Family Holidays in Dorset |

Choose from a variety of accommodation to suit your stay

Families will absolutely love Dorset thanks to its huge diversity. There is plenty to entertain all ages, from the sandy beaches for sandcastle building and donkey rides to the boutique shopping in trendy seaside towns.

Dorset offers a wonderful mix of countryside and seaside that will no doubt appeal to any family. The wide open green spaces dotted with country estates and stately homes are perfect for letting the children explore some British heritage and blow off some steam.

The Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site, is ideal for families who want to do more than splash in the waves and dig moats. The Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre is a great place to learn all about the fossils that have been found along this stretch of coastline. Kids can spend hours and hours digging away on the beaches looking for fossils. You never know, you might discover the very next dinosaur fossil!

The Swanage Railway is a delightful way to spend some time with the children and once the train stops you can alight at Corfe Castle to explore the ancient ruins, re-enact history and learn about the heritage of the castle. Poole with its quayside and dock is a great starting point for a harbour cruise where you can take in the sights of the whole coastline from the water. Stop off on Brownsea Island, the birthplace of the scouting movement, for some outdoor inspiration and some wildlife watching.

Bournemouth is perhaps the most famous tourist destination in Dorset and it’s easy to see why it has become so popular. Bournemouth is well known for its long stretches of wonderful beaches and recently Bournemouth Pier has been converted into an indoor family entertainment centre with climbing walls, aerial obstacles courses and caves for a challenging but entertaining day out. If your family enjoy a thrill then experience Peirzip, the World’s first pier to shore zip wire that carries you over Bournemouth beach to the sand below.

Weymouth is another location with a whole host of fantastic family entertainment venues, along with more great Dorset beaches. All the family will enjoy a day out at Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park and Tower with over 1000 marine creatures on display at the park. Also on site you’ll find Adventure Island with child friendly theme park rides, Pirate Adventure Mini Golf and just a short land train away is Weymouth Tower where you get breathtaking views of the surrounding area from 53 metres above the town.

The Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site, is ideal for families who want to do more than splash in the waves.

With a huge choice of cafés and restaurants, eating out with the family will be a real treat, especially as Dorset has such a good reputation for excellent food. For some tasty tradition why not get some fresh crispy fish and chips and sit on the beach while the children play on the sand - a perfect Dorset holiday memory to cherish. Browse our collection of accommodation including hotels, cottages, holiday parks and B&Bs and find the location to best suit your family.

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