31 days in Dorset Itinerary

31 days in Dorset Itinerary

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Bridport
— 7 nights
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Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
— 10 nights
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Bournemouth
— 13 nights

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Bridport

— 7 nights
Bridport is a market town in Dorset, England, situated approximately 1.5mi inland from the English Channel near the confluence of the small River Brit and its tributary the Asker. Kids will enjoy West Bay Harbour and Charmouth Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bridport: Sherborne Abbey (in Sherborne), Broadcroft Quarry Nature Reserve (in Isle of Portland) and Henley Hillbillies (in Buckland Newton). There's lots more to do: stroll through Golden Cap Estate, don't miss a visit to The Cobb, look for gifts at Malabar Trading, and get outside with fossilwalks.com.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bridport trip itinerary maker app.

Bournemouth to Bridport is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Swanage.

Things to do in Bridport

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Swanage, Isle of Purbeck

— 10 nights
Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England. Kids will appreciate attractions like Fore/Adventure and The Tank Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Swanage: Lulworth Cove (in West Lulworth), Sculpture by the Lakes (in Dorchester) and Tyneham (in Wareham). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey World, take in the pleasant sights at South West Coast Path - Dancing Ledge and Langton Matravers, hike along Studland to Swanage Trail, and enjoy the sand and surf at Shell Bay.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Swanage trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Bridport to Swanage takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bournemouth.

Things to do in Swanage

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Bournemouth

— 13 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. Attractions like Bournemouth Beach and Weymouth Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Bournemouth: Wimborne Minster (Wildway Bushcraft, Kingston Lacy, &more), Weymouth (Weymouth Harbour, Jurassic Safari, &more) and Farmer Palmer's Farm Park (in Poole). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Hengistbury Head Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oceanarium, go for a charming ride with Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Bournemouth day trip planning tool.

Drive from Swanage to Bournemouth in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Bournemouth are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bournemouth

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Dorset travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Nightlife
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.