Travel back through the centuries on a coastal break in Dorset

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Explore Dorset’s eclectic range of castles, country houses and forts and journey back in time on a steam train.

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Embark on a journey back in time aboard a steam train on Swanage Railway, and enjoy beguiling views whilst weaving through the countryside on your journey to the seaside town of Swanage.  Stop on route to explore Corfe Castle, one of Britain's most iconic and evocative survivors of the English civil war, and a favourite for adults and children alike.  

Dorset is the perfect place to travel back through the centuries to explore fascinating architecture and artefacts with an eclectic range of castles, country houses and forts.  

Why not tread in the footsteps of the landed gentry at one of Dorset’s fascinating country houses, including Highcliffe Castle near Christchurch and Kingston Lacy House in Wimborne? Both houses burst to life in spring with spectacular floral displays, making them perfect for a springtime visit.

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