Destination guide

Why people love visiting historic Dorset

The area's history and museums are just a few of the reasons to vacation in Dorset. This city's beaches, shopping and restaurants attract many visitors, and its welcoming and romantic location add to the charm. Take in top local attractions like Monkey World Ape Rescue Center and Corfe Castle. Are you looking for specific amenities for your getaway? Many of our vacation rentals feature full kitchens and laundry facilities.


Sightseeing in and around Dorset

Are you looking for attractions to visit while you're in the area? Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Dorset a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. Here are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Monkey World Ape Rescue Center (8.7 mi / 14 km)
  • Ashley Wood Golf Club (9.6 mi / 15.4 km)
  • Fantasy Island Fun Park (12.3 mi / 19.9 km)
  • Pirate Adventure Mini Golf (13.4 mi / 21.5 km)
  • Sea Life Park (13.5 mi / 21.7 km)
  • Sandworld (13.5 mi / 21.7 km)

Seasonal weather averages in Dorset

If warm-weather activities are high on your list, July, August, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 70°F.

Natural highlights

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Dorset

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to appreciate the scenery, Dorset is a great place to get outside. Here are a few of the area's most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Brownsea Island (17.1 mi / 27.6 km)
  • Bournemouth Beach (20.6 mi / 33.1 km)
  • Sculpture by the Lakes (5.9 mi / 9.5 km)
  • Borough Gardens (8.2 mi / 13.3 km)
  • Durdle Door (12.8 mi / 20.7 km)
  • Lulworth Cove Beach (13.3 mi / 21.4 km)

Traveling to and around Dorset

The nearest airport is in Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.), located 21.5 mi (34.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Southampton (SOU), which is 43.1 mi (69.4 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Dorchester Moreton Station, Dorchester South Station and Dorchester West Station are the main stations in the area.

Where to stay around Dorset?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,667 holiday lettings near Dorset. From 1,514 Cottages to 1,514 Cabins, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Dorset is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Dorset?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Dorset. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Wimborne: 1,100 holiday homes
  • Christchurch: 1,217 holiday homes
  • Horton: 536 holiday homes
  • Wareham: 895 holiday homes
  • Blandford Forum: 240 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Dorset! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Dorset?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Dorset with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Wimborne: 1,100 holiday lettings
  • Christchurch: 1,217 holiday lettings
  • Horton: 536 holiday lettings
  • Wareham: 895 holiday lettings
  • Blandford Forum: 240 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Dorset?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Dorset are:

  • Bournemouth Airport (BOH): 1,876 self catering accommodations
  • Taunton (TTY-Taunton Bus Station): 1,078 self catering accommodations
  • Ringwood (RNW-Ringwood Bus Station): 1,854 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Dorset?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Dorset. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Studland Beach and Nature Reserve: 1,600 holiday rentals
  • Nothe Fort: 1,361 holiday rentals
  • Governor's Community Garden: 1,089 holiday rentals
  • Badger Watch Dorset: 1,692 holiday rentals
  • Athelhampton House and Gardens: 1,969 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Dorset listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.