Dorset Travel Guide

  • Memorial To George III
    Memorial To George III
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  • A Trio Of Pubs Down By The Harbour
    A Trio Of Pubs Down By The Harbour
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Bournemouth

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208,466,209

Weymouth

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147,272,80

Poole

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62,182,30

Swanage

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37,117,27

Lyme Regis

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46,95,3

West Lulworth

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22,57,1

Dorchester

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66,172,28

Corfe Castle

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57,200,4

Kimmeridge

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45,87,0

Studland

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17,80,0

Bovington Camp

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16,31,0

Worth Matravers

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15,45,0

Christchurch

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4,25,15

Preston

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0,1,22

Charmouth

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5,6,1

Brownsea Island

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0,1,0

Shaftesbury

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2,4,9

Osmington

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4,3,1

Boscombe

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1,53,0

Wareham

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10,71,2

Bournemouth

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  • Beach

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bournemouth Things to Do

    Of course I knew that Bournemouth was a beach town, but when I went to the beach on my first afternoon in town, it took my breath away for a short moment. I really had not expected such an impressive sight! Bournemouth is located at Poole Bay, a beautiful stretch of sand, 16km long! It runs all the way from Old Harry Rocks in the west to...

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  • Best Western The Connaught Hotel...

    Bournemouth Hotels

    Great location being very close to the town centre and beach. Free parking!!! Good food, good booze...

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  • A Contemporary Restaurant /Pub

    Bournemouth Restaurants

    As we had not booked a table and it was busy we did wonder if it would be a problem.As soon as we walked in the door a member of staff welcomed us and found us a table.Although our table was not in the dining area but close to the bar it was not a problem as it was a much quieter area.All the staff were helpful and friendly and it is always nice...

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Weymouth

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  • Nothe Fort

    Weymouth Things to Do

    Originally built around 1860 as a defence against a seaborne invasion that never came, the fort was constructed on three levels, which are easily accessed by stairs or lift, the Fort is filled with displays, mammoth guns and cinema areas that chart the history of this large Victorian structure. There is also a café and restaurant facility and Gift...

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  • Hotel Rembrandt

    Weymouth Hotels

    The Sunday evening carvery at the Rembrandt was recommended to my sister and I as good quality and...

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  • Something for everyone

    Weymouth Nightlife

    Rendezvous is in a prime spot on Weymouth harbour making it easy to find. It satisfies a lot of different tastes for a night out with DJ's and a nightclub feel upstairs and live music in a local pub feel on the lower ground floor. They have live music 3 times a week and also the locals favourites of karaoke and also a pub quiz. There are always...

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Poole

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  • Poole Park

    Poole Things to Do

    Poole Park is a town park just a short distance from the town and harbour.The park has been there since Victorian times and is still popular today.It offers a variety of activities which include miniature golf,bowling green,small indoor ice rink and a miniature railway.Inside the park is where you will find Poole Town Cricket Club and other...

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  • Express By Holiday Inn POOLE

    Poole Hotels

    Poole is at present being tagged the St Tropez of the South Coast, the Palm springs of Dorset & the...

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  • Great position!

    Poole Restaurants

    This is an area i visit often,and normally drop in for a breakfast,coffee or lunch.This is a cafe with one of the best seaside positions in the country.Most of the year tables are available on the outside terrace,which means you have lovely sea views,and on a clear day can even see the Isle of Wight. Staff have always been friendly,with good...

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Swanage

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  • Tram tracks of a bygone age.

    Swanage Transportation

    The Swanage Pier Tramway was a 2 ft 6 inch narrow gauge tramway in the port of Swanage,it opened in 1858 and closed in 1930.Only about 110 yards of track still exist and this can still be seen along the waters edge footpath from the amusement arcade, along past the Old Stone Quay,and on towards Swanage pier. Much of the Purbeck stone which was...

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  • Firstwood

    Swanage Hotels

    This reasonably priced B&B has 8 rooms. Our room was on the top floor, was very clean and it felt a...

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  • Visit the Lifeboat Station

    Swanage Off The Beaten Path

    One of over 230 RNLI lifeboat stations around the coast of the UK and the Republic of Ireland.It provides on call,a 24hour lifeboat search and rescue service,which relies entirely on voluntary contributions and legacies as it doesn't receive any government help.A visit to the lifeboat station gives you a chance of speaking to a crew member as well...

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Lyme Regis

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  • Parking in Lyme Regis - Monmouth Beach...

    Lyme Regis Favorites

    Although there are several car parks in town the one nearest Lyme Regis harbour and close to the Cobb and Marine Parade is the best one - Monmouth Beach car park GPS DT7 3JJ After you leave the Sidmouth Road (A 3052) head for the harbour.With the harbour in front of you the Cobb Arms will be on your left and the Lifeboat Station on the right.Follow...

