Everything from an island, ancient coasts and hidden gems, to a castle, cottages and a home inspired by an Italian palace, there are plenty of things to do in Dorset.
A lavish family home re-imagined as a Venetian Palace in the rural Dorset countryside.
Thousand-year-old royal castle shaped by warfare.
Vast area of sandy beaches and heathland.
Stunning coastline overlooking the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site
Iron Age hill fort with far reaching views and spectacular wildflowers
Iron Age hillfort home to protected wildlife
Famous for scouting, wildlife, birds and red squirrels. Brownsea Island will reopen in spring 2024.
The rural retreat of T E Lawrence. Reopens in spring 2024.
A corn mill with wooden equipment in a riverside setting. Reopens in spring 2024.
Hardy's Cottage is now closed, but will re-open on 19 March 2024.
Hardy's House, Max Gate is now closed but will re-open on 20 March 2024.
Making new friends, working in amazing places, and knowing that you're helping a great cause - just three great reasons to volunteer with the National Trust in Dorset.
Studland Bay is always looking for friendly and passionate volunteers to join the team. Volunteers play a big part in caring for habitats and helping visitors across Purbeck.
Find out all you need to know about joining the volunteer team at White Mill, from the kind of work our volunteers help with and how to get in touch.
There are numerous ways that you can volunteer with the National Trust at Kingston Lacy. Find out how to join our team.
Whether you want to get hands on helping with conservation work in the great outdoors, or enjoy special talks and visits to properties and gardens, find a group for you.
Stay at a National Trust holiday cottage, or campsite, in Dorset and discover more above this special county.
Discover golden beaches, ruined castles and rolling countryside from this cosy, rural escape at the heart of the Jurassic coast.
An eye-catching thatched cottage on the Kingston Lacy estate, where you’ll find miles of footpaths through lush rolling countryside waiting to be explored.
At the edge of Poole Harbour, with green fields all around this 1940s cottage has views to Brownsea Island.
In the shadow of Corfe Castle, this former groom’s cottage is a quirky retreat in a historic village.
Get a spectacular taste of 1930’s glamour in this stunning Art-Deco, Hollywood -Spanish inspired style villa on the Dorset coast.
Five sea-view pitches in the grounds of an old dairy farm, with walks inland to the Purbeck hills or to Chapman’s Pool on the Jurassic Coast.
A peaceful site surrounded by grassland and ancient trees on the Kingston Lacy estate, a short stroll from the house and gardens.
A meadow campsite just off the South West Coast Path, with walks inland to the Purbeck hills or to Chapman’s Pool on the Jurassic Coast.
Looking for greener travel options to the places in our care in Dorset? Find out how you can travel by train, bus, bike or on foot.
There are a number of sustainable options for travelling to and from the places in our care in Devon, whether you’re looking to travel by train, bus, bike or foot. Here’s a little more information that can help you plan your visit.
Join us for tasty treats, seasonal shopping and a magical atmosphere in Kingston Lacy's Courtyard this Winter.
Christmas folklore from across the world comes to Kingston Lacy house this winter, with beautiful decorations and stories for the whole family to discover.
Would you like to try Nordic walking in the beautiful surroundings of Kingston Lacy? Dorset Council run weekly walks every Tuesday at 10am that last an hour. These one-hour walks are designed to help you improve your fitness levels and get...
Would you like to try a gentle Nordic walk in the beautiful surroundings of Kingston Lacy? Dorset Council run weekly walks every Tuesday at 10am that last an hour. A gentle Nordic Walk incorporating mobility exercises to help with flexibility,...
Would you like to take up cycling again, have lost confidence, or would just like to ride with other people using traffic-free trails or quiet country lanes? These rides are led by trained volunteers from Dorset Council's Health and Activity...
This festive season, join us on an adventure to find Santa in his hidden storybook nook for a cosy Christmas tale, an early gift and a chance to take a photo with the man himself! Pre-book your tickets here. Normal property admission applies.