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Local Information for Dorset

Dorset Tide Times

If you are staying in one of our Dorset Holiday Cottages and would like information on tide times and tables during your holiday then please take a look at the following website which should provide all the information you will need.


This covers Dorset and the South Coast in general. The times given are in UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) format which is the equivalent of GMT but you would still need to add 1 hour to the times during British Summer Time (BST).

If you require information a particular area or town in Dorset then please check out our area guides which cover – Burton Bradstock, Dorchester, Swanage, West Bay and Weymouth.

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Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Weather Information

We all know how fickle the British weather can be so it pays to plan ahead. If you have booked a holiday in dorset with Dream Cottages, then no doubt the weather forecast will be of great concern to you. We are often asked by potential guests about the current weather situation in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall as it can make a big difference to the quality of your Cottage holiday as nobody wants a week of wet weather to spoil their experience of one of the most stunning areas of the UK.
The following links should give you an up to date guide to the weather in Dorset and the South West of England.

BBC Weather (Weymouth and South West Dorset):


BBC Weather – Devon


BBC Weather – Cornwall – Port Gaverne


Met Office (South West England Weather Forecast)


Mobile phone reception

If you’d like to check mobile phone reception strength here is a link to a handy website – the Ofcom Service checker.


Travel Information

Getting to Dorset

Check before you travel with TravelDorset, live traffic and travel information for roads and public transport.

By air

The main airports serving Dorset are Bournemouth AirportSouthampton Airport and Exeter Airport.

Dorset is also easily accessible from London GatwickLondon Heathrow and Bristol Airport.

By sea

Regular ferries arrive into:

Poole from Cherbourg, St Malo, Santander, Gijon and the Channel Islands Portsmouth from St Malo, Caen, Cherbourg, Le Havre and Bilbao Weymouth from the Channel Islands and St Malo The southeast of England (Ramsgate) from Dunkirk and Ostend, Belgium The southeast of England (Dover, Folkestone and Newhaven) from France The east of England (Harwich) from Hoek van Holland, the Netherlands and Hamburg, Germany

Main ferry companies offering services to these ports are:

Brittany Ferries, Condor Ferries, P&O Ferries, LD Lines

By train

The area is served by an excellent rail network from many principal towns in the UK to local stations throughout Dorset. South West Trains offer great discounted fares when you buy your ticket in advance on many longer distance routes to and from London. Why not take advantage of their advanced fares offers?

Full conditions of advance tickets are available on the South West Trains website. You can also buy your ticket online or at your nearest station call 0845 6000 650.

Plan your journey by rail and check live departure times.

Direct trains from London depart from Waterloo Station and stop at Bournemouth, Dorchester and Weymouth.

London Waterloo to Exeter St Davids services call at Sherborne and Axminster (for Lyme Regis).

For all rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.ukTravelDorset can direct you to further useful information.

By bus

National Express Coaches operate services throughout the country.

By road

The following main motorway routes connect the east, ports and London with Dorset: M20 / M26 / M25 / M3 / M27.  The M3/A303 from London to Devon also passes through the northernmost part of Dorset. Stay moving with TravelDorset live travel alerts.

Travelling around Dorset is easy too so leave the car behind and make travelling around all part of the fun!

With great travel options and one of the most accessible destinations in the South West, Dorset is the ideal place to book your holiday or short break away.

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