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Holidays in Dorset

Steeped in history, Dorset is an area which appeals to many.  Home to the stunning Jurassic Coast (England’s first natural World Heritage Site), the largest hillfort in Europe, a chalk giant and several castles, there is much to see and do.
If you like the outdoors, then you will enjoy the rolling countryside, cliff top walks, and country parks all ready to be explored.  Special places of interest include Brownsea Island, a haven for wildlife and a perfect place to escape to for a day if you fancy some peace and quiet; Hengistbury Head which offers a truly rural coastal experience; and Arne Nature Reserve, an area of lowland heathland abundant in wildlife.
Plenty of sandy beaches offer ideal family days out so make sure the kids pack their buckets and spades.  The beaches of Bournemouth and Swanage have been awarded blue flags, meaning they are family friendly, clean and safe.  The beaches along the Jurassic Coast offer great spots for fossil hunting and interesting walks. 
The seaside towns of Bournemouth and Weymouth offer plenty in the way of shopping and dining opportunities.  Some of the more traditional towns, such as Wimborne Minster (home to an impressive model village), Dorchester, Swanage and Christchurch are well worth a visit too.
With local attractions including Monkey World, Corfe Castle, Swanage, Brownsea Island, Moors Valley Country Park and Kingston Maurwood Gardens, this is a county packed full of things to see and do.
Sanderlings at Sandbanks By Ian Kirk from Broadstone, Dorset, UK [CC-BY-2.0]
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Places in Dorset to visit

The Tank Museum Bovington

Home to over 300 vehicles, the Tank Museum at Bovington arguably houses the world’s best collection of tanks.

Chesil Beach

A fascinating visit, this pebble and shingle tombolo is a wonderful place to see nature at its finest.  Be sure to take your camera!

Corfe Castle

The quaint village of Corfe and its historic castle which offers spectacular views across the Isle of Purbeck.

Lulworth Cove

Take in the beautiful natural scenery, or visit the West Lulworth Heritage Centre and learn more about this fascinating area.


The fourth most expensive place to live in the world – visit the beautiful Sandbanks Beach where the water and sand quality is of an exceptional standard.

Swanage Railway

A fun day out for families or rail enthusiasts – take a trip on one of the beautifully restored steam trains across Purbeck.

Monkey World

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre is home to more than 240 primates – come and marvel at these fascinating rescued and endangered animals.

Moors Valley Country Park

Something for all ages – woodland trails for walking or cycling, adventure trails for children, steam train rides, Go Ape high wire experience – a fantastic place to explore with the family.