Dorset is a truly beautiful county, from the beautiful beaches and glorious countryside to the peaceful market towns and picturesque villages. There is so much to see and do in Dorset no matter what floats your boat; families will find a bounty of adventure trails and activities like rock climbing, archery, go-karting and kayaking. There are heaps of amazing attractions for days out with the kids – see swans hatching at Abbotsbury Swannery and then go for a relaxing stroll around the Subtropical Gardens, take a big step back in time at Corfe Castle, get up close to marine life at Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park, make like an ape at Monkey World, spot red squirrels on Brownsea Island, have a bird of prey experience at Dorset Falconry Park and reach dizzy new heights at Tunnel Treetops near Charmouth.
Discover Dorset’s beautiful beaches, each with their own character and spectacular coastal scenery; the unique stone arch at Durdle Door will astound, the sheer beauty of Lulworth Cove impress. Spend a day by the sea at Swanage or Weymouth, see the famous lighthouse at Portland Bill, go fossil hunting and mackerel fishing at Lyme Regis, soak up the quiet ambience at Burton Bradstock and Seatown.
If shopping is your thing go bargain hunting in Bournemouth or for something different browse the lively vintage quarter in Bridport; explore the city streets at Poole and make time for a leisurely cruise around the harbour. If history is high on the agenda you’ll love Sherborne Castle and the magnificent Abbey, the ‘cathedral of Dorset’. Take in the tranquility of Shaftesbury Abbey or for literature lovers there’s T E Lawrence’s home, Clouds Hill, and the cottage where Thomas Hardy was born at Higher Brockhampton. Dorset has several excellent museums to potter round and learn a thing or two – the county museum in Dorchester, the Teddy Bear Museum, the Dinosaur Museum, Terracotta Warriors Museum and the Tank Museum near Wareham. If you prefer time away from the crowds head out into the wilds; explore the hills and heaths of Hardy Country, see the enormous Cerne Abbas Giant carved into the chalk hillside, look out for wildlife at one of the many nature reserves, all beauty spots in their own right.
Dorset is a land of plenty and so much awaits you; walk the clifftops of the South West Coast Path, fill your baskets at a local farmer’s market, enjoy lazy picnics or pub lunches, pack in as much as you can and make the most of what Dorset has to offer. You’ll want to come back again and again because as the old saying goes – Dorset is bootiful.
All information correct at the time of writing