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Things to do in Dorset

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Discover the best attractions and activities that Dorset has to offer

Being one of the top tourist destinations in the UK, Dorset has an array of attractions to visit and things to do throughout the year.

Whether you are looking for Heritage Sites, outdoor adventures or action-packed pursuits, there are plenty of activities in Dorset that all ages will enjoy. 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.

For stunning views of Dorset from a great height, 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 Roman Catholic chapel and the 15th century Church of St Andrew. Make a sure to visit the Dorset Water Park, one of the top water attractions in Dorset. Comprising of inflatable obstacle courses floating on two lakes near Corfe Castle, it is a fun activity that can be enjoyed by all ages.

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  • Stair Hole

    A small cove made up of naturally beautiful caves, rock arch formations and limestone strata’s lying just West of Lulworth Cove.

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  • Swanage Railway

    Opened in 1885, the Swanage Railway is now a heritage line that offers visitors a chance to take a nostalgic 12-mile trip around the region of Dorset, including sights such as Corfe Castle.

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  • Lyme Regis, Dorset

    The Cobb

    Standing strong since 1824, this old stoned harbour is one of Lyme Regis’s most popular attractions to witness the spectacular Dorset coast, whilst admiring the modest collection of sailing and fishing boats.

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  • Thorncombe Beacon

    A pleasant hill resting between Bridport and Charmouth in Dorset. Make your way up to the top of Thorncombe Beacon, give yourself a rest to get your breath back and take in the excellent views of Lyme Bay.

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  • West Bay Harbour

    West Bay Harbour

    Escape the coast and discover an array of other activities in West Bay Harbour; take a boat out for a leisurely ride along the River Brit or simply admire the collection of boats moored along the charming harbour.

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  • Weymouth Beach

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    With a colourful array of tall buildings lining the seafront, this large soft sandy beach is popular with visitors for its classic seaside activities such as Punch and Judy, volleyball, water sports and regular live music events in the summer months.

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