Dorset on the south coast of England boasts one of the countries loveliest coastlines. Known as the Jurassic Coast, long stretches of beaches are backed by stunning fossil-filled cliffs with fascinating rock formations displaying millions of years of geological history. However, beyond the beaches, there’s plenty for all the family to enjoy including historic castles and forts, countryside walks and fabulous seafood. Here we’ve rounded up some of the top reasons why we think Dorset should be on your summer holiday bucket list.

Dorset’s rich history

If you fancy yourself a historian, there are plenty of amazing landmarks around Dorset to explore. Take in the rich history of Corfe Castle (pictured below), the impossibly quaint cobbled street of Gold Hill (of the Hovis advert fame) or Lulworth Castle & Park, to name just a few, for a history enriched day out. Before you visit a historic site, do a quick search and read up on its story. It will make it all the more interesting when you see it for yourself.

Clouds lit up by a firey sunst over the ruins of Corfe Castle, Dorset


Food and drink in Dorset

The county is well known for its fabulous fresh fish. There are some wonderful fishmongers selling freshly caught fish and shellfish. If you ask, most will prepare their products ready for cooking, perfect for a self-catering holiday. Check out The Fish Stall, Christchurch or Davy’s Locker in Bridport.

Small fishing boat on a pebbly beach by a beuatiful blue sea

Also in Bridport, you’ll find R J Balson & Son, Britain’s oldest family butchers established in 1515. All their meats and poultry are thoughtfully sourced, including the local free range Chidlhay Manor pork.

Other local produce to look out for include numerous craft beers, such as the award-winning ales from Palmers Brewery in Bridport, the delectable preserves From Dorset with Love, James’s Cheese from Gold Hill Organic Farm, and Dorset Blue Vinny Cheese from Woodbridge Farm.


Self-catering holidays in Dorset

Dorset offers some truly amazing places to stay whilst on holiday. Take your pick from traditional Dorset Holiday Cottages, and put your feet up in front of a log burner at the end of a day out exploring. Or perhaps you’d prefer to take in the views of the ocean from an ultra-modern apartment. There really is something for everyone. Do your research before you book to find a local provider who knows the area well and is happy to help you plan your perfect holiday!

Thatched cottage in Dorset


Enjoying the great outdoors

Well known for its sublime scenery, incredible coastlines and unique geology, Dorset is the perfect destination for anyone looking to reconnect with nature. From lazing on the beach taking in the stunning views of Durdle Door (featured image) to heading to the hills in your walking boots, the great outdoors really is the best stress buster to combat the hectic lives we lead. There are numerous public footpaths and walking routes to suit every level of walker including family-friendly trails. Buy an Ordnance Survey map to check out the public footpaths, bridleways and permissive routes. They also publish an excellent guide book, Outstanding Circular Walks in Dorset.

shingle beach on the Jurasic Coast

The beaches of Dorset are popular with fossil hunters so do keep an eye out for what might be lying beneath your feet as you stroll along the shoreline.

So, there you have it, just some of many reasons to make Dorset your next holiday destination! With so many amazing activities to take part in and nature to explore, it’s no wonder why this is a popular destination!

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