View of Durdle Door in Dorset from the cliff top

Places to stay in Dorset

 

    Welcome to Dorset

    Explore the Jurassic Coast in Dorset.

    Located in the south west of England, Dorset is famous for its Jurassic Coast where the cliffs contain fossils and rock formations which show millions of years of history. Stand out geographical features include Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.

    YHA Hostels in Dorset

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    YHA Portland

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    Things to do in Dorset

    Five free things to do in Dorset

    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.

    Durdle Door

    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.

    Corfe Castle

    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.

    Beach walks

    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

    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.

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    Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre Portland

    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.

    Bournemouth

    Bournemouth

    Serious shopping and entertainment centre. Tethered balloon flights, great beaches and top concerts throughout the year.

    Corfe Castle

    Corfe Castle

    Uncover the secrets of Dorset's iconic medieval monument and discover how royalty, warfare and nature have shaped the castle.

    Theatre

    Mowlem Theatre

    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.

    Portland Castle

    Portland Castle

    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

    Snapper Charters

    Snapper Charters

    Join experienced skipper Luke Pettis on a deep sea fishing trip from the bustling port of Weymouth.

    Studland Beach

    Studland Beach and Nature Reserve

    One of the UK’s finest beaches and extensive nature reserve. Enid Blyton lived here, so look for Policeman Plod’s thatched cottage!

    Swanage Pier

    Swanage

    A friendly, colourful seaside town with an award winning beach, amazing chalk pillars of Old Harry's Rocks and a very English Victorian pier.

    Steam train

    Swanage Steam Railway

    Explore the beautiful countryside around Swanage on the old steam trains that chuff along to Corfe Castle and beyond.

    The Tank Museum

    The Tank Museum

    Tonnes of fun! Bringing the history of tanks to life, supported by the world’s best collection of tanks & action packed displays.     Visit the website