10 places to visit in Dorset this summer


Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens


Set in its own micro climate in a woodland valley, the dreamy Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens flourish with rare and exotic plants from all over the world, including eucalyptus and banana plants. Bring your dog along on a lead and admire blissful views of the Jurassic Coast from the top of Magnolia Avenue and ramble along palm tree-lined pathways.

Find out more

Food Rocks

Lyme Regis

A post shared by Kate Cargill (@kcargs) on

Get ready for a food-fuelled weekend on the 8th and 9th September in the charming seaside town of Lyme Regis. Cooked up by celebrity chef and Lyme Regis native, the two-day festival celebrates food producers from the South West and also features seafood supper clubs hosted by Hix and demos and masterclasses by foodie experts.

Find out more

Gold Hill


A post shared by Jayne (@jayne.stuart) on

For true Instagram perfection, head for Shaftesbury’s Gold Hill (AKA Hovis Hill) which is picture-perfect in any season but takes on a golden hue in the summer sun. Head along the Park Walk for views over the 12th-century market town and across Dorset’s Blackmore Vale.

Find out more

Brownsea Island


With a mix of habitats including woodland, heathland, lagoon and seaside, Brownsea Island, in the middle of Poole Harbour, is an ideal setting for wildlife like the red squirrel, sika deer, peacocks along with common lizards, dragonflies and butterflies in the summer months. And don't miss their open-air theatre performances from 25th July to 10th August.

Find out more

Beachside Bungalows at Bournemouth


A post shared by Duncan Craig (@duncancraig_) on

Stay in one of 15 stylish beach lodges lining the waterfront on Bournemouth beach. Sleeping up to five adults (or two adults and two children), the pretty cottages have direct access to one of Britain’s best beaches, and they’re pet-friendly too.

Find out more

Corfe Castle


A post shared by Richard Scrope (@richardscrope) on

This year marks the 76th anniversary of the publication of Enid Blyton’s Five on a Treasure Island. To celebrate, visit the dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle – renamed Kirin Castle for Blyton’s series. From there, hop on the steam train to the super cute coastal town of Swanage

Find out more

The Seaside Boarding House


A post shared by Sarah Swords (@beehive52) on

Drop your bags off at this chic hotel in Burton Bradstock overlooking the glorious Lyme Bay. Here, you can dine on an abundant of local fare, including Bridport smoked kippers and organic bacon for breakfast, or a crab sandwich wrapped in greaseproof paper if you’d rather make a beeline for the beach.

Find out more

Rick Stein, Sandbanks


For a meal with a lovely view of the deep blue, head to the Rick Stein’s restaurant in Sandbanks, near Poole. Feast on local seafood while looking out over the marina and towards Brownsea Island in the distance.

Find out more

Durdle Door

Jurassic Coast

A post shared by irclare (@irclare) on

One of the most impressive sights along the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast, the huge natural stone arch called Durdle Door is definitely bucket list material. A walk or swim there can take in other lovely spots such as Lulworth Cove and Man of War Beach.

Find out more

Lyme Regis Museum

Lyme Regis

A post shared by Booblepie (@booblepie) on

Indulge your inner palaeontologist with a visit to the Lyme Regis Museum, reopened in July 2017. Discover its new extension devoted to the famed female fossil hunter Mary Anning, and join one of its well-known fossil walks, which are available even while the museum is closed.

Find out more
05 Nov 2019(last updated)

Don’t miss

Castle Howard at Christmas

5 Christmas events in stately homes

Best festive places for a christmas break

9 fantastically festive places for a Christmas break

Toddlers playing with a hands-on activity at an attraction in the UK.

7 hands-on indoor attractions for toddlers

Characters in front of a ride at Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park

7 toddler-friendly theme parks and play areas

Punting on the River Cam in Cambridge.

Short breaks: 24 hours in Cambridge

A person on a footpath on the coastal path towards Praa Sands.

8 unmissable experiences on England's Coast

  • 1


  • 2

    Lyme Regis

  • 3


  • 4


  • 5


  • 6


  • 7


  • 8


  • 9

    Jurassic Coast

  • 10

    Lyme Regis

VisitEngland would like to invite you to take part in a short survey about our website, it should take no more than a couple of minutes.

Go to the survey

To add items to favourites …

… you need to be logged in.

If you already have an account, log in.

Or register a

Access your account

Enter your e-mail address or username.
Enter the password that accompanies your e-mail.
Forgot your password? Recover your account
Don't have an account? Register an account