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The Dorset coastline stretches as far as Lyme Regis in the west to Christchurch in the east. A visit to Dorset is often described as having the best of both worlds. It sits along the coast with its beautiful beaches, but you are never too far from the rich countryside coupled with rural towns and old time English villages.
Being so close to both the seaside and the countryside you have a wide variety of accommodation types to choose from including self-catering beach houses, rural country B&B’s, and luxury hotels. Dorset has accommodation to suit all needs.
One of the many lasting memories of a holiday or short break away is finding somewhere nice to eat and experience new cuisine. Dorset has some of the finest food and drink in the UK, all using locally sourced produce. If its ale or wine you enjoy, take the opportunity to visit one of the many popular local breweries and vineyards, allowing you to follow the process from grain to glass.
If you are a fan of great literature and novelists, you will be interested to know that Dorset is the birth place of Thomas Hardy and also his final resting place. Lyme Regis was also a favourite holiday haunt of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Explore Hardy Country
Visitors to Dorset can take in Thomas Hardy country located within the Dorset Hills. Follow Thomas Hardy’s story from his place of birth, his home and then onto his final resting place. Along the way you will see the landscapes and see what inspired Thomas Hardy in his writing.
A trip to the town of Bournemouth is a must when in Dorset, a vibrant cosmopolitan town with a variety of shops award winning gardens and water sport activities for all ages. Bournemouth’s gardens are split into three areas of Victorian beauty. The lower gardens adjacent to the sea, the central gardens within the town centre followed by the upper gardens.
There are many festivals held in Bournemouth throughout the year including the annual Air Festival and, of course, food and drink festivals. Be sure to check and confirm dates before visiting.
Take a Step Back in Time
Located in Bovington is the incredible Tank Museum: a collection of armoured vehicles, from the first tanks ever built to the latest heavy armoured vehicles. It really is like taking a walk through history. The collection helps to depict the story of armoured warfare from the First World War to the present day. Aside from the vehicles there are talking heads giving first-hand accounts from those who fought in these machines.
Sculpture by the Lakes in Dorchester is also well worth a visit whilst in Dorset. The lakes are tranquil and beautiful with stunning sculptures to match. With picnic areas available take the opportunity to spend the day relaxing while on holiday in such a tranquil place.
While in Weymouth visit Nothe Fort. Take a history tour and learn about how the past has shaped the Weymouth of today. A visit helps discover the story of people who lived and died in the Dorset area.
Situated by the sea, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Pirate Adventure Mini Golf, Weymouth Marina and Radipole Lake Nature Reserve. Sea Life Park and Weymouth Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km).
This hotel is located in Swanage (Studland), close to the beach, Old Harry Rocks, Brownsea Island and Swanage Beach. Local attractions also include Shell Bay Beach and Sandbanks Ferry Terminal.
Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Knoll Gardens and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Bournemouth University. Tower Park and Splashdown Waterpark are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in the heart of Weymouth, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Weymouth Marina, Weymouth Pavilion and Sea Life Tower. Leighton Art Gallery and Tudor House are also within 10 minutes.
Situated by the sea, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Weymouth Marina and Weymouth Beach. Pirate Adventure Mini Golf and Weymouth Pavilion are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Situated near the beach, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium, Lyme Regis Beach and Lyme Regis Museum. Dinosaur Land and Marine Theatre are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Wimborne, this hotel is steps away from Priest's House Museum and Garden, Tivoli Theatre and Wimborne Minster. Wimborne Model Town and Kingston Lacy House are also within 3 miles (5 km).