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From Heritage Sites, outdoor adventures and action-packed pursuits, find plenty of things to do in Dorset for all ages.

Things to do in Dorset – Attractions

When it comes to things to do in Dorset with stunning views, climb the tower at Lulworth Castle and Park. Take a picnic and recline on the Castle lawns, explore the extensive woodlands or discover the 18th-century century Roman Catholic chapel and the 15th century Church of St Andrew. Comprising of inflatable obstacle courses floating on two lakes near Corfe Castle, it is a fun activity that can be enjoyed by all ages.

Dorset Things to do – Activities

When it comes to activities, there are plenty things to do in Dorset! Take a ride on the award-winning Swanage Railway and view the beautiful sights of Dorset from a comfortable seat. The 6-mile journey will pass the impressive ruins of Corfe Castle, to arrive at Swanage’s Blue Flag beach.

Be sure to explore the plethora of beaches around Dorset including Kimmeridge BaySandbanks Beach, and Weymouth Beach, or visit the Dorset Water Park.

Are you a golfing aficionado? Make your way to one of the county’s many fantastic golf clubs, such as The Ashley Wood Golf Club! One of the best things to do in Dorset, the golf club enjoys beautiful surroundings, including an ancient woodland and Salisbury Plain.

Still Wondering What to do in Dorset?

If you don’t know where to start your Dorset adventure, we are here to help! Discover a plethora of seaside havens along the Jurassic Coast and explore the iconic Durdle Door or Lulworth Cove. Alternatively, spend a day along a vibrant promenade along golden sands including Bournemouth, Lyme Regis and Weymouth. Other must-see destinations include Bridport, West Bay, Swanage and Poole.

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    Abbotsbury Swannery

    Abbotsbury Swannery
    New Barn Road
    nr Weymouth
    DT3 4JG

    01305 871130

    The world’s only managed colony of swans is a remarkable and unique experience, containing a giant maze, children’s play area and space for visitors to help with the mass feeding.

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  • adventure wonderland, dorset

    Adventure Wonderland

    Merritown Ln
    BH23 6BA


    A multi-award winning family theme park featuring a selection of rides and attractions. The park, opposite Bournemouth Airport, takes its inspiration from Lewis Carol’s timeless classic; Alice in Wonderland and promises a fantastic day out.

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  • Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club

    The Bridport and West Dorset golf club lies amongst natural beauty and the World Heritage coastline, where the round is played out above the cliff tops. With a varying weather and a challenging course, it is a test for all levels of golfer.

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  • Brownsea Island

    Brownsea Island

    Brownsea Island
    Poole Harboud
    BH13 7EE


    The largest of the islands in Poole Harbour, with pretty woodlands and cliff-top walks, this National Trust-owned area is the perfect destination for nature lovers.

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  • Bullpits Golf Course

    Bullpits Golf Club

    Nestled in Bourton, North Dorset, home to an 18-hole short yet challenging course, with pint-sized greens and tight fairways, is Bullpits Golf Club surrounded by picturesque, wooded scenery.

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  • Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

    Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre
    Lower Sea Lane
    DT6 6LL

    01297 560772

    Visit the centre to explore the fossil collections and find out how to discover your own fossils on the beach. Throughout the year, the centre hosts guided fossil hunting walks as well as countryside and marine discovery activities along the coastline.

  • Christchurch Harbour

    A natural harbour located in the county of Dorset, resting on the south coast of England, named after the notable town of Christchurch.

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  • Dorset Water Park

    Dorset Water Park involves two huge inflatable obstacle courses set over two lakes in an idyllic woodland location near Corfe Castle.

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  • Durdle Door, Dorset

    Durdle Door

    One of Dorset’s most iconic landmarks, Durdle Door is the first natural World Heritage Site and a must-visit for those wanting to see the spectacular beauty the Jurassic Coast offers.

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  • Golden Cap

    Golden Cap

    Golden Cap Estate

    01297 489481

    This natural World Heritage Site is a stunning flat hilltop made up of orange sandstone, overlooking the iconic Jurassic Coast.

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