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What to do in Dorset

About Dorset

Dorset, with its dramatic Jurassic heritage and unspoilt countryside, is crammed with natural attractions. Bordering Somerset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, and Devon, Dorset boasts almost 90 miles of coastline, much of it World Heritage designated. Go birdwatching on Brownsea Island, hunt for fossils on the beach, or hike over the pretty Blackmore Vale. Historic Dorset is also home to numerous castles and hillforts: from the iron-age Badbury Rings and stately Sherborne Castle to the Victorian-age Nothe Fort, Dorset welcomes visitors to discover its cultural past.

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What to see in Dorset

To enjoy the best Dorset has to offer, book your hotel close to the Jurassic Coast. Here, you can hunt for fossils and enjoy mile upon mile of sandy beaches. For the best scenery, book your Dorset hotel in Lulworth Cove. Explore the coast by kayak or visit the visitor centre to brush up on the area’s fascinating geology. Don’t miss a trip to Old Harry Rocks, the picturesque chalk formations on the South West Coast Path. Nearby Wareham is home to a pretty quay and ancient castle, while the villages of Wool and Bovington have an old-fashioned vibe.

If you’d rather spend your holiday in a historic market town, book your Dorset hotel in Shaftsbury, a hilltop settlement with views over Blackmore Vale. Visit the Isle of Portland to explore its walking paths and sweeping views, venture to Monkey World to view endangered primates, or opt for a hotel in Poole to see its millionaire mansions, eat fantastic seafood, or take a ferry across Shell Bay. Whatever you want to see in Dorset, it's recommended you book ahead to get the best deals and hotel offers.

Where to stay in Dorset

You'd be best to select your Dorset hotel based on what you want to do. Stay in Bournemouth to wander along sandy beaches and take in nearby Boscombe's bohemian atmosphere and quirky shops. To experience the best of the Jurassic Coast, head to Lyme Regis, where you can take guided fossil walks or search for your own souvenirs along the shore. To be close to Roman ruins, a host of museums including the Dorset County Museum, and a flourishing town centre, book a hotel in Dorchester. The ancient town was once home to poet Thomas Hardy, and you can visit the house he built there.

For traditional seaside charm, select a hotel in Weymouth. Stroll over the pier, catch a Punch and Judy show, or let the kids ride donkeys on the beach. To be close to the New Forest, stay at a hotel in Christchurch. Its harbour offers water sports, including windsurfing and kayaking, and Dorset’s premier theme park, Adventure Wonderland, is situated here. There’s also Wimborne Monster. Book a hotel here to discover the 17th-century National Trust house, Kingston Lacy, or to spend adventure-filled days with your family in the Moors Valley Country Park and Forest.