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9 Places to Stay in Dorset

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Find your perfect place to stay in Dorset

Use our in-depth guide to find your perfect places to stay in Dorset! Armed with our insights, find the ideal Dorset accommodation, where the most beautiful coast and country landscapes are waiting! 

Looking for the best places to stay in Dorset? Here, you can find the best spots for fossil hunting, relaxing on the beach and soaking up the local history.

Families, beachcombers and those alike should make their way to Bournemouth, which boasts a 7-mile sandy beach and a thriving pier. Beachcombers seeking a steadier pace of life will adore Bridport, while Durdle Door is a must for everyone visiting Dorset. Here, you will find the first natural World Heritage Site!

Alternatively, choose an impressive converted barn near Swanage, a 5-star contemporary property in Weymouth or a thatched cottage near Poole!

Our guide to places to stay in Dorset also offers insights into the landmark at Lulworth, a horseshoe-shaped natural cove that is perfect for a range of outdoor spots. We also cover the charming coastal resort of Lyme Regis, the idyllic harbour town of West Bay and so much more!

See below our selection of 10 of the best places to stay in Dorset…

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  • Bournemouth Pier


    Visitors will be truly spoilt by Bournemouth’s 7-mile stretch of sandy beaches and vibrant pier, making it a truly fantastic coastal holiday destination.

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  • Bridport Beach, Dorset


    Bridport is a charming market town with plenty going on. Enjoy varied landscapes and a great balance between coast and countryside, with the Jurassic Coast and the National Trust’s Golden Cap both a short distance away.

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  • Jurassic Coast, Dorset

    Jurassic Coast

    The breath-taking Jurassic Coast is one of the world’s natural wonders, encompassing 95 miles of spectacular coastline between Devon and Dorset. A must-see for those who appreciate beautiful landscapes and want to know more about its fascinating history.

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  • Lulworth Cove


    Famous for its stunning horseshoe-shaped natural cove, Lulworth is a great destination for those passionate about all things coastal, including rock pooling, water sports, walking trails and climbs.

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  • Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Lyme Regis

    The charming coastal resort of Lyme Regis, nicknamed the ‘Pearl of Dorset’, is a picturesque resort on the Devon/Dorset border that’s full of history, heritage and beautiful scenery.

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  • Poole


    Known for its iconic and magnificent natural harbor, Poole is a seaside haven with sandy beaches, a range of water sports and scenic coastal walks to enjoy.

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  • Swanage


    The seaside town of Swanage boasts natural attractions, an award-winning beach and offers a chance to explore the eastern half of Dorset’s World Heritage coastline.

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  • West Bay, Dorset

    West Bay

    The idyllic harbor town of West Bay is also referred to as the Golden Gateway of the Jurassic Coast, with its quaint harbor and iconic sandstone cliffs offering a dramatic backdrop.

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  • Weymouth


    Awarded the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for the number one beach in the UK in 2017, Weymouth is the place to be for golden sands, delightful waters and stunning Jurassic coastline.

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