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Explore Dorset

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Our Inspire and Explore articles have been created in association with a host of Dorset experts to offer the ultimate guide to holidays in the regions. Find things to do for the family, the best places to go, things to do, a host of fine dining recommendations and a few surprises.

Exploring Dorset - Day 1

We choose the delights of West Dorset for our minibreak, in an area stretching from Lyme Regis to Weymouth and Portland.

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Exploring Dorset - Day 2

On our second day in West Dorset, we set out to visit some of the region’s many fun-filled family attractions.

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Active Escapes

With no cities or motorways, and over half the county designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the stunning beaches and countryside of Dorset make an awe-inspiring site for outdoor enthusiasts. The open terrain plays host to a great number of accessible activities, suitable for all tastes and capabilities.

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Animal Attractions

Dorset’s picturesque plains aren’t just a wonderful draw for tourists throughout the year, they also make an idyllic permanent home for an array of animals. For holidaymakers that fancy a walk on the wild side, the working farms, bird reserves and conservation parks provide hours of entertainment.

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Best Beaches

As England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dorset’s Jurassic Coast ranks among the globe’s top natural wonders, with the likes of the Galapagos Islands and Victoria Falls for company. Spanning 95 miles, there is plenty for holidaymakers to explore, and a surprising diversity amongst its many beautiful beaches.

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Cultural Coast

From breath-taking storm beaches to idyllic fields and traditional villages, Dorset’s dramatic scenery covers a spectrum of characters and moods. As the birthplace or holiday location of some of the UK’s most highly regarded authors, it is no wonder that the region has been cited as the inspiration behind an array of literary settings.

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Best Foodie Pubs

Dorset is bursting with quality local ingredients, whether grown in the earth or straight from the sea. And all that fresh coastal air is perfect for working up a thirst and an appetite.

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Historic Sights

As can be expected of any area that boasts a Jurassic Coast, a trip to Dorset is ideal for those wishing to step back in time. Aside from its celebrated fossils, there is a fantastic diversity of intriguing human history waiting to be discovered.

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On The Trail

Boasting more than 4,700 well-signed and waymarked footpaths, bridleways and byways, there’s every reason to discover Dorset on foot.

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Taste of the Sea

With its prime location along Britain’s south coast, Dorset is the ultimate destination for sampling sensational local seafood, with delectable dishes and takeout dinner options galore. There really is no better way to immerse yourself in a summer holiday sensation than by treating the taste buds.

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