Dorset

Everything from an island, ancient coasts and hidden gems to a castle, cottages and an Italian inspired palace

Places to visit

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Dorset is a great place to spend some time in the summer. There are lots of places to go and a huge choice for a day out. There's also dramatic coastline, unspolit countryside and beautiful gardens for a fix of fresh air and chance to let off steam in the great outdoors.

What to see in Dorset

Literary gems

A family enjoying a picnic

Some perfect picnic spots  

Having a picnic on a lazy, hazy, summer day is what memories are made of - whether its sand in the sandwiches or relaxing looking at a perfect view.

Summer in the outdoors

What's on in Dorset

Upcoming events

Kingston Lacy

Summer holiday fun at Kingston Lacy

Wed 26 Jul 2017
10:00-17:00
Join a royal adventure at Kingston Lacy this summer, inspired by the National Gallery loan of the painting La Tela Real.
Kingston Lacy

Estate walks 2017

Wed 26 Jul 2017
10:00-12:00
Enjoy the opportunity to experience Kingston Lacy park and estate on a range of beautiful estate walks throughout the year. Walks take place each month - please see website for dates and walk details.
Corfe Castle

Tudor Adventure

Wed 26 Jul 2017
10:00-17:00
Take a step back in time to the late Tudor period (1572 to 1603), where a journey full of surprises awaits.
Studland Bay

To the Beach and Beyond

Wed 26 Jul 2017
10:30-16:00
Take on the Studland Summer of Sport Challenge!
Brownsea Island

The Great Brownsea Storybook Adventure trail

Wed 26 Jul 2017
10:30-16:00
Once upon a time on an island in Poole Harbour, legends were being challenged.
Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy house tickets

Wed 26 Jul 2017
11:00-11:30
A lavish family home built to resemble an Italian Palace. There's plenty to see, from grand, beautifully detailed carvings, to intimate family souvenirs. Book your timed ticket for the house.
Vineyard Farm Cottage in Corfe Castle

Why not stay a while?  

Staying in a National Trust holiday cottage provides the chance to explore Dorset in greater depth. Find out more here.

Dog walking in Dorset 

If you have a dog, it's no-doubt very much a part of your family life. So here are some of the fantastic locations that you and your friend can explore in Dorset.

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