Important notice

Burton Cliff, Burton Bradstock

For your safety please avoid cliffs, and beaches with a cliff backdrop. Please follow all advice and signage along the South West Coast Path, connecting paths and on beaches.

Things to see and do

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Winter walks

 A walk in the winter air is a great way to see the dramatic coastline, ancient landscapes, historic parkland and gardens found in Dorset.


Stay a while - holiday cottages

Quay Cottage on Brownsea Island with stunning views over Poole Harbour © B. Whitlock

Quay Cottage on Brownsea Island with stunning views over Poole Harbour

We have some great places to stay in Dorset. From converted farmhouses to an island retreat on Brownsea to a former tennis pavilion at Studland.

Stay a while - camping

Get closer to nature © B. Whitlock

Get closer to nature

Be inspired by a night under canvas. Why not get closer to nature and the outdoors at one of our campsites?

For something different our Golden Cap bunkhouse, once a post-war MOD radar station, sleeps eight and has wonderful views over Lyme Bay.

Stay a while - working holidays

A Group of working holidays volunteers © National Trust

A Group of working holidays volunteers

 If you are looking for interesting ways to make a difference, stay in great Dorset locations, and to meet new friends, one of our working holidays could be the answer.

50 things

This winter we'd like to help you and your children explore the great outdoors and get really close to nature. We're hoping to get 200,000 children playing outside and having a wild time. Are your children up for the '50 things to do before your 11 3/4 challenge'?

Rain jacket or winter coat?

Local links

We are delighted that Dorset solicitors, Coles Miller, are supporting the National Trust's programme of events in Dorset, which includes Shakespeare on Brownsea Island.