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 spring. 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

The great outdoors

Writing Places

We're looking for a Writer in Residence 

Interested in being a Writer in Residence at Greenway, Devon or Hardy's Cottage in Dorset? Find out more here.

What's on in Dorset

Upcoming events

Studland Bay

Seashore Explorer Week

Tue 30 May 2017
10:00-16:00
Come and discover the hidden secrets of the seashore throughout May half term at Studland.
Brownsea Island

The Great Brownsea Storybook Adventure trail

Tue 30 May 2017
10:30-16:00
Once upon a time on an island in Poole Harbour, legends were being challenged.
Corfe Castle

'The Spice Box'

Tue 30 May 2017
13:30-14:15
A captivating, humorous story, a mysterious spice box has been washed up and captured on the shores of Purbeck. What is its story?
Kingston Lacy

Guided garden walks

Tue 30 May 2017
13:30-14:30
Join our volunteer garden guides who will bring the gardens to life.
Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy house tickets

Tue 30 May 2017
14:00-14:30
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.
Kingston Lacy

Estate walks 2017

Wed 31 May 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.

More from the South West

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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Public notices in Dorset 

Following The Charity Commission’s Direction the National Trust (in common with all charities) must give public notice of disposals of leases and easements of inalienable land held for charitable purposes for a term of more than 35 years

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