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 days out. There's also dramatic coastline, unspoilt countryside and beautiful gardens for a fix of fresh air and chance to let off steam in the great outdoors.

Kingston Lacy in Wimborne, Dorset

Kingston Lacy on Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh 

Join Alan Titchmarsh as he goes behind the scenes at our places in a second series of Secrets of the National Trust. At Kingston Lacy Alan unearths the story of William John Bankes, an Egyptologist who filled his family mansion with treasures while exiled abroad, but never got to see the home he lovingly created. Tune in on 1 August at 9pm, Channel 5 to find out more.

Family having a picnic on the lawn outside the house at Kingston Lacy, Dorset.

Summer holidays in Dorset  

Summer days in Dorset are perfect for family fun, for adventure, for sport, for creating memories and for getting close to nature.

Things to see and do

Literary gems

View of Hod Hill, Dorset, and the surrounding countryside, on a June evening

Summer walks in Dorset  

Great view points to discover, archaeology to wonder at, wildlife to spot and wild flowers in abundance make walking in Dorset a delight.

High Brown Fritillary in the sun on a plant

A good news story: High Brown Fritillary is making a bumper early appearance 

The UK’s most endangered butterfly, the High Brown Fritillary, is making a bumper early appearance at a remote British habitat in North Devon, despite serious worries about their population.

What's on in Dorset

Upcoming events

Kingston Lacy

Threads of Narrative

Wed 18 Jul 2018
Step into the Laundry to discover a new artistic textile installation inspired by the Bankes Archive and the lives and stories of some of the women of the Bankes family who have shaped Kingston Lacy.
Clouds Hill

1918: the road to Damascus

Wed 18 Jul 2018
The travels and exploits of T E Lawrence in Arabia during 1918, month by month, are explored in a series of leaflets; each month a new one will be issued and given to visitors on arrival at Clouds Hill.
Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy house tickets

Wed 18 Jul 2018
A lavish family home built to resemble an Italian Palace. There's plenty to see, including 'Beyond the Portrait', a new installation for 2018. Book your timed ticket for the house. Normal admission applies.
Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy Health Cycle Rides

Thu 19 Jul 2018
Every Thursday, in partnership with Moors Valley Country Park, come and join our fun, friendly and active free cycle rides from 9.30am (please arrive by 9.15am for a prompt start).
Hardy's Cottage

Biodiversity Day

Fri 20 Jul 2018
Come along to Hardy's Cottage and meet our team of Volunteer Ecologists. They will be setting up moth traps to collect data about the variety of species that can be found in Hardy's garden. The moths will be displayed in dishes so you can have a...
Brownsea Island

Marvel at moths and camp under canvas

Fri 20 Jul 2018
Experience a unique opportunity to camp under canvas at the site of the original scout camp on Brownsea Island. Wake up to the sounds of nature and head to the heathland to discover the marvellous moths that make this special place their home.

Ideas for mindfulness and well being



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