With an abundance of beautiful areas and locations to discover across the county of Dorset, you're guaranteed to find an area that will suit everyone and offer plenty to keep every member of the family entertained. If you are after a large group getaway, romantic retreat or coastal escape, Dorset has it all. With areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Dorset has to feature in your holiday plans and we've rounded up our top destinations in Dorset for 2018 to help you begin planning your next visit to this interesting and diverse county.
Found in the Purbeck region of South Dorset, Bere Regis is an ancient little village with pretty thatched cottages, surrounded by stunning countryside and the perfect place if you are after a peaceful and tranquil stay. Head to popular destinations close by such as Durdle Door beach and Corfe Castle. A great base for those wanting to get out and explore some of the best historic sights Dorset has to offer.
A gorgeous town full of history and a picturesque setting, Shaftesbury may look familiar from being featured in the Hovis Bread commercial. The elevated position of the town means you can enjoy spectacular views from the town. Quaint cobbled streets add to the charm and there are great walking routes in the area as well as museums to brush up on your local knowledge.
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This large town is perfect for those who prefer a more vibrant stay and it has plenty of attractions close by. Explore the historic Bournemouth Pier, spend the day at the beach with its 7 mile stretch of sand or head to one of the many interesting festivals held in the town throughout the year. There are plenty of restaurants and bars which is perfect for those wishing to experience the lively nightlife and great shops to explore too if you enjoy a spot of retail therapy.
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Beaminster is a small market town renowned for its wildlife, peaceful atmosphere and tranquillity, complete with a rich history and picturesque scenery. Foodies will delight in the array of restaurants owned and ran by prominent chefs perfect for experiencing locally sourced produce and delicacies. If you happen to visit during the summer months, you may be lucky enough to catch the Beaminster Festival where the town comes alive with music, dancing and interesting literacy talks.
A popular holiday spot in Dorset, Weymouth can be found halfway along the majestic Jurassic Coast and the seaside town oozes charm and character. There are plenty of family-friendly activities in the area from train rides and donkey rides to fishing trips. Relax on the sandy beach or try your hand at the many water sports on offer. After a fun-filled day, don't forget to enjoy a local fish and chip supper from one of the many fantastic eateries.
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With its dramatic coastline, picturesque landscape and rolling countryside, Dorset is a great destination to enjoy your next UK break. There are pretty villages to discover and local attractions to enjoy, and we have a wide selection of cottages across the county that are perfect for your next visit.