Dorset Attractions

The sub tropical gardens at Abbotsbury

The sub tropical gardens at Abbotsbury

Dorchester and the surrounding area

  • Dinosaur Museum
  • Tutankhamun Exhibition
  • Kingston Maurward House, Gardens and Animal Park
  • Maiden Castle
  • Hardys Monument

Dorset places of interest

  • Abbotsbury. Very pretty village with Swannery, children’s animal centre and beautiful gardens to explore
  • Athelhampton House
  • Monkey World near Wareham
  • Bovington Tank Museum
  • Wareham has a very pretty harbour
  • Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door between Weymouth and Wareham
  • Lulworth Castle
  • Swanage and the Swanage Steam Railway
  • Poole and Poole Harbour
  • Bournemouth with its Pier and traditional seafront and sandy beaches
Bovington Tank Museum

Bovington Tank Museum

Beaches & Coast

The beaches on Portland are pebble, West Weares is very popular at the end of Chesil Beach, beach cafe and facilities nearby. There is a small sandy beach by Portland Castle.

Weymouth Beach - Traditional Victorian Seaside Resort with long sandy beach, donkey rides and various beach activities. A busy beach within walking distance of town. Excellent swimming, no dogs except dog area near the Pavilion.

Weymouth Town Harbour – very pretty old harbour from where boat trips can be booked and much more.

Durdle Door and Lulworth Beaches – both very pretty, dog friendly beaches.

The beach at Lyme Regis

The beach at Lyme Regis

Ringstead Beach - Quieter beach than Weymouth, less sand but more relaxing and good swimming for experienced swimmers, dogs welcome here.

Bridport/West Bay. Pretty harbour and very pebbly beach. Burton Bradstock just to the east better with excellent beach café.

Jurassic Coastline from Portland to Sidmouth. Beautiful coastline with several beaches and good coastal walks (not all too hilly!)

Further Afield

  • Sidmouth - a traditional Victorian Seaside town with promenade
  • Beer a very pretty fishing village
  • Lyme Regis which has beautiful sandy beaches, the famous Cob and is very good for fossil hunting
  • Cricket St Thomas House, Gardens and Animal Park is approximately an hour’s drive towards Crewkerne