Durdle Door Path

Camping in Dorset

Welcome to Dorset

Take a trip south and visit this gorgeous part of England well known for its Jurassic Coast, a stretch of cliffs containing many fossils. Dorset also holds some of the greatest beaches including the curious Chesil Beach, an 18-mile long shingle beach creating its own long lagoon along the coast. If it's a beach holiday you're after, try camping in Dorset.

Dorset is also home to the West Dorset Heritage Coast and the Dorset AONB, perfect for walkers and hikers to explore and enjoy. Right on the edge of the boundary is the famous beach-side town of Lyme Regis. Known as the Pearl of Dorset, it is an unmissable stop on your journey. 

Why you should use our YHA campsite in Dorset:

  • Unique campsite location based on the Isle of Portland
  • Close to the centre of Weymouth
  • Perfect base for walkers and watersports enthusiasts
  • Flat, well-kept camping grounds

YHA Hostels with camping in Dorset

YHA Portland Grounds

YHA Portland

Camping is available from £5 per person per night. 

Set on the gem that is the isle of Portland, this beautiful building houses the perfect grounds for camping in Dorset, teaming the stunning architecture of the hostel with views over the Lyme Bay and Portland Harbour. The perfect location for a camping holiday in Dorset.

Portland offers access to a wide array of activities including climbing, sailing, diving, windsurfing and sea-kayaking. Once you've been out and explored this stunning part of Dorset, settle down on the well-kept grounds at the rear of the hostel. Campers have 24 hour access to the hostel and its amenities including a dedicated campers' shower, the choice between an indoor self-catering or outdoor kitchen, and a BBQ area.

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YHA Lulworth Cove

YHA Lulworth Cove

Camping is available from £5 per person per night. 

Enjoy your night in the beautiful rolling hills of Dorset and pitch up in the perfect spot in West Lulworth. YHA Lulworth Cove offers camping accommodation in Dorset for up to 12 people. The grounds are set to the side of the hostel and have a great view across the hills and the surrounding landscape.

If you're a two wheeled adventurer, our cycle store offers security and peace of mind when you're relaxing for the night. Or, if you prefer your action to be on the water, there's also the wet suit drying store available. All other amenities inside the hostel are also available to campers.

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Things to do in Dorset 

Durdle Door

Durdle Door

This natural limestone phenomenon has been carved into the landscape through millions of years of erosion, eventually creating this stunning archway just off the edge of the beach. Durdle Door makes for a fantastic photo opportunity, a great place to relax and enjoy the sand between your toes, or somewhere to watch the sun go down over the horizon.

Corfe Castle Ruins

Corfe Castle

Built in the 11th century by none other than William the Conqueror, Corfe Castle is a set of ruins sat atop the village of Corfe on the Isle of Purbeck. This spot makes for a great photo opportunity as well as a chance to get up close with history.

Tank Museum

Tank Museum

Lose yourself among tonnes of the strongest and hardest machines on the earth. Bring the history of the tank and their crew to life at this exhibition of engineering as well as taking rides in functioning vehicles and watching the Tanks in Action displays.

Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island

Accessible by boat, Brownsea Island is home to a nature reserve and so, a superb deal of wildlife is to be seen. If you're lucky, you might spot a red squirrel, Silka deer or roaming peacock! 

Also available in Dorset