The county of Dorset which winds along the Jurassic Coast boasts some of the most beautiful coast and countryside, with a climate of warm summers and mild winters due to its position on Britain's south coast. The towns of Poole, Weymouth and Swanage are popular for their beaches. Lyme Regis is one of Dorset’s most popular visitor destinations, home to glorious golden sand, stunning scenery and safe bathing waters protected by the famous Cobb, this charming town makes for a wonderful day at the seaside.
Dorset’s incredible coastline is famous for its fossil-flecked cliffs. Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site due to its outstanding geology, take a trip through 185 million years of earth’s history as you journey along the shore. There are many famous spectacular geological landmarks along the Jurassic Coast including Old Harry Rocks, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and West Bay.
For the literary-minded, trace Thomas Hardy novels on open heaths and vales, used as a backdrop for his tales of love and tragedy. This is ancient Wessex; home of The Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess, and Jude the Obscure. Whilst exploring the beautiful landscape, stop for a romantic supper in Tess of the D'Urbervilles' ‘Sow and Acorn’ (the Acorn Inn at Evershot), or visit the Isle of Purbeck, which is said to have inspired Enid Blyton's books.
Take in breathtaking views at the majestic ruins of Corfe Castle, the 1000-year-old fortress above a Dorset village that's filled with lopsided cottages. Explore the island of Portland’s rugged landscape and breathtaking views or discover its history, heritage and nature. Enjoy woodland walks and cosy inns, and immerse yourself in the romantic landscape that Hardy, the renowned writer, called home. From bluebell bedecked woodlands in spring and the vibrant purple of sun-warmed heaths in summer, to autumnal shades of golden yellow and drinks around cosy pub fires in winter, you’ll find something to love in every season in Dorset.
More to see
Durdle Door: A stunning natural limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast near Lulworth.
Corfe Castle: Built by William the Conqueror, the castle dates to the 11th century and commands the Purbeck Hills.
Monkey World: The monkey rescue center and sanctuary where you can meet the largest group of chimpanzees outside of Africa.
Brownsea Island: The largest of the islands in Poole Harbour, owned by the National Trust and kept as a nature reserve for many bird species, and the rare British red squirrel.
Kingston Lacy: An elegant country mansion set in beautiful gardens, with a Venetian twist!
The Russell-Cotes Museum: One of the last Victorian houses to be built in England, this museum and art gallery has stunning, panoramic views of the sea.
Portland Bill Lighthouse: Explore the island of Portland with a trip to it’s most southerly point - climb the lighthouse for incredible views!
Lyme Regis: The best place to search for fossils on the Jurassic Coast, this quaint seaside town is also a foodie’s paradise.
Jurassic Coast: The 96-mile world heritage site famous for its abundance of fossils.