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 winter. There are lots of places to go and a huge choice for days out. There's also dramatic coastline, unspoiled countryside and beautiful gardens for a fix of fresh air and chance to let off steam in the great outdoors.

Literary gems

The Drake portrait

Sir Francis Drake comes home to Buckland Abbey 

This year the portrait of Sir Francis Drake, which belongs to the National Portrait Gallery, is at Buckland Abbey, offering a rare opportunity to see this wonderful Elizabethan portrait exhibited in his former Devon home.

What's on in Dorset
English bluebell, Hyacinthus non-scriptus, in the garden in May at Killerton, Devon

Bluebells in the South West 

From Godolpin in Cornwall to Stourhead in Wiltshire, places in the South West are brimming with bluebells during the spring months. Take a look at this list to see where bluebells are blooming near you.

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.

Upcoming events

Studland Bay

Learn to coastal row

Mon 27 May 2019
09:00-11:00
Try something new with a 4-part course, from a professional rowing coach, at Knoll Beach.
Studland Bay

May half term 50 things activities and trail

Mon 27 May 2019
10:00-16:00
Visit the Discovery Centre over the May half term to explore new parts of Studland and tick off activities from the new 50 Things booklet
Kingston Lacy

May half-term

Mon 27 May 2019
10:00-16:00
Join us for some wild fun over May half-term; explore the woodlands and parkland, have a go at some of the 50 Things to do before you're 11¾, and celebrate birds, bugs and bees with some hands-on activities.
Brownsea Island

May half-term

Mon 27 May 2019
10:00-16:00
While away your half-term days with an adventure on Brownsea Island this May.
Brownsea Island

Eco adventure camping

Mon 27 May 2019
10:00-23:59
An opportunity for the experienced camper who loves nature and the great outdoors, to camp overnight on this magical island.
Corfe Castle

May half term: Corfe Castle village May Fair

Mon 27 May 2019
10:00-17:00
Visit the castle and enjoy a traditional May Fair celebration organised by Corfe Castle village

Where to go today?

Nearby

Somerset

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

Wiltshire

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

Devon

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