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  • Royal Lion

    Lyme Regis Hotels

    The Royal Lion is an old coaching inn, dating back to 1601, in the centre of Lyme. I've stayed there...

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  • Walking the Undercliff.

    Lyme Regis Off The Beaten Path

    A massive landslide in the 1800's created the Undercliff, now a hugely important site for both plants and animals. The landslide resulted in an area which has its own microclimate, and walking through it can sometimes feel almost jungle-like. There's only one path (it's dangerous to leave it, as there are holes and chasms hidden by the undergrowth)...

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West Lulworth

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  • up, up and to Durdle!

    West Lulworth Things to Do

    Whichever you slice or dice it, it is a steep, old climb to get up to the top...The views are spectacular.

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  • The Beach Hotel

    West Lulworth Hotels

    Wareham, West Lulworth, BH20 5RQ, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Couples

  • cream teas and tat!

    West Lulworth Things to Do

    On the walk down to the cove there are plenty of little shops selling cream teas, ince-creams and assorted things... it's a pretty little walk down... and you SHOULD have a cream tea which is a pot of tea and sonces with clotted cream and jam. This is THE taste of Dorset, Devon and Cornwall and no trip here could be complete without!I don;t like...

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Dorchester

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  • Max Gate - The home of Thomas Hardy

    Dorchester Things to Do

    As i had already visited the first home of Thomas Hardy (where he was born) last year i thought it was about time that i made a visit to Max Gate,the home that he designed himself.This grand old house which is some 400 years old is set in a large well kept garden.On arrival i found the staff very helpful and friendly,especially Daphne,who gave me...

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  • Summer Lodge

    Dorchester Hotels

    9 Fore Street, Evershot, Dorchester, DT2 0JR, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • A cafe/restaurant with history

    Dorchester Restaurants

    Nappers Mite is a piece of local history,originally built in 1615 by Sir Robert Napper as a set of Almshouses for 10 old men.It is now a cafe/restaurant and the oldest building in South Street,Dorchester.Inside it is full of old worlde charm with its stone walls,stone mullioned windows,original stone doorways and the nail studded oak door.Outside...

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Corfe Castle

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  • Good place to visit after seeing Corfe...

    Corfe Castle Restaurants

    You can find the Tea Rooms in the town square in Corfe Castle close to the castle entrance.This is a pleasant place to visit after looking around the village and the castle,here you can either sit outside in the garden with views onto the castle,or if the weather is unkind go inside .A good selection of food is available,all from locally sourced...

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  • Mortons House Hotel

    Corfe Castle Hotels

    49 East Street, Corfe Castle, BH20 5EE, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Tyneham Village

    Corfe Castle Off The Beaten Path

    This outing was the recommendation of the owner of our B&B, and a very good recommendation it proved to be! You can only visit Tyneham at the weekend, and in the school summer holidays; the rest of the time it is inaccessible because it is situated on Ministry of Defence land used as for military firing ranges. Until 1943 Tyneham was a typical...

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Kimmeridge

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  • Walk from Kimmeridge village to...

    Kimmeridge Things to Do

    The walk starts at the car park next to the Clavell Cafe,which is a lovely place for a coffee,lunch or cream tea.From the car park turn left and this will take you through this pretty village with its thatched cottages.As you carry on towards the sea the road takes you through green fields with sheep grazing on the hillside.After you pass the...

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  • Excellent local meat and fish.

    Kimmeridge Restaurants

    Have visited this cafe several times and always found this family run business to be first rate.A varied menu with much of the meat coming from the family run farm,and the fresh fish from Kimmeridge Bay.Service has always been good,although when they are really busy at the height of summer you may have a longer wait.This is a nice place for a break...

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  • The pebble beach in Kimmeridge

    Kimmeridge Things to Do

    The pebble beach in Kimmeridge is a very rocky beach, and you need to climb and clamber a lot in order to get to the spots where the fossils are supposed to be found. It is very important to take some proper shoes - I really don't think I could have done it in flip-flops.Although there is no sand at all here, I found it to be a very nice beach. The...

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Studland

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  • A cafe with sea views.

    Studland Restaurants

    A pleasant place for a visit Summer or Winter.The cafe is situated almost on the beach and is in a lovely location overlooking the sea.The cafe serves a full menu be it breakfast,lunch or tea,as well as a variety of drinks,alcoholic or non alcoholic.Seating is available inside or outside the cafe.During the Winter months the cafe has a nice wood...

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  • Sandbanks to Studland ferry.

