living and working museum, with over 400 amazing cars and bikes from nostalgic classics of the 50s and 60s, glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royces to exciting super cars of today, like the Jaguar XJ220 and the Ferrari 360. The prestigious Haynes International Motor Museum is the UK’s largest exhibition of the greatest cars from around the world.
The Tank Museum
Bovington, Dorset BH20 6JG
The Tank Museum brings the history of tanks and tank crew to life supported by the world’s best collection of tanks & action packed live displays. The exhibition tells 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.
The Tutankhamun Exhibition
High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1UW
This World Heritage Exhibition, currently shown in Dorchester, is the original Tutankhamun Exhibition established following the success of the Treasures of Tutankhamun Exhibition at the British Museum London. The Exhibition is unique for its innovative approach. It features Tutankhamun’s major treasures meticulously recreated, wherever possible, in their original materials. In addition, the ante-chamber and burial chamber Tutankhamun’s tomb have been accurately recreated together with all the tomb furniture and treasures, making it possible for you to experience the wonder of discovery and enter the tomb just as Howard Carter did when he discovered it in 1922.
Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium
The Cobb, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3JJ
If you are looking to stay near to the hotel, discover close up the local fish and marine life of the Jurassic coast and learn about Lyme’s maritime history. Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium is a traditional family run attraction which prides itself on offering visitors a fun and interactive insight into the sea creatures which inhabit our local waters. Situated at the end of the Cobb, Lyme’s iconic harbour wall, their mission is to spark your imagination, arouse curiosity and give you an appreciation of the amazing marine life which can be found along the Jurassic coast. The aquarium is brimming with local sea creatures, interesting presentations and historical exhibits, making it one of the most fascinating and enjoyable visitor attractions in West Dorset.
While your exploring the wonders of beautiful Dorset, there’s always a place for you to stay at the Alexandra Hotel. For any enquiries regarding your stay don’t hesitate to call or book online.