Dorset is blessed with both coast and countryside, so you are never far from a beautiful vista.
Spring is a fantastic time to see the new-born lambs running around our green rolling hills, visit colourful gardens or hike part of the South West Coast Path for unbeatable scenery.
With over 100 miles of coast, part of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there is always something new to see and do. Alongside fossil rich beaches, you’ll find dramatic landmarks such as Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and Old Harry Rocks, plus 15 miles of non-stop golden sandy beach running between Sandbanks and Hengistbury Head.
If your faithful friend is coming on holiday with you, we’ve got some pawsome dog-friendly beaches which are open all year round – so no one has to miss out on the fun. Feel the sun on your face and let the dogs run free while you enjoy an ice-cream or fish and chips by the sea.
Weymouth, Swanage, Poole and Bournemouth are Dorset’s largest seaside towns. They offer plenty of family friendly attractions, sandy beaches for sunny days, indoor activities for wet weather days plus fabulous places to eat and drink. So whatever your age, there is lots to keep everyone happy.
The Jurassic Coast is England’s only natural World Heritage Site. You can literally see 185 million years of the earth’s history in the rocks along the coast between Dorset and East Devon. If you want to go fossil hunting, Lyme Regis and Charmouth beaches are fantastic for this free activity suitable for all ages.
For an active break, why not have a go at rock climbing, diving or watersports on the Isle of Portland. You can try out the new craze of Wing Foiling or a more sedate option of paddleboarding or kayaking. Portland’s landscape is wild and rugged and like nowhere else in the county. It’s also home to the Portland Bill Lighthouse – a true icon of the Dorset coastline.
Over in the west of the county, Lyme Regis and West Bay are quaint harbourside towns with easy, flat walks around the harbour edge to watch the fishing boats come and go. You can find out about local history from the town museums, go on a boat trip along the coast or sample some delicious local produce from the cafes, pubs and restaurants.
Located in the east of the county, Christchurch has almost two of everything. Two rivers, two quays and two castles means there is double the fun in this picturesque, bustling town. You’ll also find sandy beaches and lovely coastal walks to explore this quaint corner of Dorset.
No matter whether you are visiting Dorset with your family, friends, partner or going solo, we’re sure you’ll go home
Photo credits: Swans and cygnets on nest at Abbotsbury Swannery, Durdle Door by Stephen Bankes, Portland Bill by Rod Edwards