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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Visitors exploring the gardens in May at Stourhead, Wiltshire

Where you can visit in Dorset  

We’re reopening a number of our outdoor places, including gardens and parks, in line with government guidance. You can now book to visit Corfe Castle, Kingston Lacy and Brownsea Island in Dorset, plus Stourhead just over the border in Wiltshire and Barrington Court, Montacute House and Lytes Cary Manor in Somerset.

Places to visit in Dorset

The rill garden in flower at Coleton Fishacre

Places to visit in the South West 

Find out which other places in the South West are open by county, and how to book to visit.

Summer in the outdoors

Summer family wildlife spotting

Summer family fun in Dorset 

Dorset has everything from glorious coast to an ancient castle and an Italian inspired palace. Don't forget, when planning a trip to Brownsea Island, Corfe Castle or Kingston Lacy you'll need to book ahead of your visit.

Visitors relaxing on the beach by the quay at Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, Dorset

Beaches in Dorset 

There are miles of natural beautiful coastline and beaches in Dorset to visit which we can look after thanks to your support. Here are a few of our top beaches along the Dorset coast.

Getting a nature fix

Recipes inspired by the South West

History fix

The garden illuminated at Christmas

Christmas at Stourhead 2020

A new magical, after-dark, illuminated trail filled with festive fun.