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 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.

What to see in Dorset

Literary gems

A family enjoying a picnic

Some perfect picnic spots  

Having a picnic on a lazy, hazy, summer day is what memories are made of - whether its sand in the sandwiches or relaxing looking at a perfect view.

Summer in the outdoors

What's on in Dorset

Upcoming events

Kingston Lacy

Ladies beginner running group

Mon 26 Jun 2017
If you consider yourself a beginner, whether or not you can only just run to the next lamp post or can manage a mile or more then these sessions with a supportive Run England leader are for you.
Kingston Lacy

Estate walks 2017

Mon 26 Jun 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

Mon 26 Jun 2017
Once upon a time on an island in Poole Harbour, legends were being challenged.
Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy house tickets

Mon 26 Jun 2017
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

Guided garden walks

Mon 26 Jun 2017
Join our volunteer garden guides who will bring the gardens to life.
Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy Health Cycle Rides 2017

Thu 29 Jun 2017
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).
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.

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.

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