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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What's on in Dorset

Dorset is a great place to spend some time in the winter. 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.

The great outdoors

Winter walk at Trelissick

Find a place to visit 

Discover somewhere to visit using our search. In the South West you're never far from somewhere to explore.

Upcoming events

Kingston Lacy

Guided walk, Holt Heath

Mon 27 Feb 2017
10:00-12:00
New walk for 2017 exploring Holt Heath. Distance 3-4 miles, time approx 2 hours.
Kingston Lacy

Estate walks 2017

Mon 27 Feb 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.
Kingston Lacy

Rediscovering Kingston Lacy

Mon 27 Feb 2017
11:00-15:00
New year, new exhibition.
Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy house tickets

Wed 01 Mar 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.
Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy Health Cycle Rides 2017

Thu 02 Mar 2017
09:30-11:00
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 15 minutes early).
Hardy's Cottage

Wessex cookbook

Fri 03 Mar 2017
11:00-16:00
Come and experience the sights, smells and tastes of Hardy's beloved Wessex, as the team prepare various recipes from Victorian Dorset. Every Friday through March, April and May.
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.

A dog playing on Studland Beach, Dorset

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.

Snowdrops at Prior Park

Find an event 

Places in the South West host everything from guided house tours and ranger days to winter walks.

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Wiltshire

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Devon

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