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Romantic things to do in dorset

With so much natural beauty, Dorset is a great place to explore as a couple. The clean air and magical scenery are a sure way to make lasting memories with your partner.

There are so many romantic things to do in Dorset. From outdoor cinemas on the side of a castle to a relaxing spa day with your loved one, Dorset is a romantic place to visit with your partner.

Why not make the whole experience a little more enchanting with a visit to one of these romantic cottages in Dorset. Luxurious, private and a great way to spend quality time together.

Discover 16 romantic things to do in Dorset with your loved ones… 


1 – Golden Cap

Golden Cap

Home to the highest point on the south coast, the Golden Cap is Britain’s only natural world heritage site.

Spend the day hand-in-hand with your partner as you wander along the stunning cliffs. There are a variety of trails that will immerse you in the local nature.

The two main walks to try at the Golden Cap are the Stonebarrow walk andthe Langdon Hill walk.

If you head out from Seatown, the walk will take you to the region’s peak, where you can look out over the Seatown beach or towards CharmouthThe perfect spot for a couples picnic.


2 – Kimmeridge Bay

Clavell Tower at kimmeridge bay

Kimmeridge Bay is a beautiful location along the world-famous Jurassic Coast.

If you and your partner love marine life, why not try a bit of snorkelling at this well-protected bay. You can even try one of the snorkel trails in summer with the local guides. You may even come across your very own fossil.

After a dip in the British waters, why not walk off the cold with a hike up to Clavell Tower? The historical building offers eye-catching views over the bay.

The unique tower has also inspired writers like Enid Blyton.

If you want to learn more about the fossils along the Jurassic Coast, check out our guide to Jurassic Coast fossils.


3 – Durdle Door

sunrise through durdle door arch

You won’t find many lists about things to do in Dorset that don’t feature Durdle Door. That’s because it has been a tourist hotspot for many years.

Feel at one with nature as you walk along the well-trodden path and look down on one of Dorset’s natural wonders.

If you want a romantic thing to do in Dorset, the sunrise through the keyhole of Durdle Door is an unforgettable experience.

For only a few moments, a few days a year in winter, the Durdle Door arch become a gateway to the new day.

This phenomenon happens for approximately two weeks on either side of December 21st. But it is worth braving the cold weather for one of Dorset’s best romantic experiences.


4 – Old Harry Rocks

There’s a reason Dorset has some incredible romantic things to do. The scenic landscapes are a great way to take a step away from everyday life and enjoy the natural beauty.

Old Harry Rocks is no exception.

From the charming village of Studland, you can explore the romantic walk along the coast until you come across these unique rock formations.

Wrap up warm, grab a coffee to go and look out over the ocean that pirates once sailed. A great way to experience some of Dorset’s rich history with your partner.

Top Tip: Some of the tourist destinations in Dorset can get extremely busy (doesn’t sound too romantic, right?). Why not visit some of the more popular destinations early morning or as the sun is setting?

The sunrise and sunset can offer a romantic setting, and you are more likely to avoid families and coach tips at those times.


5 – Lulworth Castle Outdoor Cinema

romantic couple sitting on the grass for outdoor cinema at lulworth castle

Time for something a little different.

A lot of us love going to the cinema. But what about an outdoor cinema? Sit under the stars next to one of Dorset’s favourite castles while you watch one of your favourite films.

The Luna Cinema hosts several events throughout August. But if you want to make sure you get tickets you need to book early.

Grab your snacks and a couple of drinks and lay down on the grass with your partner as you enjoy some classic films.

In recent years, the outdoor cinema at Lulworth Castle has shown some quality films such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Star Wars and The Greatest Showman.

Keep an eye out on the Luna website to see updated showtimes and ticket choices.


6 – Enid Blyton Trail

It’s no secret that Enid Blyton’s books were heavily influenced by her holidays in Dorset.

Much of the inspiration came from the Isle of Purbeck. Here you can head out with your partner on a self-guided tour discovering much of the area’s history and influence.

To find out more about the trail, check out this leaflet from Dorset Council. It gives you tips on where to go, what to see, and some of Enid’s popular stops on her holidays.

Following Enid’s inspiration is a great way to see the area and is extra special if you grew up with books like The Famous Five, Noddy and The Secret Seven.


7 – Brownsea Island

red squirrel on brownsea island

Brownsea Island is one of the last places in the UK to see the native red squirrel.

