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Dorset boasts some of the best family friendly attractions and holiday homes that you will find anywhere in the UK. There are a variety of caravans, lodges, cottages and chalets to rent privately on holiday parks or on private land. The county has much to offer both young and old. Find out how Weymouth defended itself against attack at the North Fort and learn more about how the tanks descended upon Purbeck in the war at the Tank Museum. Fashion lovers will be in their element with the vintage collections on display at the Blandford Fashion Museum and if you love a bit of a thrill try zip lining along the world’s first pier to shore zip wire in Bournemouth.

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MARCH - MAY High 13.3°c Low 6.04°c Precipitation 0.04mm/hr
JUNE - AUGUST High 20.39°c Low 12.79°c Precipitation 0.04mm/hr
SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER High 14.74°c Low 8.62°c Precipitation 0.06mm/hr
DECEMBER - FEBRUARY High 8.82°c Low 2.25°c Precipitation 0.11mm/hr


Dorset has a number of holiday parks with holiday homes for hire and a variety of beautiful beaches including Studland, Lulworth Cove, Swanage and Ringstead Bay. During your stay why not take in the spectacular views as you hunt for fossilised remains of yesteryear or for a very different view of the coastline take a boat trip and look back to shore. You can visit the magnificent Lulworth Castle or wander through stately homes including Athelhampton, Smedmore House or Edmondsham House. Head to Weymouth and Bournemouth Pier for traditional holiday parks and seaside family entertainment and vibrant atmosphere.


Weymouth is a seaside town in Dorset, bustling with holiday parks, caravan rentals, holiday apartments and chalets. Its sandy beach is dotted with colorful beach huts and backed by Georgian holiday houses. Jurassic Skyline, a revolving viewing tower, and The Victorian North Fort offer harbour views. Weymouth Sea life Park is home to sharks, turtles and stingrays. On the fossil-rich Jurassic Coast is pebbly Chesil Beach. A causeway leads to Portland Island with its lighthouse and bird life.


Swanage has so much to offer everyone: a wealth of attractions to suit all ages, sporting and leisure activities, historic buildings and for the traditional seaside holiday there can be no better choice than Swanage. Great holiday parks and caravan rentals are in abundance. It is situated at the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site. The attractive town hosts plenty of interesting shops. You will be spoilt for choice with numerous places to eat and drink. Choose from cosy tea rooms, serving Dorset cream teas, hearty pub grub, continental cuisine to eat in or take away, seafood specialities and traditional fish and chips.

Durdle Door

Eroded by time and nature, Durdle Door is one of Dorset’s most photographed and iconic landmarks and has lovely holiday parks, caravan parks and private holiday homes. It is located on the Lulworth Estate in south Dorset and is part of the Jurassic Coast. The coastline is of such international geological importance that it was designated England’s first natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001 and is now part of a family of natural wonders including America’s Grand Canyon and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The magnificent natural limestone arch was formed when the power of the waves eroded the rock and forged a hole through the middle.


Dorset produces fantastic local food, from wild watercress to Dover Sole and Monk Fish to Dorset Blue Vinny Cheese. For your self catering holidays, you wont go wrong in Dorset. On the coast you'll find traditional fish and chips, fresh seafood and takeaways. Dorset is renowned for its exquisite cuisine, friendly people and beautiful settings.


Getting to Dorset is really easy. The county’s excellent travel connections via international airports, ferry ports, national and local railway services and a comprehensive road system makes Dorset one of the most accessible holiday destinations in the South West. Dorset is easily accessible by road, travelling to Dorset is an enjoyable and scenic journey. Dorset is served by a reliable rail network between many of the UK’s principal towns and local stations throughout the country. As Dorset is situated on the South Coast of England, there are a number of ferry services.