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 autumn. 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.

Half-term activities in Dorset

Literary gems

Brownsea Island woods, Dorset

Autumn walks in Dorset 

Explore the changing season from coastline to woodland with our favourite walks

What's on in Dorset

Upcoming events

Kingston Lacy

Estate walks 2017

Fri 22 Sep 2017
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.
Brownsea Island

The Great Brownsea Storybook Adventure trail

Fri 22 Sep 2017
Once upon a time on an island in Poole Harbour, legends were being challenged.
Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy house entry tickets from 18 September - 12 November

Fri 22 Sep 2017
A lavish family home built to resemble an Italian Palace. Kingston Lacy presents EXILE a bold new installation exploring the life and exile of William John Bankes as part of the Prejudice and Pride programme. Book your timed ticket for the house.
Hardy's Cottage

Writer in Residence

Fri 22 Sep 2017
Finding inspiration from the Cottage, its stories and its surroundings, a writer in residence will share their work and thoughts with visitors.
Hardy's Cottage

'Writing Places' writing workshop with Virginia Astley: Autumn 1

Fri 22 Sep 2017
'He looked and smelt like autumn's very brother, his face being sunburnt to wheat-colour, his eyes blue as cornflowers'.
Kingston Lacy

Guided garden walks

Fri 22 Sep 2017
Join our volunteer garden guides who will bring the gardens to life.
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.

In the South West



From Tudor houses and hidden gardens to tors, gorges and natural piers, see what Somerset has to offer.


World-famous gardens, villages and ancient landscapes, and some lesser-known gems can all be found in Wiltshire


Journey from wild coasts, moorland and curious historic houses to lush gardens and beaches in Devon.