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Norman  Lockyer  Observatory

Near Sidmouth, Devon   WEBSITE

Even long-time residents don’t know about this impressive observatory, which opens its doors to the public on some afternoons. There’s a planetarium presentation, a tour of the exhibition area and telescope domes and possibly a demonstration of the radio station and/or weather satellite reception. Every Wednesday 2:30 starting 21 July; Southwest Astronomy Fair, 7 Aug 9-5.  If you’re intent on seeing through the telescopes, the Observatory holds public opening on clear nights.  
01395 579941 for dates.  £5/£2.50.

Philpot   Museum

Lyme Regis  WEBSITE

This museum may look small on the outside, but it’s packed with all kinds of exhibits.  In the quaintly charming building you’ll find galleries devoted to Lyme’s early and maritime history, its internationally important geology, its fossils and the many significant writers connected with the town, from Jane Austen to John Fowles — who served as its curator and did a lot to improve it. Wed-Sun 11-4, £3/free.


Town  Mill

Lyme Regis   WEBSITE

You’ll find lots to keep you busy at the Town Mill complex. Around this cobbled courtyard are restored mill buildings, an ancient working flour mill and a modern hydro-electric system that generates ‘green’ electricity. There are also two art galleries, a pottery, a knitwear studio, a tea and dining room, a cheesemonger, a newly opened microbrewery and the Miller’s garden.  The Sunday morning miller’s tour is really interesting. Mill Tours £2.50/£1.

Dorchester  County  Museum

Dorchester  WEBSITE

You may want to block off a whole afternoon to spend here.  You’ll find an array of fascinating galleries dealing with art, history, literature, natural sciences and geology. The galleries include many video displays, interactive exhibits and activity carts for children. The museum is home to over a million archaeological finds, from the Iron and Bronze Ages to the later medieval period. Daily 10-5. £6/adult, first two children free.  

Palmer’s Brewery Tour

Bridport  WEBSITE

Why not avoid getting damp and wet your whistle instead? Palmer’s Brewery has been operating since 1794. The tour around the only thatched brewery in Britain lasts around two hours and shows you each stage of the brewing process, ending with a tasting certificate and a commemorative brass tankard.
Weekdays 11.00 excl. bank holidays. £8.95 Booking advised. 01308 427500


Lyme Regis  WEBSITE

If you’re looking for a large collection of local Jurassic marine fossils, this is the place.  The samples are accompanied by thorough explanation and the Map room describes why Lyme Regis is such a good site for them.  It also shows you where to go to find your own. More exotic exhibits include real Chinese dinosaurs and a 73-kilo lump of dinosaur dung.  Daily 10–5, £5/£4.


Beer  Quarry  Caves


Philpot   Museum


Palmer’s Brewery Tour


Tutankhamun Exhibition


Nothe Fort

Tank Museum

Beer  Quarry  Caves

Beer, Devon  WEBSITE

Nothing is as atmospheric as a cave on a rainy day. Take a guided tour at this man-made complex of underground caverns, which were created by quarrying of Beer Stone.  It was first worked by the Romans and later it supplied stone for 24 cathedrals including St. Pauls, and for the Tower of London and Windsor Castle.
Monday April 18th. to end September 10.00AM. Last tour 5.00PM.

October daily 11.00 AM. Last tour 4.00 pm  £6/£4.50.  


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