Towns in Dorset
There are so many places to visit when you stay at one of our Holiday Park. We have made a list of our favourite Towns & Cities to help you choose where to go while you holiday with us in Dorset.
Dorchester has loads to offer whatever the weather including some wonderful museums, great shopping, a real choice of cafes and restaurants peaceful riverside walks just minutes from the town centre and so much history! Don’t miss the market every Wednesday
Christchurch is a town steeped in history and culture. The main centrepiece of the town is The Great Priory church which is situated on the edge of the river. The other main piece of history in the town is the castle; the castle was built after the Norman invasion and is situated on a large mound. The castle is a large part of the town and used to be at the centre of town life. As well as all the history the town has beautiful gardens and the Redhouse Museum.
Lyme Regis is set on Dorset’s magnificent Jurassic Coast; the picturesque town offers visitors wonderful views in a beautiful setting. People travel from all over to visit the town which is set in an area of outstanding beauty. Lyme Regis has a varied number of events and attractions including a thriving theatre and art and music festivals.
Bournemouth is one of Britain’s favourite seaside towns with 7 miles of sandy beaches, which offer great bathing conditions and Boscombe beach has a brand new artificial surf reef offering constant 6ft waves. Bournemouth also has a great number of attractions including the grand pier and pleasure gardens, which have been made famous for their exotic plants and pine tree’s. As well as all the tourist attraction the town has a thriving nightlife, with a number of restaurants, bars and clubs.
Bridport & West Bay
Bridport was once a thriving fishing port and the main producer of rope in the country. The Market town now however is a great place to use for a base to visit Dorset’s beautiful countryside and coast. The town itself has a wide array of individual shops, cafes, restaurants and tourist attractions such as Palmers Thatched Brewery, meaning visitors will not get bored.West Bay in Dorset offers unspoilt beaches and a picturesque harbour. West Bay is the Golden Gateway to the Dorset Jurassic Coast. For the boating enthusiast, the West Bay marina with slipway provides easy access to Lyme Bay.
Poole is he largest town in Dorset and is the industrial heart of the area due to its port being one of the largest in the world. The waterfront in Poole is a large attraction for locals and visitors with its busy quay, waterside attractions and numerous shops and restaurants. The beaches in Poole are another reason the town is so popular, the beaches have Blue Flag status, providing a clean and safe areas for bathing and water sports. Other attractions include an aquarium, museum and model railway.
Swanage is a town built on Purbeck Island; it is a small seaside town ideal for small families to explore Dorset. Swanage is popular for sailing and water sports and has some of the cleanest beaches in the UK. Other popular attractions in Swanage include Swanage Pier, Swanage Railway and Corfe Castle.
Weymouth has everything you would want from a seaside resort in Britain; beautiful beaches, safe bathing and stunning scenery; it even has donkey rides for the children or over excited adults. The lovely thing about Weymouth is that Tourism has not ruined the sites or charm of the town. As well as the beautiful beaches Weymouth has a lot to offer tourist including restaurants, water sports shops and attractions like Brewers Quay
This old settlement has had permanent residents over the last 6000 years, therefore the village is steeped in history, for example Abbotsbury castle. These days the settlement is mainly a tourist attraction with its Sub Tropical Gardens and Swannery. The village has a number of eateries and public housing serving refreshments and food.
From the air Portland must seem like an island by the naked eye, however is reached by a narrow causeway from Chesil Beach. The area is built on a huge block of limestone which has been used to make many grand buildings, for example St Paul Cathedral. Portland is also famous for its harbour which was used as a military station for years.