Dorset

Bring the family for a day out and step behind the scenes of a Hollywood movie or bestselling novel in stunning Dorset. You can find your own Jurassic Park on beaches sprinkled with fossils and smuggler's caves or trace Thomas Hardy novels on open heaths and vales. The southwest county's dramatic coastline is an outdoor sculpture gallery with arches, stacks and coves carved by Mother Nature herself, a must-see attraction in Dorset. Casual amblers and serious ramblers alike can trek ridgeways between Bronze Age burial mounds and castle ruins. With so many incredible places to visit in Dorset you’ll leave knowing exactly why this county is incredibly popular for vacations and staycations alike.

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Bring the family for a day out and step behind the scenes of a Hollywood movie or bestselling novel in stunning Dorset. You can find your own Jurassic Park on beaches sprinkled with fossils and smuggler's caves or trace Thomas Hardy novels on open heaths and vales. The southwest county's dramatic coastline is an outdoor sculpture gallery with arches, stacks and coves carved by Mother Nature herself, a must-see attraction in Dorset. Casual amblers and serious ramblers alike can trek ridgeways between Bronze Age burial mounds and castle ruins. With so many incredible places to visit in Dorset you’ll leave knowing exactly why this county is incredibly popular for vacations and staycations alike.

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Peel away the layers of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

Peel away the layers of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

Trace a history that goes back millions of years as you meander Dorset’s famous Jurassic Coast, England’s first UNESCO Natural World Heritage site.

Location: Dorset

 
See the gardens in bloom in Bournemouth

See the gardens in bloom in Bournemouth

Head down to Bournemouth to see the extensive collection of gardens and enjoy the wide range of facilities on offer.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

 
Pier to Pier in Bournemouth

Pier to Pier in Bournemouth

Got a spare hour or two in Bournemouth? Then take a stroll between the two piers.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

 
Explore the West Bay coastline as seen on TV’s Broadchurch

Explore the West Bay coastline as seen on TV’s Broadchurch

Soak up the picture-perfect setting used in the TV series Broadchurch as you explore West Bay on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.

Location: West Bay, Dorset

 
Dive into the deep blue sea at Oceanarium

Dive into the deep blue sea at Oceanarium

Bournemouth's Oceanarium is a great indoor attraction that allows you to discover the secrets of the deep.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

 
All the fun of the fair with Dorset’s summer festivals

All the fun of the fair with Dorset’s summer festivals

Dorset entertains the whole family all summer long hosting an array of amazing events and festivals that are unique, nostalgic or just plain fun!

Location: Dorset

 
Visit one of Capability Brown’s finest landscapes

Visit one of Capability Brown’s finest landscapes

Celebrate Capability Brown’s tercentenary as you explore 42 acres of Sherborne Castle's beautiful gardens and soak up the beauty, peace and tranquility of this natural setting.

Location: Sherborne, Dorset

 
See Dorset from two wheels on a Jurassic Cycle Trail

See Dorset from two wheels on a Jurassic Cycle Trail

The Jurassic Coast Cycle Trails are 3 family-friendly routes designed to help you take in the splendors of the Weymouth and Portland coastline.

Location: Weymouth, Dorset

 
Take a family escape to the golden sands of Weymouth

Take a family escape to the golden sands of Weymouth

Dig your toes in the sand, paddle in the waves and make memories with the kids at this spectacular seaside town.

Location: Weymouth, Dorset

 
Take to the slopes in Dorset

Take to the slopes in Dorset

The Snowtrax alpine activity centre will transport you to the mountains for the day.

Location: Christchurch, Dorset

 
Make friends at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Make friends at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Home to over 250 rescued and endangered primates, this sanctuary lets you get up close and personal with all kinds of monkeys, gorillas and apes.

Location: Wareham, Dorset

 
Enjoy a luxurious camping trip at Crafty Camping

Enjoy a luxurious camping trip at Crafty Camping

Luxury glamping in a beautiful forest setting alongside Guy Mallinson’s Woodland Workshop, featured in the BBC Mastercrafts series.

Location: Holditch, Dorset

 
Indulge in a boutique break

Indulge in a boutique break

The 16th-century Bull Hotel was a former coaching inn that has been lovingly restored to a stylish hotel.

Location: Bridport, Dorset

 
Adventure like the Famous Five in Dorset

Adventure like the Famous Five in Dorset

Visit the Isle of Purbeck on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, which is said to have inspired Enid Blyton's books.

Location: Purbeck, Dorset

 
October events: Be wowed by Abbotsbury's Enchanted Illuminations

October events: Be wowed by Abbotsbury's Enchanted Illuminations

Discover an illuminated wonderland and Halloween display between 19 October and 3 November, at one of Dorset’s finest annual events.

Location: Abbotsbury, Dorset

 
Visit a movie star house

Visit a movie star house

Discover Bathsheba's 'Everdene Farm' from Far From the Madding Crowd in Dorset.

Location: Beaminster, Dorset

 
Kingston Lacy: an Italian palace in Dorset

Kingston Lacy: an Italian palace in Dorset

Home to a rather fabulous collection that includes pieces by Rubens, Van Duyck, Titian.

Location: Poole, Dorset

 
Watch Indie A-listers at the End of the Road Festival

Watch Indie A-listers at the End of the Road Festival

The intimate surroundings of the End of the Road Festival give you the chance to get up close and personal with the bands and their music.

Location: Larmer Tree Gardens, North Dorset

 
Find romance in the depths of Thomas Hardy Country

Find romance in the depths of Thomas Hardy Country

Enjoy woodland walks and cosy inns, and immerse yourself in the romantic landscape that this renowned writer called home.

Location: Dorset

 
Discover Dorset’s Myths and Legends

Discover Dorset’s Myths and Legends

Tour the many landmarks, dotted along Dorset’s beautiful coast and countryside, and uncover their fascinating tales.

Location: Dorset

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