Dorset Destination Guide

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Explore Dorset Beaches and Coastline

Dorset is in the South West of England on the English Channel coast and is famous for the amazing stretches of fine, sandy beaches and varied shorelines that yield up such treasures as the Jurassic Coast!

There are wide chalk downs here as well as low valleys and beautiful coves and islands. Ports at Portland, Poole and Weymouth as well as an international airport, make it easy to reach and there is a wide variety of accommodation to suit every budget.

There are many historic houses, theatres, art galleries, shopping towns, festivals and events and 185 million years of earth's history in the ninety five miles of coastline making up the Jurassic Coast - a great spot for fossil hunting and beach combing!

If you love walking, Dorset is for you. In fact, cyclists, hikers, climbers, holiday makers, travellers, students, kite flyers, peace seekers, windsurfers, anglers, golf enthusiasts and horse riders rate Dorset as one the United Kingdom's best holiday spots!

Dorset Coast Map


Want some ideas on where to visit?

Every favourite location must be visited for the first time. Want some ideas, why not check out the below small selection of coastal locations, including beaches, activities, things to see and do, and places to stay and eat:

Bournemouth Air Festival

Hengistbury Head Beach

Bandstand Beach

Place Tags: Beaches

Sherborne Abbey

Place Tags: History - Heritage

Fishermans Walk Beach

Monmouth Beach

Place Tags: Beaches

Durley Chine Beach

Mudeford Sandbanks Beach

Place Tags: Beaches and Dog Friendly

Abbotsbury Swannery

Place Tags: Outdoors - Nature

Thomas Hardy’s Cottage

Place Tags: History - Heritage

Durlstone Head Globe

Highcliffe Castle Beach

Place Tags: Beaches

Overcome Beach

Place Tags: Beaches