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Best known for its UNESCO-recognized shoreline, this county offers a beguiling blend of beautiful coastal areas and lush countryside landscapes. 

One of England's smallest counties, Dorset has some of England’s loveliest sandy beaches and picturesque rural villages. Admire 200 million-year-old cliffs and shorelines or enjoy the lively nightlife of the region’s resorts. The waters off the coast offer excellent opportunities for sailing, kayaking, swimming and other watersports.

Dorset’s Jurassic Coast comprises 95 miles (150 kilometers) of coastline, extending from Exmouth in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks in Studland Bay. Awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status for its exceptional geology, this ancient shoreline is dotted with rugged cliffs, pretty beaches and craggy bays, where hundreds of fossils have been discovered over the years. Hike along this stunning coastline or participate in an organized fossil hunting walk.

Scenic Lyme Regis is a fine base for exploring the Jurassic Coast. A setting for Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion, Lyme Regis is a characteristic English seaside town. Visit the town’s family-friendly Dinosaurland Fossil Museum to see some of the fossils that have been collected along the coast. 

The seaside resort of Bournemouth is the county’s biggest tourist draw, with 7 miles (11 kilometers) of pristine beaches and lovely coastal views. Join other revelers in experiencing the town’s lively nightlife scene or walk along its waterfront promenade and admire the steep-sided ravines.

Not far away, find the heaths of New Forest. Comprising 150 square miles (390 square kilometers) of countryside and woodland, the area is home to deer, cattle, rare birds and New Forest ponies. Enjoy walking, biking or horseback riding along the region’s extensive trail network.

Don’t miss the historic market town of Winchester, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Wessex as well as England’s first capital. This beautiful town features a stunning 11th-century cathedral, in addition to fine Elizabethan and Regency buildings. Wander down the city’s narrow streets, explore pretty public gardens and walk along lovely waterside trails. 

Reach Dorset from Exeter, Bournemouth or Southampton airports or use rail or National Express coach services, which connect Dorset to other U.K. locations. 

Q: Should I book a car while on vacation in Dorset?

A: If you plan to get out and take in the region of Dorset, a rental car is a smart choice. Wind down the windows and find all of the attractions and landscapes that this place has to offer. Just sticking to the cities of Weymouth or Christchurch? Your own set of wheels is the perfect way to step off the well-worn tourist track. For Cheap Car Hire in Dorset, we can help.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a vacation to Dorset?

A: Most travelers visiting Dorset hop off the plane at Bournemouth Airport (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.). This transportation hub operates around 165 international flights per month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a vacation to Dorset?

A: From stylish options to those that are more simple, there's a wealth of choice. Many visitors choose to relax and unwind in bed & breakfasts. Other commonly booked places to stay are inns, cottages and hotels.

Q: What does a vacation booking with Expedia include?

A: Convenient flights, welcoming hotels and a great rental car to cruise around in — and that's just the start. We also have a variety of activities and experiences. Peruse what's on offer and start arranging your dream escape.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my vacation to Dorset?

A: Choosing a package takes the stress out of traveling, and it can save you some big bucks too. Hotels, Experiences, Rental Cars — Expedia is here to help. Bundle them up and start dreaming of what you can do with that extra spending money.

Q: What are the best things to do in Dorset?

A: Weymouth has so much to offer. Osmington Roman Walk is usually at the top of visitors’ must-see lists. Other attractions to put on that itinerary are Abbotsbury Swannery and Jubilee Clock Tower of Weymouth.




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Best Lodging Options Near Dorset

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Horton Inn
Reviewed on Mar 14, 2017
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Horton Inn

Horton Inn

Cranborne Road, Horton, Wimborne, England
     
    3.4 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Stayed one night. Liked the location in the countryside. Breakfast was ok.

    The Museum Inn ¥11,359
    Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020
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    The Museum Inn

    The Museum Inn

    Farnham, Blandford Forum, England
       
      4.8 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      A traditional inn with great modern facilities with superb food and service. Our stay was extremely comfortable and at a good price.

      Hotel Mon Ami
      Reviewed on Aug 29, 2018
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      Hotel Mon Ami

      Hotel Mon Ami

      143/145 The Esplanade, Weymouth, England
         
        3.1 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        The stay was enjoyable the only downside was that you have to go in to the Richmond Hotel to have your breakfast it's ok as long as it's not raining. The rooms are clean but very old fashioned but that's just due to the edge of the hotel. Overall I would stay there again.

        The Anvil Inn
        Reviewed on Oct 8, 2019
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        The Anvil Inn

        The Anvil Inn

        Salisbury Road, Pimperne, Blandford Forum, England
           
          4.6 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          A warm and friendly welcome from the young man behind the bar, we were in room 6 which overlooked the car park and garden but still very quiet. One small complaint would be that the mattress was very soft and offered little support making for an uncomfortable nights sleep. The bar/restaurant had ...

          Best Western Weymouth Hotel Rembrandt
          Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020
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          Best Western Weymouth Hotel Rembrandt

          Best Western Weymouth Hotel Rembrandt

          Dorchester Road, Weymouth, England
             
            4.0 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Great staff, nice pool, good food. Room was good but bathroom a bit outdated.

            The Christchurch Harbour Hotel And Spa ¥21,010
            Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020
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            The Christchurch Harbour Hotel And Spa

            The Christchurch Harbour Hotel And Spa

            95 Mudeford, Christchurch, England
               
              4.5 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Hotel was very nice stayed here before so new what to expect. The only negative thing I would mention is that the breakfast was very slow

              The Cumberland
              Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020
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              The Cumberland

              The Cumberland

              95 The Esplanade, Weymouth, England
                 
                4.7 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                A lovely place to stay in Weymouth. Warm and welcoming with a fabulous cooked breakfast with lots of choice. Definitely stay here again.

                The West Bay Hotel ¥12,496
                Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020
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                The West Bay Hotel

                The West Bay Hotel

                3 Station RoadWest Bay, Bridport, England
                   
                  4.2 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  The room was nice and large and well heated. The windows must be original as they let a lot of the (howling) wind through. We had a private bathroom which really means a shower room at the end of the hall. A little TLC is needed but the hotel has good parking and is well situated.

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