On the southwest coast of England, Dorset is famed for its stunning Jurassic Coast, a stretch which showcases an extraordinary geological history.
Intriguing and captivating, the coast has much to offer visitors, from the iconic natural arch of Durdle Door, to the striking white columns of Old Harry Rocks towering up from the sea. Find your own piece of history at the fossil hunting hotspots of Lyme Regis and Charmouth, follow in dinosaur’s footsteps at Keates Quarry and find out more about these terrifying creatures at the Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester.
Family-friendly seaside resorts include Weymouth, Bournemouth and Lyme Regis – you’ll never be far from an ice cream, fish and chips or bucket and spade shop here! Christchurch has the best of all worlds, with beautiful beaches, two rivers and a charming town centre.
Though the coast takes the limelight, Dorset’s countryside is equally impressive. Ramble through rolling hills and valleys, stumble upon sleepy villages and imagine battles gone by at the hill top forts which are dotted throughout the landscape. Walking isn’t the only activity to be enjoyed here though. Enjoy the scenery on horseback or take to two wheels along one of Dorset’s many off-road trails. You can even enjoy a stroll in the company of some friendly llamas!
The iconic Cerne Giant at Cerne Abbas is an intriguing place to visit, while other man-made attractions include Monkey World, the Tank Museum and Farmer Palmers Farm Park.
Dorset also serves up a stunning collection of heritage attractions, including Kingston Lacy, Sherborne Castle, Lulworth Castle, Kingston Marward, Forde Abbey and Mapperton House and Gardens.
Head for Verwood to explore the New Forest, Puddletown to relive scenes from Far from the Madding Crowd, Wareham for a relaxing day by the river, Sturminster Newton for history and delicious cheese and many other quaint towns and villages across Dorset. For shopping and sightseeing combined, Dorchester is the place to go; discover the city’s links to Thomas Hardy and shop ‘til you drop up the high street and adjoining side streets.
Stay in one of our attractive large holiday cottages in Dorset and enjoy spending time with family and friends.