Places of Interest in Dorset

You may wish to just sit back and enjoy the beautiful countryside surrounding your holiday cottage, but if you want to get out there and explore the Jurassic coast, a holiday in Dorset has an abundance of attractions, perfect for families and couples alike.

A ten minute walk down the lane will take you to Chideock village where there is a lovely old thatched pub The George, a couple of other pubs, a local spar/post office, tea rooms and garden, a quaint traditional Dorset Village with thatched cottages and peaceful lovely walks.

A ten minute drive will take you into Bridport with its vibrant Saturday and Wednesday Market… colourful and bustling with all sorts of local arts, crafts, foods, plants, jewellery, antiques, a huge variety of stalls, a large supermarket, leisure centre and of course all of the restaurants you could possibly need!

Twenty minutes in the opposite direction will take you to beautiful Lyme Regis where you can go on fossil tours, there is a beautiful safe sandy beach and a typically quaint English seaside resort.


There are plenty of attractions in Dorset to visit

Abbotsbury Swannery

Abbotsbury Swannery is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. A visit to this beautiful place is considered to be one of the best things to do in Dorset.

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

The Garden is a mixture of formal and informal flowers, world famous for it’s Camellia groves and magnolias. Noted in Dorset for its Rhododendron and Hydrangea collections and the charming Victorian Garden. Don’t miss stunning views of the Dorset Jurassic Coast from the viewpoint at the top of the Magnolia Walk.

Abbotsbury Children’s Farm

Abbotsbury Children’s Farm is a great place for a young family looking for things to do in Dorset! There are lots of animals for the children to meet and feed. Considered one of the best children’s farms in Dorset, there are fun things to do every day.

Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium

Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium is a traditional family run attraction which prides itself on offering visitors a fun and interactive insight into the sea creatures which inhabit our local waters. Situated at the end of the Cobb, Lyme’s iconic harbour wall.

Forde Abbey and Gardens

The House Home to the stunning Mortlake tapestries, woven from the internationally famous Raphael cartoons, now housed in the V&A, the Abbey has a rich and varied history spanning 900 years. Walk in the actual footsteps of the monks, and explore the exquisite interior featured in the latest Hollywood adaptation of ‘Far From the Madding Crowd.’
The Gardens The highest powered fountain in the country is a highlight for many in 30 acres of award-winning gardens which include topiary-lined vistas, colourful herbaceous borders, a giant-sized labyrinth in the arboretum and swathes of early spring bulbs and camellias to provide all year round interest.

Lyme RIB Rides Ltd

LYME RIB RIDES is a family run business that provides both fast and leisurely boat trips for the whole family, run by our qualified and experienced skippers, so you are in safe hands… Our rib (rigid inflatable boat) Sea Spirit, has two new 250hp Honda engines and has leather bench seats that can seat up to 12 passengers, ensuring a comfortable ride. We offer a range of popular trips and we are passionate about ensuring a safe and excellent customer experience.

Town Mill, Lyme Regis

The Town Mill is a unique mix of working watermill, art galleries and creative artisanal businesses. Centred around a beautiful mediaeval cobbled courtyard and featuring a landscaped ‘Miller’s Garden’, the Town Mill is one of Lyme Regis’ leading attractions.

Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

Set up to encourage safe and sustainable collecting of Jurassic fossils from local beaches, the centre offers hands-on displays, interactive computers and information about fossils and fossil hunting. Throughout the year the centre runs guided fossil hunting walks as well as countryside and marine discovery activities along the coastline.