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How many of these places in Dorset have you visited?

In the lovely West Country, Dorset is a rural and beautiful county waiting to explore, and one of the unique details is that there is not one single city. Filled with vibrant market towns and picturesque villages, award-winning beaches, and scenic countryside, Dorset is a fabulous place to visit with many fantastic locations to explore. So if you are heading to Dorset anytime soon then here are some of the best places to visit. 

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These are the bets places to visit in Dorset


Christchurch is a real “old world” location that gives you the benefit of a beautiful beach and bustling town, as well as some fabulous countryside. It is a great place full of lovely shops, bars, and restaurants. The historic church, two rivers to boat upon or walk along, two quays, and two historic castles to explore, there really is a lot to do and see. It is also a town that has plenty of events going on usually, so it is always worth looking online to see what is coming up.

Enjoy the town, or head to the four miles of coastline and enjoy the beach, fly a kite, or even go for a swim. A great place the whole family can enjoy. 


The coastal town of Weymouth has always been a popular destination for a day out at the beach, so it is a worthwhile place to consider visiting on your trip to Dorset. There is the harbour that sits at the mouth of the river where it meets the sea. The quays are a great place to explore, as well as a beautiful white sandy beach that is awarded for being safe for families.

Whether it is the kite festival or the seafood festival, there are also some great events throughout the year. It has plenty of shops and places to eat and is a thriving area waiting to be explored. 


Bournemouth is one of the more well-known places to visit in Dorset and is popular for couples, friends, and families. It also has a lot of historical references as it was a popular location in Victorian times, being a place that had divine beauty, a lovely coastline as well as countryside to explore. Most people come to Bournemouth to experience the 7 miles of coastline which are perfect for families to embrace a day at the sea, but there is also plenty of artisan and boutique shops with places to eat and drink in abundance in the Square. A lovely location to see. 


For anyone who loves history, Dorchester is a great location to consider. It is the place where Thomas Hardy, the Victorian writer, spent most of his time. While you visit you can explore Thomas Hardy’s cottage or the manor house he stayed in until he died. If you are looking for a more outgoing place then you may want to head to the revamped brewery where you can find places to drink with pop-up food stalls bursting at the seams. 

The Jurassic Coast 

Another iconic location has to be the Jurassic Coast. Famous for being a rugged coastline, you can go on a hunt to find fossils dating back to the Jurassic period as there are 185 million years of natural history. There is also one of the highest cliff points and close by a village called Charmouth. So when you are done fossil hunting and exploring the rugged terrain, you can then head to the village where you will find lovely cafes and beautiful scenery. A great option to consider on your visit to Dorset. 


On a natural harbour, you will find Poole. It is a working maritime location with plenty to see ad do. But one of the main points that attract many people to the location is to head to the famous Sandbanks. A place where the rich and famous live and the beaches can rival those of faraway shores. It has over a kilometer of white sandy beaches perfect for a day out with the family. 

Lyme Regis 

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a fossil hunter and have already been to the Jurassic Coast then another option to consider is heading to Lyme Regis. Monmouth Beach is where one of the most famous fossil hunters Mary Anning made a lot of her discoveries. However, if you are not a fan of sandy beaches or are interested in fossil hunting then Cobb Beach is a Pebble beach and perfect for you to explore and enjoy that seaside fresh air. 

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Hopefully, this has made you more aware of some of the best places to visit in Dorset. 

Laura x

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These are the best places to visit in Dorset that are great for the whole family. Explore the UK and enjoy all Dorset has to offer by Laura at My Beautiful Mess

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