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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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.

Bridport, Dorset

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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.

Poole, Dorset

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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.

Holditch, Dorset

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Make friends at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Make friends at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Home to over 250 rescued and endangered primates.

Wareham, Dorset

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Get up close with swans

Get up close with swans

Abbotsbury Swannery is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans.

Location: Abbotsbury, Dorset

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Camp at Corfe Castle

Camp at Corfe Castle

Explore this 1,000-year-old fortress above an eponymous Dorset village that's filled with wonky old cottages.

Location: Corfe, Dorset

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Wicked wildlife at Avon Heath Country Park

Wicked wildlife at Avon Heath Country Park

Miles of tracks at Avon Heath Country Park offer an opportunity to explore Dorset's internationally important heathland and its rare wildlife.

Location: St Leonards, Dorset

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Join the Swanage and Purbeck Walking Festival

Join the Swanage and Purbeck Walking Festival

Explore history, mystery and tales of great adventurers during the annual Swanage and Purbeck Walking Festival.

Location: Purbeck, Dorset

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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

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Join a celebration of Dorset seafood

Join a celebration of Dorset seafood

Taste some of the best seafood and see cooking demonstrations by famous chefs at the Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival.

Location: Weymouth & Portland, Dorset

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Thrills on the hills in Dorset

Thrills on the hills in Dorset

Get your heart racing with some high-octane fun in the Dorset countryside.

Location: Dorchester, Dorset

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Embark on a family safari in Dorset

Embark on a family safari in Dorset

Feed the fluffy cygnets, giggle at the gorillas or take a loveable donkey out for a picnic.

Location: Dorset

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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

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Tour the Dorset countryside on an electric bike

Tour the Dorset countryside on an electric bike

Bike with a difference with Dorset Electric Bike Centre and explore the wonders of the West Dorset AONB countryside.

Location: Dorchester, Dorset

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Enjoy a cycle ride along the seaside in Bournemouth

Enjoy a cycle ride along the seaside in Bournemouth

Step back in time and enjoy the natural Victorian beauty of Bournemouth’s award winning gardens with a one and a half mile cycle trail of the Central and Upper Gardens.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

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Take an exhilarating boat ride along Dorset’s stunning coastline

Take an exhilarating boat ride along Dorset’s stunning coastline

Explore the inaccessible parts of Dorset’s beautiful coastline, and its native wildlife, with a rip-roaring boat ride at 30 knots.

Location: Christchurch, Dorset

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Enjoy a romantic break surrounded by echoes of royal love

Enjoy a romantic break surrounded by echoes of royal love

Opulent comfort and English grandeur, in a house that once bore royalty.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

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Free your spirit along the Dorset coast

Free your spirit along the Dorset coast

Experience Purbeck’s surf and turf by learning to sail or horse ride through the waves.

Location: Studland, Dorset

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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

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Learn how to find fossils with a guided fossil walk

Learn how to find fossils with a guided fossil walk

Take the family on a fossil hunting walk along Charmouth Beach and uncover prehistoric history while walking along a dramatic stretch of coastline.

Location: Charmouth, Dorset

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