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Dorset Places of Interest

Dorset is blessed with stunning countryside, breathtaking coastal views, historic monuments and spectacular natural features. You don’t have to look far to see why visitors just can’t get enough of what Dorset has to offer.

One of the great advantages is just how accessible everything is – many sights are close together and you could pack a lot into just one day, but there’s so much to see that you’ll always want to come back for more. Browse the Dorset places of interest listed below and plan your visit.

Dorset Places of Interest

Studland BayStudland Bay offers a 4 mile stretch of golden sands, covering 4 beaches. There's lots to admire about the bay with chalk cliffs, wildlife, its cleanliness and the backdrop of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight.
Gold Hill - ShaftesburyFamous for its feature in the Hovis TV advert, Gold Hill in Shaftesbury offers extensive, panoramic views of the gorgeous countryside. There's lots to discover and explore about Gold Hill!
Old Harry RocksThere are many tails of how Old Harry Rocks, situated off of Studland Bay, got its name. Marking the east point of the Jurassic Coast, it's great to learn about this natural wonder.
Golden CapRise over 600ft above sea level with a trip up to the South Coast's highest point. Unforgettable views of the Jurassic Coast are guaranteed - find out more about Golden Cap before visiting.
SandbanksWinning more BlueFlag awards than any other UK beach, Sandbanks is the ultimate place to spend a day in the sun. Its wealthy rise through the property ladder has its reasons, so take a look at what Sandbanks has to offer.
Poole ParkYou're missing out if you're yet to visit Poole Park. A scenic, relaxed area is the perfect place to chill out, enjoy a picnic or a refreshment from the local cafes or test your skills at a range of watersports.
Kimmeridge BayKimmeridge Bay is often overlooked, but it is truly one of the most beautiful places to visit in Dorset. A safe place for swimming and snorkelling, you can also catch both the sunrise and sunset here.
Bournemouth BeachBournemouth Beach is regarded the UK's best beach for all the right reasons. Seven miles of golden sand, activities for all ages, a picturesque pier, restaurants and bars next to a vibrant town centre are just some of the reasons to visit.
Durdle DoorVisit Durdle Door and explore the fascinating coastline of this beautiful area of Dorset. This famous rock formation is one of the county's most popular sights, find out what's on offer, how it was formed and how to get there.
Sandsfoot CastleSandsfoot Castle’s picturesque location by the sea, with the backdrop of Portland Harbour and the Isle of Portland itself beyond, makes for a perfect area to relax and admire some spectacular views. The gardens surrounding the castle have been lovingly cared for and there is an on-site café.
Lulworth CoveWest Lulworth is home to some of the world’s greatest attractions. While the glorious Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove showcase the Jurassic Coast’s World Heritage status, there are also other things to do that will keep a smile on your face for the whole day (providing you can bring yourself to turn your back on the coastline itself).
Nothe GardensNothe Gardens has to be one of the prettiest and peaceful places in not only Weymouth, but the whole of Dorset. There’s plenty of space to make a day of it. With panoramic views of Portland Harbour and the island behind, you can sit and embrace the natural beauty for hours.
Portland BillPortland Bill is quite literally a place like no other. Combining all the weird and wonderful aspects of the Isle, here you can roam freely over large, open stretches of land set to a backdrop of fishermen’s huts, spectacular lighthouses, and rocky shoreline that make up this unique part of the Jurassic Coast.
TynehamTyneham is a tiny ghost village near Lulworth in Dorset. Requisitioned by the army to aid training during World War 2, the site is now open to the public and offers a fascinating glimpse into the past.
Chesil BeachChesil Beach in Dorset runs for 18 miles between West Bay and Portland. It's an important wildlife hotspot and of fascinating place to visit.
Durlston Country ParkDurlston Country Park, situated just a mile south of Swanage is made up of 280 acres of sea cliffs, haymeadows, hedgerows and woodland. And if that's not enticing enough, you might just spot a dolphin or two!
StudlandStudland is best known for its National Nature Reserve and its large, sandy beaches. Stretching for five miles the beaches are ideal for swimming and for a whole range of water sports, which include sailing, diving and windsurfing. Part of the beach attracts naturists and a designated area is marked with signs. The spectacular chalk headland and Old Harry Rocks offer shelter from the worst wind and storms.
Cerne Abbas GiantThe Cerne Abbas Giant is a famous Dorset landmark, its origins still very much debated today. Situated close to Dorchester, the village of Cerne Abbas is well worth a visit.
Brownsea IslandBrownsea Island can be reached by ferry from Poole, Bournemouth or Swanage. This fascinating island was the site of Baden-Powell's first scout camp and today is home to the rare red squirrel.
Hardy MonumentDorset's Hardy Monument, a well-visited landmark situated near Portesham, can be seen from miles around and provides breathtaking views over rolling hills and coastline.
Bowleaze CoveA walk along Weymouth Esplanade towards Preston will take you to Overcombe Corner, then continue up the hill to Bowleaze Cove where there’s a small beach and all the facilities you could want for a family day out.
Weymouth Old HarbourWeymouth Old Harbour is one of the town's greatest attractions. With its small commercial fishing fleet, pleasure boat and charter fishing trips, and privately-owned boats coming and going on the water, there’s always something of interest going on.
Poole QuayPoole’s traditional working Quay is the gateway to its stunning harbour and islands. Getting there is easy with either a 15-minute walk from the Bus Station down the High Street or on the ‘Route One’ Bus Service.
Weymouth BeachWith its expanse of golden sands and sparkling water Weymouth Beach must surely be one of the best family beaches along the South Coast. It certainly receives planty of accolades as in 2016 it was awarded a Blue Flag and a Seaside Award: these were followed by the beach being voted 'Best UK Beach' in TripAdvisor's Travellers Choice Awards, and in 2017 Trainline's study of UK’s top ten seaside destinations, put Weymouth beach third based on the site’s ticket sales for the May Day bank holiday weekend.
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