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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.
A: Why waste precious holiday moments waiting for buses when you could be cruising the streets in your very own rental car? Whether you're going to Weymouth, Christchurch or another major city, a car is the best way to soak up the sights. If you're heading out into the region of Dorset or even farther afield, it makes even more sense. For Cheap Car Hire in Dorset, Expedia should be your first port of call.
A: Dig out your passport and get ready to fly to Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.). You'll probably be on one of the 165 international flights that operate each month from this main airport in Dorset.
A: Dorset is overflowing with comfortable and convenient accommodation. Bed & breakfasts are the most popular choice. Inns, cottages and hotels are worth considering too.
A: Experiences and attractions nearby? Check. Airfares? Yep. A snazzy car? You bet. And after a big day of sightseeing, you'll be eager for a comfy hotel to rest up. We've got them all covered. Book what you want and get set for a memorable Dorset holiday.
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A: Organise a stay in Weymouth and explore exciting sights like Osmington Roman Walk. Abbotsbury Swannery and Jubilee Clock Tower of Weymouth also capture the attention of many visitors.
The Advantages of Dorset Weekend Breaks
Discover a different side of the British Isles with a weekend break in Dorset. Take short breaks away from home and enjoy some quality time in a beautiful place. You’ll come back feeling refreshed and inspired. You can have an action-packed Dorset weekend break or get some peace with a relaxing holiday. Whatever experience you’re looking for, find it with our deals on hotels in Dorset.
Cheap Weekend Breaks to Dorset
There are lots of ways to take cheap weekend breaks to Dorset. Expedia offers deals on car hires and hotel rooms and covers trips for all kinds of travellers. The best way to save is with our holiday packages in Dorset. First, choose your car hire and hotel reservation. Then we’ll bundle them together into one discounted price. Solo explorers, couples, families, and groups of friends can discover budget solutions for their weekend breaks. Once you arrive, enjoy some of the fun things to do, many of which are free or cheap to experience.
Dorset Romantic Weekend Breaks
Couples love taking romantic weekend breaks in Dorset. Whisking your lover away for a romantic Dorset weekend break is the perfect opportunity to make new memories together. Expedia offers all kinds of hotel options, so you can find romantic hotels in Dorset and choose the best place for you. Check out our deals on beautiful properties, and you’ll save even more when you choose to package your hotel reservation with a car hire.
Family Weekend Breaks in Dorset
Set some time aside to experience family weekend breaks in Dorset. There are plenty of excellent family-friendly hotels in Dorset within our selection of hotels. You can also find a place to call home in one of the holiday rentals in Dorset. With accommodation, activities, and adventure all waiting, there’s never been a better time to plan Dorset family weekend breaks.
Stunning hotel and views..food was fantastic and the service from all staff was excellent..the only feedback to give is that the room was far to hot amd room service wasnt the best..however I would highly recommend purely on the service of the staff and vibe of the hotel.
Liked private parking. Didn't like two spiders in room and kettle had black debris inside which required multiple rinses and pre-boiled before use.
We had a wonderful weekend getaway. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly without being overbearing. The setting was beautiful, the food was excellent, the village was lovely and the local pub was also great.
Me my mrs and our dog stayed here as a last minute break at the end of July. On arrival we me greeted by Rod and shown to our suite, the suite itself is a fantastic size, you could tell the farmhouse is very well looked after the room was very clean and there were hand sanitizer in our room and at ...
Couldn’t fault our stay it was excellent , the owners Keith and Julie are friendly and very welcoming. We stayed in the crows nest and the views were beautiful over the harbour, breakfast was delicious too 😋