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Dorset is brimming with things to do, whether you are seeking to explore the idyllic countryside setting of the Dorset AONB or a traditional coastal getaway along the World Heritage-listed Jurassic Coast. You can look forward to exploring the bustling market towns or venture to the coastline, where an abundance of activities is awaiting to be enjoyed. Explore the Dorset AONB and Cranborne Chase AONB to immerse yourself in Dorset’s picturesque countryside, home to a variety of attractions for families to enjoy.
Where are the best Places to Visit in Dorset?
With both coast and countryside awaiting to be explored, a holiday in Dorset offers a magnitude of places to visit. For those traditional Dorset coastal holidays, you could visit the seaside town of Bournemouth and spend the day exploring the pier and the amusements, or spend some time at Bridport, Lyme Regis or Weymouth, each one completed with golden sands to enjoy one summer’s afternoon. Alternatively, head inland and explore some of Dorset’s finest market towns of Blandford Forum, Dorchester, Shaftesbury and Sherborne.
Where are the best food places in Dorset?
Dorset is considered to be one of the finest corners of the UK for eating, so whether you are looking for some pub grub, a quaint café or a fine dining opportunity, Dorset promises to have something for all palettes and budgets. Dorset is famous for its quality and quantity, so it is little surprise that tourist flock from all over to sample a Dorset delicacy. Take a look at these recommendations to indulge in the local area’s flavours.
Key West Bar & Grill - For a more relaxed fine dining opportunity, dinner at Key West Bar & Grill is a must. Tuck into a delicious meal from the varied menu as you enjoy the unrivalled views from the iconic Bournemouth Pier. During the summer, head out onto the terrace to catch Bournemouth’s spectacular sunsets as you sample their menu and drinks, boasting something to suit everyone.
The Seaside Boarding House – This is the perfect place for sampling local fresh seafood that was caught moments away from the restaurant’s door. Here, you can enjoy breakfast whilst gazing out to sea or catch the sun setting over Lyme Bay whilst dining in the dining room which has transformed into a candlelit harbour.
Brassica Restaurant – A classy, yet endearing restaurants ran by the culinary chefs, Cass Titcombe and Louise Chidgey. The chefs both have a love of fishing and cooking fish, so this is a superb opportunity to sample freshly caught seafood. Here, the menu changes daily due to the availability of produce from the local area, so you can expect sample a true Dorset delicacy.
What are the best Attractions in Dorset?
Dorset promises to be a wonderful place to base your next holiday in the UK. Whether you are looking for relaxing stroll along the coast, a tipple at a vineyard or an action-packed adventure with all the family, Dorset has it all.
For a taste of Dorset history, you and your family could explore the hidden treasures which are dotted throughout the region. Visit the stately home of Kingston Lacy which is an elegant 17th century Italian-inspired mansion with formal gardens for you to explore, or immerse yourself in the local history by discovering the beautiful Highcliffe Castle.
For those with children, head over to Farmer Palmers Farm Park for a day set amidst the Dorset countryside, or spend the afternoon at Monkey World where you can spend the afternoon discovering the wildlife and tackling one of the assault courses.
Alternatively, explore the waters of Dorset by enjoying a leisurely trip on one of City Cruises, Poole including trips to the Victorian resort at Swanage and the Steam Railway or an evening cruise to catch a sunset at Old Harry Rocks.
What is the weather like in Dorset?
Just like the rest of the UK, the weather in Dorset is unpredictable. Summers in Dorset are typically warm with some infrequent hotter days, and the region may experience some snowfall in the winter so visitors are advised bring warm winter clothing.