Destination guide

Why people love visiting historical Dorset

The area's history and museums are just some of the reasons to come on holiday to Dorset. This city's beaches, shopping and restaurants attract many visitors, as does its welcoming and romantic location. Take in top local attractions such as Monkey World Ape Rescue Center and Corfe Castle. Are you looking for specific amenities for your getaway? Many of our holiday 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 holiday home and experience everything that makes Dorset a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. Here are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • 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 21°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 centre:

  • 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)

Travelling to and around Dorset

The nearest airport is in Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.), located 21.5 mi (34.6 km) from the city centre. 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 near Dorset?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,769 holiday rentals near Dorset. From 818 Cabins to 818 Cottages, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Dorset for a long holiday or a weekend break 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:

  • Bournemouth: 1,093 holiday rentals
  • Shaftesbury: 192 holiday rentals
  • Bridport: 498 holiday rentals
  • Weymouth: 868 holiday rentals
  • Wimborne: 939 holiday rentals

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Dorset! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals 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 rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Bournemouth: 1,093 holiday homes
  • Shaftesbury: 192 holiday homes
  • Bridport: 498 holiday homes
  • Weymouth: 868 holiday homes
  • Wimborne: 939 holiday homes

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 holiday homes near to airports. Airports with a large selection of rentals in Dorset are:

  • Bournemouth Airport (BOH): 1,605 holiday houses
  • Poole (POQ-Poole Bus Station): 1,403 holiday houses
  • Taunton (TTY-Taunton Bus Station): 968 holiday houses

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Dorset?

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

  • Wimborne Minster: 1,482 holiday rentals
  • Poole Branksome Station: 1,606 holiday rentals
  • Bournemouth Beach: 1,601 holiday rentals
  • Studland Beach and Nature Reserve: 1,344 holiday rentals
  • Swanage Beach: 1,245 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 homes.