You’ll find action and adventure in resort towns like Bournemouth, Weymouth and Poole, charismatic local atmosphere in destinations like Corfe, Wimborne Minster and Swanage and awe-inspiring landscapes along the Jurassic Coast.
If there is one highlight that will complete all holidays to Dorset, it is paying a visit to the expansive and remarkable Jurassic Coast. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a natural wonder, holding the answers to many secrets of our prehistoric world. The coast has some fantastic walking trails, with Lyme Regis providing a great base to explore the coast while also boasting the Lyme Regis Museum which offers fascinating fossil hunts along the beaches and bays.
For a little flavour of that British seaside holiday, there are numerous resort towns that can provide you with a view of the sea and a taste of summer. Bournemouth boasts a vibrant nightlife, a beautiful sandy beach and various fun activities for families, like crazy golf and water sports. The town is home to some top 5-star hotels to keep you comfortable during your stay. Weymouth is another great destination for Dorset holidays, decorated with colourful houses, a pretty beach and boasting close access to the J Coast, as well as proudly hosting the water-based events at the 2012 Olympic Games - so expect a fantastic water sports scene.
Holidays to Dorset don’t always have to be about the coast – there are many more family-friendly attractions that don’t require you to get your swimming gear on. Wareham is home to the Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre which promotes the assisting of worldwide governments in preventing the illegal smuggling of primates. The centre is home to various monkeys which you can learn about first-hand in an educational environment. Another worthwhile visit, albeit sea-orientated, is the Sea Life Adventure Park in Weymouth. Get up close and personal with crazy creatures of the sea, hop on the rides or have a round or two of mini-golf.