Guide to Dorset Holidays, UK

Stretching from Lyme Regis in the west to New Milton in the East, Dorset is a hub of activity in the South West of England. The county is made up of small villages and towns; Poole and Bournemouth are towns rather than cities as perhaps would have been expected, and the county also boasts the UK’s most expensive houses in Sandbanks, Poole Bay.

Bournemouth has become the destination for many people considering a beach holiday on the south coast and quite rightly so, its beaches are wide, long and sandy and with the local amenities to service thousands of holidaymakers. However, many families prefer the quieter more rural west Dorset, to get away from the hustle and bustle of airports, hotel chains and motorways in the east. Camping here is popular, on the coast as well as inland, around the county town of Dorchester and Bridport Use this link to find campsites in Dorset.

Those looking for a beach holiday here will find good resorts in Lyme Regis, Weymouth and Portland. In fact, these 3 resorts are within the Jurassic Coast. An area stretching nearly 100 miles from Exmouth in Devon to Swanage in Dorset, that holds many treasures that show-off the Earth’s history for over 100 million years. The Jussaric Coast reveals even more treasures each year, as coast erosion uncovers more fossils.

Here the town of Charmouth is a popular spot, the cliffs are made up of the soft clay that formed nearly 200 million years ago. Spend a day here, or a little further along the beach to Golden Cap, and you could find fossil seashells, fossil wood and even preserved bones from marine reptiles like Plesiosaurs. The heritage centre at Charmouth is well worth a visit, but first try www.charmouth.org for more information about visiting the area.

Eyes of the world were on Weymouth and Portland this summer, as they hosted the Olympic Sailing events. Weymouth, like Llandudno in North Wales, is old Victorian seaside town with everything you would expect, such as Punch & Judy on the beach, donkey rides and amusements by the prom. Neighbouring Portland, an island connected to the mainland by the A354 road bridge - famous for its limestone mining industry, its limestone used for the building of St Paul’s Cathedral and the UN HQ in New York â€â€œ is well worth a visit. Its castle, Portland Bill lighthouse and great views of Chesil Beach will keep you amused.

Top 5 places not too miss in Dorset:

  • 1. Golden Cap
  • 2. Crabbing at West Bay
  • 3. Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre
  • 4. Corfe Castle, Purbeck
  • 5. Weymouth Sea Life Park

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