Dorset Vacations

Admire the beaches, coastal plains and forests surrounding Dorset in much visited and stunning England.

London, the United Kingdom's capital, is roughly 110 miles (177 kilometers) northeast of Dorset, while Southampton is 40 miles (64 kilometers) to the east.

While it may be a temptation to simply sit back and relax when vacationing in Dorset, don't forget, the surrounding region's treasure-trove of natural sights, cities and towns are never more than a day trip away. If you can, visit Dorchester, which is roughly 5 miles (8 kilometers) from Dorset. In Dorchester, you can pay a visit to the Maumbury Rings and Tutankhamun: The Exhibition. If you have the energy for even more, travel to Wareham and see the Corfe Castle and Lulworth Cove Beach. Wareham is around 11 miles (18 kilometers) from Dorset.

Organize some transport and spend some time in Weymouth, a major city for the region, situated 10 miles (16 kilometers) away from Dorset. The city has a wide range of attractions, including Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens, Hardy Monument and St. Catherine's Chapel. Sea Life Park, Deep Sea Adventure and Sandsfoot Castle are also good spots for investigating before returning to Dorset.

Visitors in England often head to the area's open-air museums, gardens and farms. Stop off at England's historically significant castles, it's a great way to gain an understanding of the area's rich past.

For those who feel it's important to pick up knowledge as well as souvenirs while on vacation, this region has plenty of specialized tours, such as wildlife spotting tours, city walking tours and guided nature walks. Have an adventure you'll always remember while you are here. Connect with the daredevil within and try paragliding!

Your time in England will provide you with extraordinary photos and glorious memories that will last forever.

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