From late spring to early autumn, the island is a natural environment to visit with your partner.

The lack of access to public cars means that the island is an unpolluted bubble away from the mainland. The perfect place to relax in nature.

There is a small ferry that is suitable for foot passengers only. Accommodation is limited on the island. But there is plenty to choose from in Poole.


8 – Monkey World

monkey world dorset

If you and your partner love monkeying around, this is the place for you.

Monkey World is a rescue centre that assists many countries to help stop the black-market trade of primates.

While you’re here, you can see a selection of magnificent primates from around the world. You can enjoy a guided tour or wander around at your own pace with just you and your partner.

Again Monkey World gets extremely busy throughout the school holidays. So if you want your visit to be a little more intimate, try visiting during term time.


9 – Wine Tasting

If you want to avoid crowds of children and love to try exciting wines from Dorset, wine tasting is a great choice.

Dress up with your partner and get shown around one of the local vineyards.

Many of these tours will take you through the winemaking process, followed by everyone’s favourite part. Tasting the wine.

There are a variety of vineyards that offer wine tasting. Why not check out what Langham Wine and the English Oak Vineyard have to offer?


10 – Lulworth Cove

Close to Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove is an eye-catching cove along the Jurassic Coast.

From here, you can usually see boats, swimmers and sea life.

You can easily fit a visit to Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Stair Hole on the same day.


11 – Corfe Castle

romantic setting at Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle is a historic ruin located in a town with the same name.

Among the Purbeck hills, you can enjoy a day wandering around the castle followed by a refreshing stop at some of the villages charming shops and cafes.

But if you want to take your romantic experience in Dorset to the next level, why not stop at Mortons Manor Fine DiningHere you can indulge in some of the regions most delicious food.

There are so many romantic things to do in Dorset. But sometimes simple things like a meal out with just you and your partner are all at takes.

Sit back with great food and a refreshing drink and enjoy each others company for a night alone.


12 – Gold Hill

Gold Hill;

As the setting for one of Britains most famous tv adverts (1970s Hovis Bread), Gold Hill is located on the way up to St Peter’s Church.

The cobbled stones and walls of Shaftesbury Abbey regularly feature on the cover of books and calendars.

It reminds us of a distant time with family and community at the heart of British life. A chance to appreciate what you have with your significant other.

This romantic setting in Dorset is a starting point for a day wandering around the shops and cafes of the charming town.


13 – Chesil Beach

Chesil Beach from Abbotsbury

Some of the beaches around Dorset really are spectacular.

As you approach Abbotsbury, you can understand why Chesil Beach was voted Britain’s third-best view (Country Life Magazine).

Once you get down to the pebble beach, the bank stretches for 18 miles. You can keep yourselves away from the crowds and immerse yourselves in each other’s company.

The area is also home to many of Dorset’s natural wildlife. Whether you are a bird watcher, fisher, or just love being out and about, Chesil Beach is one of our favourite romantic things to do in Dorset.


14 – Poole Harbour Cruise

If you want to get a different perspective of Dorset, a cruise around Poole Harbour is a unique activity for couples.

With live commentary of the views around the harbour and unforgettable sights, a Poole Harbour Cruise is a great chance to explore the coast.

Many of these cruises depart from Poole Quay. Along the way, you can see Brownsea Island, Studland Bay and the famous Jurassic Coast.


15 – Take a Spa Day

couples massages is a romantic thing to do in Dorset

Sometimes a little rest and relaxation is the perfect way to appreciate your partner.

There are many spas across Dorset County. Here you can enjoy anything from a couples massage to relaxation rooms and hydrotherapy pools.

Relax in front of your partner as you let the everyday stresses wash away from you.

Taking a spa day with your partner can be one of the most rewarding, romantic things to do as a couple.


16 – Stair Hole Bay

Wedged in between the beautiful tourist spots of Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, Stair Hole is another fascinating place to visit with your partner.

The stunning rock formations are unique and show you a glimpse of the prehistoric area around the Jurassic Coast.

It is definitely worth stopping at on your visit to Lulworth.


What better way to create lasting memories with your loved one than to explore some of these romantic things to do in Dorset?

From spa days to open-air cinemas and an endless supply of natural beauty, Dorset is a romantic place for couples. You can always make your romantic holiday extra special with a stay in one of these romantic holiday cottages.

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