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Old School Toller Porcorum

2 School Lane
Toller Porcorum
Dorchester, Dorset DT2 0DF
+44 (0)1300 320046

Attractions & Events

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Attractions & Events

Stately Homes And Castles
Nature Attractions
Eating Out





Burton Bradstock (9 miles)

West Bay (10 miles)

West Bexington (9 miles)

Weymouth ('The sunniest place in Britain'  according to the met office!)(18 miles)

Chesil Beach (9 miles)

Lulworth Cove And Castle, Lulworth (27 miles)

Seatown And Golden Cap (12 miles) click_here

Lyme Regis (19 miles)



Monkey World, Wool (20 miles)

Dinosaur Museum, Dorchester (11 miles)

Sealife, Weymouth  (18 miles)

Pirate Adventure Mini Golf  (18 miles)

Adventure Wonderland, Bournemouth (38 miles)

Teddy Bear Museum, Dorchester (11 miles)

Abbotsbury Swannery, Tropical Gardens and Children's Farm (12 miles)

Great Dorset Maize Maze, Portisham (13 miles)

Swanange Railway, Swanage (38 miles)

Charmouth Fossil Hunting, Charmouth (16 miles)

Beer Quarry Caves, Beer (29 miles) click_here

Boat Trips, Weymouth (18 miles)

Boat Trips, West Bay (10 miles)



Dorset County Museum, Dorchester (11 miles)

The Keep Military Museum, Dorchester, (11 miles)

The Tank Museum, Wool (20 miles)

Dorset Heavy Horse Centre, Edmondsham (43 miles)

Dinosaur Museum, Dorchester (11 miles)

Fleet Air Arm Museum, Ilchester (20 miles)

The Tutankhamun Exhibition, Dorchester (11 miles)

Portland Sculpture Park (23 miles)


Stately Homes And Castles

Mapperton House

Minterne House, Minterne Magna (10 miles)

Kingston Maurward Gardens, Stinsford (12 miles)

Portland Castle (23 miles)

Nothe Fort, Weymouth (18 miles)

Montacute House, Montacute (20 miles) click_here

Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour (34 miles) click_here

Corfe Castle (33 miles)

Gold Hill, Shaftesbury (40 miles),_Shaftesbury

Sherborne Castle (21 miles)

Athelhampton House, Athelhampton (16 miles)

Forde Abbey, Chard (21 miles)

Kingston Lacy (30 miles)



Hardy's Cottage, Higher Bockhampton (13 Miles) click_here

Hardy's Max Gate, Dorchester (11 Miles)

The Cobb -  Lyme Regis - Jane Austen's 'Persuasion' and John Fowles' 'The French Lieutenant's Woman'

Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan



Maps of local walks available on arrival

Many footpaths start outside the Old School and link to the Wessex Way, Jubilee Trail and dozens of other routes.

Selection Of Local Walks


Celtic Hill Forts And Historic Walks

Eggardon Hill (2 Miles)

Pilsdon Pen (15 Miles)

Golden Cap (12 Miles)


Cerne Abbas Giant (8 Miles) click_here



Mountain biking and cycling trails click_here

Sea fishing

(Weymouth has the biggest charter fleet in the country and hosted the World Boat Angling Championships in 2005)

Fly-fishing within 6 miles at Mangerton Mill (a 17th century working water mill)


Diving -

Sailing - amongst the best in Britain - nearby Portland is the 2012 Olympic sailing site.


Boat Trips, Weymouth (18 miles)

Boat Trips, West Bay (10 miles)


Nature Attractions

Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve, Dorset Wildlife Trust's flagship reserve, is a traditional working farm with open access all year round. It is a nationally important site with a rich diversity of wildflower meadows (best time is June to July for wildflowers), woodlands, river and water meadows. Great for watching birds, deer, foxes, badgers, butterflies and even wild boar! (1/2 mile) - walk out of Old School and across a couple of fields.

The Kingcombe Centre (1 mile) an Environmental Education and Visitor Centre which runs a variety of wildlife, geological and art courses. It is open throughout the year to drop into and look around, and to sample the tea and home-made cakes. Wednesday afternoon walks around the reserve, with tea & cakes to finish.

Abbottsbury Swannery (12 miles) - 11th century Swannery where you can feed the swans, ducks and many other wild birds (cygnet hatching from mid-May to late June).

Radipole Lake, Weymouth (18 miles) - One of the best R.S.P.B. reserves in the country with many rare species, including the Bittern.

The Fleet Lagoon, Chesil Beach (12 miles) - A 12 mile long freshwater lagoon behind the Chesil Bank, stretching 10 miles from Abbotsbury to Portland harbour. An internationally important site for wading birds, etc. Take a cruise around the Fleet in a glass bottomed boat starting at Ferrybridge in Weymouth.

Portland Bill (23 miles) - One of the best places in Britain to see rare migrant birds and butterflies, and for sea birds, seals, etc.


Local Events

World Nettle Eating Competition, Marshwood, click_here (June)

Dorset Knob Throwing competition (early May)

Melplash Show  (late August)

Powerstock Cider Festival - as featured on River Cottage (April)

Dorchester Couny Show (early September)

Dorchester Steam Fair (early September)

Yeovilton Airshow (July)

Farmers' Markets: monthly or fortnightly at Bridport, Poundbury and Townbridge,Weymouth


Eating Out

Pubs (all have separate eating areas if preferred)

Spyway Inn, Askerswell 01308 485250 (Nearest & poss. cheapest)

Marquis of Lorne, Nettlecombe 01308 485236

Three Horseshoes, Powerstock 01308 485238

Crown, Uploders 01308 485356

Bridge Hotel - Beaminster - 01308 862200 The Brasserie opened last year at the rear of The Bridge Hotel in conservatory and is less expensive than their main restaurant but you can choose from both menus  - very relaxing atmosphere (main courses approx. £9- £16.00)

The Petit Canard Restaurant, Maiden Newton 01300 320536 - 3 courses approx £28.00

The Riverside, West Bay - 01308 422011

Cafes & Tearooms - reasonably priced

The Hive, Burton Bradstock - 01308 897070 - by the beach and has just been awarded ‘Best Coastal Café by the magazine ‘Coast'.  Only open until 4 pm or 5 pm but serves hot meals at lunchtime - specialises in local fish and seafood.  Very popular.

The Egg Cup Tearooms, Swyre  - on a chicken farm, hence the name (the chickens are a couple of fields away) - on road between Burton Bradstock and Abbotsbury - serves hot lunches and cream teas - reasonably priced.

No 64, Maiden Newton - 01300 320260
One of our popular haunts - accessed through the back of the newsagents and essential to book.  Opened last year for lunches and coffee and very busy - lunchtime meals for less than £5 -  very good value.

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