    Studland Transportation

    Sandbanks ferry is a chain ferry which crosses the entrance of Poole harbour in Dorset.The route connects Sandbanks with Studland and in doing so avoids a 25 mile journey by road.The ferry runs from 7am until 11pm and the normal service departs every 20 mins from each terminal.Tolls : Cars £3.50p,Pedestrians £1 (one way charge only,from Sandbanks...

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  • STUDLAND - Coastal walk with great sea...

    Studland Off The Beaten Path

    A nice place to visit is the village of Studland in Dorset where you can take the walk out to Old Harry Rocks.When you get to Studland village (coming from Corfe Castle direction) take a right turn at the crossroads and follow the road until you come to the Bankes Arms hotel.Next to the hotel you will find a National Trust car park,parking £4 all...

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Bovington Camp

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  • Visit the cottage of Lawrence of Arabia.

    Bovington Camp Things to Do

    Clouds Hill is the name of the cottage were Lawrence of Arabia spent time here away from his Army life.The small brick and tile cottage has tiny rooms with little natural light,and are much as he left them.He relied on candle power in the cottage as there was know electric.His motor bike shed has now been turned into an exhibition about his...

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  • And here it is

    Bovington Camp Things to Do

    We walked around the odd looking cottage to find the door, the front of the building was even more peculiar looking as it had no windows apart from a small sky light in the roof. On entering the house I paid my entrance (Freya was free) & noted no photos where allowed so planned to buy postcards at the end. Headed up the stairs, which were in the...

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  • Off to Church........

    Bovington Camp Things to Do

    Continuing on to the grave, we found ourselves at St Nicholas at Moreton a couple of miles away. We had a walk around the small graveyard to no avail, deciding his grave must be in the church we went in to find a tour group having a talk by a guide. It turns out Freya & I had stumbled on what was considered the greatest work of art made in Dorset...

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Worth Matravers

  • Quaint Dorset tea room

    Worth Matravers Restaurants

    The charm of this little restaurant is in the decoration.It has a vintage feel about it,with its mismatched china and cutlery,together with a variety of dining room chairs which include church pews.Even the music which plays softly in the background takes you back to the 1940s.When the weather is fine eating outside in the delightful garden is a...

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  • The Square and Compass.

    Worth Matravers Things to Do

    This is a pub with views overlooking the village out towards the sea.Plenty of outside seating on stone benches.A very unusual pub in that it doesn't have a bar counter,so all food and drink is served through a couple of serving hatches.Excellent selection of drinks, with some good real ales,around 15 different ciders and 20 malt whiskies.The only...

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  • Square and Compass - A pub with a...

    Worth Matravers Things to Do

    The Newham family have owned and run this pub for generations.Within the pub you will find a small museum,with most of the exhibits coming from Purbeck,but some are from other localities such as Lyme Regis,north Somerset coast and Whitby.The collection of fossils have been found by members of the family that own the pub.Most are from Purbeck and...

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Christchurch

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  • Place Mill

    Christchurch Things to Do

    This carefully restored Anglo-Saxon watermill is situated at the quay in Christchurch.The mill was mentioned in the Doomsday book and was still grinding corn up until 1908 when structural defects caused it to close.After this it stood derelict until it was purchased by the council and restored in 1981. You can still see the machinery of the mill...

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  • Lord Bute Hotel

    Christchurch Hotels

    Lymington Road, Christchurch, BH23 4JS, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Priory Church - The Legend of the...

    Christchurch Things to Do

    During the construction of the Norman priory a beam was cut,ready for installation,however,once hoisted into position it was found to be too short for the purpose.As it was the end of the working day,the embarrassed workers went home,intending to work out a solution the next day. On returning to work the following morning,it was found the beam was...

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Charmouth

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  • Guidance on photography in churches:...

    Charmouth Warnings and Dangers

    Visiting churches is one of the absolute highlights of a trip to Europe, and provides a fascinating insight into the culture which has shaped European cultures of the past couple of millenia.Unlike some other religions - where access to places of worship may be restricted to members of that religious group or a specific gender - the vast majority...

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  • White House

    Charmouth Hotels

    The Street, Charmouth, Charmouth, DT6 6PJ, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Seek out animals (living and fossil) in...

    Charmouth Things to Do

    Ever since I was tiny, I have adored rockpools, and not much has changed over the intervening years! Fortunately my husband and my kids share this passion, and so we are more likely to be found heading for a rock-strewn coastline than an uninterrupted sweep of pristine sand!Charmouth's rockpools are wonderful, as the cliffs continually collapse to...

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Top Dorset Hotels

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Swanage Hotels
37 Reviews - 117 Photos
Corfe Castle Hotels
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Preston Hotels
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Lyme Regis Hotels
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Bovington Camp Hotels
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