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Broadchurch filming locations
Starring names such as David Tenant and Olivia Colman, Broadchurch is a smash hit and National Television award-winning TV series filmed across locations in Dorset, including the cliffs of West Bay. Find out more and unveil these locations here.
Perhaps Dorset’s most iconic image, the majestic Durdle Door arch and the beautiful beach from which it extends is the jewel in the crown of the Dorset Coast and a must visit for anybody heading to Dorset.
Whilst Corfe Castle is dominated by its 10th century castle of the same name, the village itself is well worth paying a visit to, if only for a gentle stroll, a pub lunch and to enjoy dramatic views of the castle.
Dorset is home to an array of beautiful landscapes, ideal for stretching the legs and enjoying a stroll in a mix of sandy beaches, on the chalk clifftops or simply in the rolling valleys of the countryside.
Maiden Castle is one of the most complex and dramatic Iron Age hillforts in Europe. Let the kids explore their imagination as they pretend to reenact battles between Britons and invading Roman soldiers, as the latter sought to capture the fort in AD43.
Inspiring landscapes and traditional seaside towns in Dorset
Occasionally overlooked in favour of its westward neighbours, Dorset is a stunning English county packed with historic buildings, glorious beaches and family attractions, making it a super option for a British holiday close to the coast. Its varied landscapes are both unique and inspiring: the Jurassic Coast has formed the backdrop to numerous books and films, and it’s not difficult to see why when you explore the jaw-dropping magnificence of the likes of Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.
9 miles World Famous Sanctuary with over 600 free flying swans. Baby swans hatch mid-May to end June. Mass feeding 12pm and 4pm daily. Visit the website
Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre Portland (ASWC Portland) is a not-for-profit watersports centre offering sailing tuition, multi-activity and schools and groups packages for ages 5 plus.
Magnificent 15th Century Tudor Manor House with spectacular gardens. Don't miss the striking Pyramid shaped yew trees. Visit the House website
Serious shopping and entertainment centre. Tethered balloon flights, great beaches and top concerts throughout the year. Visit the Bournemouth website
Discover the town's history and see artefacts from a nearby Roman hill-fort and the world famous rope and net making industries. Visit the Museum website
The perfect day’s adventure, this island wildlife sanctuary is easy to get to but feels like another world from the moment you step ashore. The island sits in the middle of Poole Harbour, with dram
Uncover the secrets of Dorset's iconic medieval monument and discover how royalty, warfare and nature have shaped the castle.
17th century working watermill and Museum of Rural Bygones. Tea room, local crafts and trout fishing in a peaceful, rural setting. Visit the Dorset Guide website
160 rescued and endangered apes and monkeys including chimps and orangutans. Talks throughout the day and Great Ape play area for kids. Visit the website
Opened in 1967, the Mowlem Theatre is situated on the sea front at Swanage and has over 200 film productions a year as well as 60-100 nights of live theatre.
Kitesurfing school based on the Dorset coast with access to some of the best kitesurfing water in the UK. Taster sessions available. Visit the website
There's lots to do at one of Henry VIII’s finest coastal forts, built in the 1540s to protect against French and Spanish invasion. Visit the website