If you’re thinking of having a summer holiday in Dorset using one of our beautiful holiday cottages, this is the post for you. We have selected some of the top destinations in Dorset to help you make best use of your time in this county. If getting out and about is your idea of a good summer break, read on.
Dorset is a lively county on the south coast of England. It has lovely scenery, historic towns, friendly people and some of the best coastline anywhere in the world. No wonder it’s such a popular holiday destination!
Here are what we think are the top five days out in Dorset.
1. Sculpture by the Lakes
Sculpture by the Lakes near Dorchester is something no visit to Dorset should do without. This is a fascinating place to visit even if art isn’t your thing. The sculptures are thought-provoking and are set in some fantastic landscaped gardens and lakes. Booking is essential though as visitor numbers are purposely limited.
2. Sherborne Abbey
Sherborne Abbey is an 8th century abbey that is still in operation to this day. On its 3rd or 4th iteration, the abbey is Norman and dates to around the early 15th century. It is a lovely place to look at, wander round and marvel at the architecture, stained glass windows and grounds.
3. The Tank Museum
The Tank Museum at Bovington is definitely something for the boys! Much of the museum has been recently built or renovated and is now much bigger and better than before. There are static displays, interactive displays, activities for older children and a gift shop. It’s an excellent day out and within driving distance of most places in Dorset.
4. Weymouth Beach
Weymouth Beach has miles of soft golden sand and is within walking distance of the town. It gets busy during high season, but you have to see it. A visit to Weymouth and Weymouth Beach should be a must-do to any visit to Dorset. We have dozens of holiday cottages within easy reach, so there really is no excuse.
5. Monkey World
Monkey World is a sanctuary near Wareham that featured on the TV program Monkey Life. It’s an excellent day out if you’re in the area and well worth a visit. The enclosures are large and offer great opportunities to watch the various types of primate at play. The areas are logically laid out and offer enough space to take your time and take it all in.
Those are just five of the many attractions in and around Dorset. If you’re using one of our holiday cottages this summer, each of these are well worth your time!