11 days in Dorset Itinerary

11 days in Dorset Itinerary

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Lyme Regis
— 1 night
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Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
— 4 nights
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Bournemouth
— 5 nights
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Lyme Regis

— 1 night
Lyme Regis is a coastal town in West Dorset, England, situated 25mi west of Dorchester and 25mi east of Exeter. On the 11th (Wed), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then get outside with fossilwalks.com. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Cap Estate, contemplate the waterfront views at West Bay Harbour, and then stop by Clocktower Music.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lyme Regis trip itinerary planning website.

London to Lyme Regis is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Swanage.

Things to do in Lyme Regis

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

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Swanage, Isle of Purbeck

— 4 nights
Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England. Take a break from Swanage with a short trip to Lulworth Cove in West Lulworth, about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Fore/Adventure, learn about all things military at The Tank Museum, examine the collection at Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum, and don't miss a visit to Middle Beach Studland Bay.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Swanage driving holiday planner.

Drive from Lyme Regis to Swanage in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Swanage, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bournemouth.

Things to do in Swanage

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bournemouth

— 5 nights
Bournemouth is a large coastal resort town on the south coast of England directly to the east of the Jurassic Coast, a 155km World Heritage Site. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bournemouth: Precious Memories (in Lytchett Matravers), Weymouth (Weymouth Harbour, Weymouth Beach, &more) and Insight Activities Dorset (in Tolpuddle). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Bournemouth Beach, admire all the interesting features of Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Poole Harbour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Brownsea Island.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bournemouth journey planner.

You can drive from Swanage to Bournemouth in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Bournemouth sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Bournemouth

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Dorset travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Aquariums
Celebrated novelist Thomas Hardy lived most of his life in Dorset and used it as a setting in many of his finest works. Today, tourists from around the globe use this region as a setting for their great English adventure. Places to visit in this county feature a variety of landscapes, including steep chalk hills, wide clay valleys, and a series of small but thriving dairy farms. Arguably the most important attraction of this rural region is the enormous Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site stretching for over 155 km (96 mi). A tour along this coastline, with its fossil-rich beaches and secluded bays, is a trip through time. The landforms of the region document the geologic developments that shaped the surface of our planet over hundreds of millions of years.