Home to some of the most beautiful views in the UK, the county of Dorset is a favourite for everything from romantic breaks to adventures that will take you back to your childhood. You can explore imposing castles, go for long walks along historic coastlines or hunt for bugs in one of Dorset’s many nature reserves, working up an appetite before a visit to one of the many pubs, restaurants or cafés serving flavourful, high quality food that has been prepared using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients that were grown within the region.
Romantic destinations such as Dorset’s Blue Pool are perfect places for gentle walks, anniversary celebrations and even marriage proposals – places where lasting memories are made. The Blue Pool is set amongst the Purbeck Hills and is an ever-changing body of water that moves between shades of blue and green, so that it rarely looks the same from one day to the next. Other incredible sights include the Cerne Abbas Giant and Durdle Door, which are both iconic landmarks that you’ll want to capture on camera.
Children will love a holiday or short break in Dorset, where family attractions include a variety of farm parks, the Dinosaur Museum, the Splashdown Water Park and the Adventure Wonderland theme park. Whether you’re travelling with your children or your grandchildren, you’re sure to be their favourite person when you suggest a child-friendly day out to an attraction designed for them!
Dorset is a rugged county and has long been a place of artistic inspiration. Thomas Hardy used Dorset as a setting in his novels, but gave the region the fictional name of ‘Wessex’. Take time to stop for a picnic, and to take in the spectacular scenery that you might recognise from some of your favourite films and TV shows, from Broadchurch to the film adaptation of Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’. Enjoy golf, horse riding and rock climbing, or a calmer holiday experience with days spent on the beach or strolling around the grounds of Forde Abbey or Athelhampton House. As you explore the wild, natural parts of Dorset and the carefully maintained locations that have been influenced by people, you’ll find it easy to see why artists, photographers and writers have looked to the county for decades.
With top tourist resorts such as Weymouth and Bournemouth, and with idyllic market towns such as Shaftesbury, Beaminster and pretty little Wimborne Minster, there can be no denying that Dorset is a county of contrast. As you walk the cobbled streets of Gold Hill, made famous in the Hovis advert, or go on a relaxing boat trip along the River Stour, you’ll be able to enjoy every moment knowing that there’s a comfortable bed and a warm welcome waiting at your chosen Dorset hotel.