Visit & Stay

Sturminster, a great place to explore

Sturminster Newton is located in the heart of the Blackmore Vale, “Tess’s Country” in Thomas Hardy’s Wessex novels, and surrounded by picturesque Dorset countryside. There is plenty for all to do – a cycle ride along the North Dorset Trailway, a walk along the Stour or a picnic by the ancient Sturminster Mill that has long been a landmark for the town.

The town also provides a great base for exploring the wealth of attractions that Dorset has to offer.  Whether you want to spend a family day out at Longleat Safari Park, a quiet afternoon in Sherborne Abbey, climb Gold Hill in Shaftesbury or take a stroll around the gardens at Stourhead, Sturminster Newton is a great place to base yourself.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites are within easy reach. The Neolithic landscape of Stonehenge has been a pull for tourists through history and the natural beauty of the Jurassic Coast – a geological tapestry spanning the Dorset and East Devon coastline – provides a treasure trove of attractions. 

For those in need of retail therapy there is plenty of choice from the bustling Dorchester to the market towns of Wimborne and Shaftesbury. After a day out with the kids at Monkey World or exploring nearby Sherborne, you can unwind with a glass of wine in one of the pubs or cafes the local area has to offer

Whether you are visiting for a weekend or longer, Sturminster Newton is the perfect location for your  Dorset holiday.