Welcome to Dorset Guide

Dorset Guide

Dorset Guide is a free non-commercial guide to the beautiful county of Dorset on the south coast of England. We are a completely independent group of enthusiastic locals who love Dorset and want to share this wonderful place with you and help you to make the most of your visit. As you can see below there are plenty of great things to see and do. Please enjoy 🙂

Explore the Dorset Coast

Rural Dorset

Dorset Attractions

Dorset Beaches

Historic Houses and Gardens in Dorset

Activities

Coastal Towns and Villages: Bournemouth  | Bridport  | Christchurch  |  Lyme Regis  |  Mudeford  Quay  | Old Harry Rocks | Poole Quay  |  Poole Town | Poole Harbour  | Sandbanks  |  Swanage  | Wareham  |  Westbourne  |  Weymouth | Worth Matravers

Rural Towns and Villages: Blandford | Cerne Abbas | Corfe Castle Village | Dorchester | Milton Abbas | Shaftesbury | Sherborne | Sturminster Newton | Wimborne Minster

Dorset Beaches listed from east to west: Highcliffe Beach | Highcliffe Castle Beach | Friars Cliff Beach | Avon Beach | Mudeford Sandbank | Hengistbury Head | Southbourne Beach | Fishermans Walk | Boscombe Beach | Bournemouth Beach | Durley Chine | Middle Chine | Alum Chine | Branksome Dene | Branksome Chine | Canford Cliffs | Flaghead Chine | Sandbanks Shore Road | Sandbanks Beach | Shell Bay Beach | Studland Beaches | Swanage Beach | Kimmeridge Bay | Lulworth Cove | Man O War Bay | Durdle Door | Ringstead Bay Beach | Osmington Mills | Weymouth Beach | Chesil Beach | Hive Beach | West Bay Bridport | Charmouth Beach | Seatown Beach | Lyme Regis Beaches

Historic Houses and Gardens: Athelhampton House  |  Chettle House  |  Cranborne Manor  |  Deans Court  |  Edmondsham House  |  Forde Abbey  |  Kingston Lacy  |  Kingston Maurward  |  Mapperton House  |  Upton Country Park

Dorset Castles: Corfe Castle | Highcliffe Castle | Lulworth Castle | Sherborne Castle | Sherborne Old Castle

Dorset attractions: Brownsea Island | Swanage Railway | Monkey World | Tank Museum | Abbotsbury Swannery | Bournemouth Oceanarium | Splashdown | Snowtrax | Farmer Palmer’s | Bournemouth Air Festival | Great Dorset Steam Fair |

Activities: Cycle Hire | Boat Trips | Boat Hire | Kayaking | Dinghy Sailing | Windsurfing | Paddleboarding | Sea Fishing Trips | Crabbing

Food and Drink: Best Pubs in Dorset | Good Restaurant Guide | Cafés & Coffee Shops | Dorset Beers

MyIndependent : A handpicked selection of small local businesses that offer individuality and bring character to a town or village making for a refreshing change from the typical High Street chains.

Dorset Walks: Introduction | Bournemouth to Sandbanks | Sandbanks to Studland | Studland to Old Harry Rocks | Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door | Worth Matravers to Seacombe & Winspit | Dancing Ledge | Durdle Door & Scratchy Bottom | Lulworth Cove to Mupe Bay | Worth Matravers to St Aldhelm’s Head & Chapman’s Pool | Hengistbury Head & Mudeford Sandbank