Days out in Dorset

Everything from an island, ancient coasts and hidden gems to a castle, cottages and an Italian inspired palace, there are plenty of things to do in Dorset, so start planning your day out.

Places to visit

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Cherry blossom at Kingston Lacy in Dorset

Where you can visit in Dorset  

We're looking forward to welcoming you back. We’ve reopened the places you love, safely and in line with government guidance. Advance booking for visits helps us keep everyone safe and socially distanced. At quieter times such as weekdays, booking shouldn't be necessary, but to guarantee entry we recommend booking in advance, especially at weekends and bank holidays. Please check the property webpage before you visit and follow government guidance. See what’s open and ready for you to book this week below…

Hyacinths in front of Kingston Lacy house, Dorset

Kingston Lacy 

Outside there are sweeping lawns, a Japanese Garden, the woodland and parkland walks to explore, as well as the wider estate and countryside. The magnificent State and Ground Floors in the house reopen from Monday 17 May.

Spring in Dorset

More places to visit

Bringing nature to you

Family taking part in craft activities

Recreating places from the South West at home 

If you're in need of a National Trust fix but can't get out at the moment, we have some different ways you could recreate your favourite places from the South West at home, from baking to knitting to cut-out and create models.