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 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.

Some inspiration for the spring

Literary gems

A boy with an orange rucksack, on his father's shoulders at Brownsea Island, Dorset

Spring walks in Dorset  

Here are some suggestions of our favourite places to take a spring walk in Dorset. From coast to island, hill to castle, there's lots of places to explore on foot.

Joyce, Lady Heathcoat-Amory

Women and Power - tell us your stories 

Who do you know in your community, in your family or in the public eye who use their position, or time and energy to make a difference to the lives of others? Perhaps you have been inspired by the stories from women’s history and the suffrage movement when visiting Women & Power exhibitions at National Trust places?

What's on in Dorset

Upcoming events

Brownsea Island

Nature themed trail this May half-term

Sun 27 May 2018
Discover nature this half-term on Brownsea Island
Kingston Lacy

Explore. Seek. Imagine.

Sun 27 May 2018
Explore the new Woodland Trail at Kingston Lacy this half-term, full of things to see, hear, smell and be inspired by.
Corfe Castle

Civil War: Besieged

Sun 27 May 2018
Experience musket drills, weaponry displays and a dramatic re-enactment of the first siege in 1642.
Studland Bay

Seashore Explorers

Sun 27 May 2018
What lurks beneath the waves? Come and discover the hidden secrets of the seashore and make a sand sculpture or shell mobile.
Clouds Hill

1918: the road to Damascus

Sun 27 May 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

Sun 27 May 2018
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. Normal admission applies.

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