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Dorset Travel Guide

Places to Visit in Dorset

Dorchester

Dorchester is a market town situated in Dorset just five miles away from the popular seaside resort of Weymouth.

9 out of 10 stars (5 votes)

Isle of Portland

Despite its small size, the Isle of Portland offers a range of attractions and activities to the visitor. A part of the Jurassic Coast, Portland is a dream for geologists and an important area for local and migrating birds. Portland also boasts three castles, a couple of lighthouses and great walking, climbing, diving, fishing and windsurfing.

9 out of 10 stars (3 votes)

Lulworth Cove

Lulworth is included amongst England's UNESCO sites and its World Heritage Coast provides a glimpse across some 85 million years of geological evolution. The small picturesque village with its 17th century thatched cottages is best known for Lulworth Cove, a natural shell-shaped harbour fronted by a pebble beach. Formerly a smuggler's haven, West Lulworth is now essentially a gateway town to the Jurassic Coast.

6 out of 10 stars (19 votes)

Lyme Regis

Known to locals as the "Pearl of Dorset", Lyme Regis nestles between the hills on the border between Devon and Dorset. The little town lies on Lyme Bay and a coastline that is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

10 out of 10 stars (2 votes)

Poole

Boasting the largest, natural harbour in Europe, Poole will delight anyone with a watersport or maritime interest. Key attractions to be seen are Poole's beaches, the nature reserve of Brownsea Island and Poole Old Town. Poole Harbour also sees regular sailing of passenger vessels to France.

8 out of 10 stars (8 votes)

Shaftesbury

A picturesque historic market perched on a hilltop with views over three counties. Shaftesbury is known for Gold Hill, a picture of a different age with is cobbled paving and thatched cottages. Sights include the remains of a 9th century Abbey and the schoolmaster's house in Jude the Obscure.

5 out of 10 stars (1 vote)

Tyneham Village

Lying within the Isle of Purbeck, Tyneham is a ghost village with a tragic past. The idyllic site was abandoned by its villagers at the request of the army in WWII. Sadly, Tyneham was never returned to its owners.

9 out of 10 stars (38 votes)

Weymouth

A classic, English summer resort, Weymouth boasts a beautiful, apricot coloured beach which bustles with activity. Ideally situated between Dorchester and the Isle of Portland, Weymouth makes an excellent base for exploring some of Dorset's finest attractions.

8 out of 10 stars (8 votes)