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Exploring Dorset

Sand, sea, craggy cliffs, rock formations, and country parks... Dorset is bursting with things do see and do, whatever the season. Hunt for fossils with little ones, picnic among the sand dunes on a warm summer's day or spend hours splashing about in the waves at one of the many sandy beaches.

Local attractions near Swanage Bay View

Head to Studland and capture stunning holiday snaps looking out towards Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight, something to show your friends back home and fill your insta feed with. Must see natural landmarks for big and little ones include Durdle Door, an ancient stone arch, and the layered cliffs near picture-perfect Lulworth Cove. 

Pack your buckets and spades, sandwiches and swimmers and head to Poole or Swanage to feel the fine sand slipping between your toes, see the colourful beach huts and grab an ice cream.

Known as a rural county, Dorset is also home to acres of county parks and heathland, great for nature-lovers looking for wildlife. Make sure you have a day trip to Durlston Country Park on your list. Stunning coastal views, walking trails, interesting geology and fascinating wildlife, means there is plenty to see and do, whether it's just the two of you or you are looking for family fun. Here's a top tip, it's also one of the best places to spot dolphins too!

Watersports enthusiasts, family holidays, romantic weekend breaks, energetic walkers and keen cyclists, no matter your reason for visiting, you will be sure to find something in Dorset to capture your heart.

Places to visit

11 minute drive
11 minute drive

Weymouth Beach

Weymouth Beach is a beautiful sandy beach overlooked by a magnificent Georgian seafront.

For opening dates and further information, please visit the attraction's website.

33 minute drive
35 minute drive
43 minute drive

Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle is a picturesque village and civil parish in Dorset.

For opening dates and further information, please visit the attraction's website.

57 minute drive

Swanage Railway

Swanage Railway is the ideal place to enjoy a fun family day out in Dorset.

For opening dates and further information, please visit the attraction's website.

61 minute drive

Sandbanks Beach

Sandbanks Beach is the ideal location for a family day out in a stunning location.

For opening dates and further information, please visit the attraction's website.

62 minute drive

Poole Harbour

Poole Harbour is a harbour in Dorset closed to the town of Poole.

For opening dates and further information, please visit the attraction's website.

68 minute drive

Adventure Wonderland

Adventure Wonderland is a family theme park in Hurn, near Bournemouth.

For opening dates and further information, please visit the attraction's website.

Discovering different...

Whilst you wait... just think about being in your swimmers, the sun's out and the smiles are big