Dorset holiday guide

Abbotsbury Swannery

Abbotsbury Swannery ©Jamie Pullman/Flickr

It’s not difficult to see why the beautiful and dramatic county of Dorset has been favored by writers and poets for hundreds of years. The diverse landscape which sees imposing Jurassic cliffs looming over picturesque beaches and harbor towns makes for an impressive holiday location at any time of year.

There is a huge range of different types of Dorset holiday accommodation on offer but one of the most popular these days is the self catering cottage which can cater for every party size and requirement, be it a romantic retreat for two or a large house for a big family get together. A specialist holiday cottage agency will be able to offer you a choice of properties in some fantastic locations throughout the county, many with sea, river or country views – enjoy our Dorset holiday guide.

The Coastline of Dorset

Several of the beaches in Dorset permit dogs all year round so if your four legged friend is a member of the family you don’t want to leave behind look out for a holiday property which accepts pets. The whole of the South West is popular with holidaymakers, and although Dorset is one of the smallest counties in the area this is a bonus as it means that you are never far from something to see or do and all of the tourist attractions are within easy reach of each other.

Dorset coastline

Dorset coastline ©Hardo/Flickr

Dorset’s coastline forms part of the Jurassic Coast, England’s first World Heritage Site, and the rocks in the area record a staggering 185 million years of the Earth’s history. For those interested in finding out more there are specialist walks and boat trips or you can simply hop onto one of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast buses if you want to experience part of the coast path without tiring yourself out!

Must-see nearby Dorset

Lovers of a traditional English seaside holiday will be delighted with a visit to Weymouth. Its’ miles of golden sands have consistently been recognised as one of the top ten UK beach destinations and the shallow waters are perfect for paddling. Old fashioned favourites such as donkey rides and Punch and Judy shows can be found alongside a children’s rollercoaster, bungee trampoline and the amazing sand modeller who creates sculptures from the sand in front of your eyes.

Weymouth view

Weymouth view ©ell brown/Flickr

For those looking for a little more indulgence, the stylish resort of Poole boasts one of the world’s largest natural harbours and nearby Bournemouth has established itself as a cosmopolitan resort with stylish bars and eateries located next to seven miles of golden sand and crystal blue sea.

Dorset in the winter

Abbotsbury Swannery, England

Abbotsbury Swannery ©photoverulam/Flickr

For those visiting during the winter months there are plenty of indoor attractions to explore including the Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park, family favourite Adventure Wonderland and the award winning Dorset County Museum which has a reconstruction of the study of Dorset’s most famous writer Thomas Hardy.

Abbotsbury Swannery

Abbotsbury Swannery ©Jamie Pullman/Flickr

Animal lovers will definitely enjoy visiting attractions such as the Monkey World ape rescue centre and sanctuary in Wareham, and Abbotsbury Swannery which is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of over 600 free flying friendly swans.

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