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

Literary gems

Kingston Lacy in Wimborne, Dorset

Find a place to visit 

In the South West you're never far from a National Trust garden, house or countryside walk.

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.

Upcoming events

Brownsea Island

Eco adventure camping

Wed 26 Jun 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.
Studland Bay

Daily beach hut rental

Thu 27 Jun 2019
08:00-17:00
Book your own personal hut as a base to enjoy the sandy shores of Studland.
Studland Bay

Learn to coastal row

Thu 27 Jun 2019
09:00-11:00
Try something new with a 4-part course, from a professional rowing coach, at Knoll Beach.
Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy Health Cycle Rides

Thu 27 Jun 2019
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 by 9.15am for a prompt start).
Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy house tickets

Thu 27 Jun 2019
11:00-11:15
Planning to explore the house on your visit? Please pre-book your free timed entry ticket here. There’s plenty to see in this lavish home built to resemble an Italian Palace, from beautifully detailed carvings to intimate family souvenirs.
Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy House Tickets *June 2019*

Thu 27 Jun 2019
11:30-11:45
Planning to explore the house on your visit? Please pre-book your free timed entry ticket here. There’s plenty to see in this lavish home built to resemble an Italian Palace, from beautifully detailed carvings to intimate family souvenirs.
Solsbury Hill

What's on 

There are hundreds of events happening across the South West, including outdoor theatre, bee trails and book festivals.

Behind the scenes from experts

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

Summer walks in Dorset  

Our pick of the top walks in Dorset this summer take in history, coast, wildlife, heaths and even an Iron Age hill fort.

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.