Resort Dorset on FacebookResort Magazine on TwitterResort Dorset on Instagram
Things to do in Dorset - Kimmeridge View of Weymouth in Dorset Poole Quay, one of many great places to visit in Dorset Sunset at Chesil Beach Swanage in Dorset Chesil Beach sunset Condor Ferries - Dorset's link with the Channel Islands Sunrise at Bowleaze Cove in Weymouth

Things to do in Dorset

Visitor information, what's on & where to go

Dorset is a county full of beautiful contrasts: rolling green hills, fertile farmland, golden beaches, rugged cliffs and open heaths make up nature’s own patchwork creation.

The beauty of Dorset’s coastline is equally matched by its geological importance: 185 million years of the Earth's history is revealed in the 95 miles of Jurassic Coast that stretch from Orcombe Point in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage.

Looking for things to do in Dorset? There's a huge choice of visitor attractions, including beautiful gardens, historic houses, nature reserves, theatres and fascinating museums, offering something for all the family.

There's a jam-packed events programme all year round and visiting sport lovers can take their pick from a range of activities both on and off the water.

Dorset is fast becoming a food-lover's dream - you'll find some excellent pubs and restaurants making the most of the fantastic local produce.

If your holiday just isn't complete without some retail therapy, then shopping can be a rewarding experience with lots of local independant gems to be found alongside larger nationwide stores.

And if after reading about the delights of this fascinating county you find yourself wondering where to stay, you'll find a great selection of holiday parks and campsites to suit your needs.

Dorset offers something for everyone, enjoy exploring what's on offer.

Dorset Locations

Places to go

Browse excellent places to go and things to do in Dorset using the options below.

What's On

 

Discover More Dorset Events

Dorset Vouchers

Offer
Expires

For more offers, please see Dorset vouchers and offers

Explore Dorset
Click on a map location to reveal further details...
What's on your map?
Towns & Cities
Attractions
Activities
Eats & Drinks
Shops & More
Holiday Homes
Special Offers

Latest Dorset Features

11 Jul 2017
The Friends of Poole Park are delighted to announce that they will be re-launching the iconic Poole Park Railway this summer. Date: Saturday 22nd July 2017 Time: 10:00 – 17:00 Location: Poole Park Railway Station Having recently won the tender from Borough of Poole Council to operate the train for the next 30 years, the charity has been working hard to refurbish the Station, Engine Shed and Train Track. Rolling stock has also been purchased and a ... Read more...
3 May 2017
The Nao Victoria has arrived in Weymouth and will be open to the public from May 4th to 14th so that visitors can get to know her extraordinary story. The Nao is an historical replica of the first ship that successfully circumnavigated the world commanded by Ferdinand Magellan and Juan Sebastián Elcano in the 16th century. Almost 500 years ago (1519- 1522), one of the greatest maritime adventures of all time was accomplished. One of the biggest acts of maritime history ... Read more...
21 Apr 2017
Fish and chips, our undisputed national dish, is one tasty treat that Weymouth can be proud of. Is there any better combination than fresh fish in a crispy batter, served up with a generous portion of freshly fried chips? Visitors can tuck in to delicious fish and chips while watching Weymouth's fishing vessels come and go. Here are 7 of the best fish and chip restaurants and takeaways that Weymouth has to offer. Top Weymouth Fish & Chips [VENUES] Read more...
21 Apr 2017
If you are one of the growing number of people who make regular visits to Dorset then you may like to consider owning your own caravan or holiday home. A property on an established holiday park may be more affordable than you think – and if we tell you that the homes are situated in some of Dorset’s top holiday destinations then you might like to take a look at the wide choice available below. There are holiday home parks situated along the whole of the spectacular ... Read more...
11 Apr 2017
Dorset has its fair share of spectacular views and now Durdle Door and Bournemouth's Pier and Beach have been named as two of the UK's top 20 views in a study conducted by Samsung, placed 15th and 19th respectively. The county certainly offers rich pickings for photographers, as this image of Durdle Door from Dorset photographer Chris Jones demonstrates. See more in our Dorset photo gallery. Here's the full list, please comment below and let us know your favourite ... Read more...

More articles available in the features section.