31 days in Dorset Itinerary

31 days in Dorset Itinerary

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31 days in Dorset Itinerary

Start: Bournemouth
Drive:  1​h 15​min
1
Bridport
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
— 10 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Bournemouth
— 13 nights
End: Bournemouth

7
nights
Bridport

Bridport ©
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. Attractions like fossilwalks.com and Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Broadcroft Quarry Nature Reserve (in Isle of Portland), Henley Hillbillies (in Buckland Newton) and Sherborne Abbey (in Sherborne). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Golden Cap Estate, cast your line with a fishing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Hive Beach, and explore the activities along West Bay Harbour.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Bridport holiday tool .

Bournemouth to Bridport is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Swanage.

Things to do in Bridport

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Lyme Regis, Henley Hillbillies, Sherborne Abbey, Xtreme Falconry at Dorset Falconry Park, Broadcroft Quarry Nature Reserve
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Golden Cap Estate ©
Golden Cap Estate
West Bay Harbour ©
West Bay Harbour
Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre ©
Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

10
nights
Swanage, Isle of Purbeck

Swanage ©
Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England. Bring the kids along to Dorset Adventure Park and Monkey World. Change things up with these side-trips from Swanage: Tyneham Village and Flower's Barrow Walk (in Tyneham), Tyneham (in Wareham) and Lulworth Cove (in West Lulworth). There's still lots to do: trek along Studland to Swanage Trail, learn about all things military at The Tank Museum, identify plant and animal life at StudlandBeachandNatureReserve, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Shell Bay.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Swanage journey maker .

Traveling by car from Bridport to Swanage takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. September in Swanage sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Bournemouth.

Things to do in Swanage

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Corfe Castle, Wareham, West Lulworth, Dorchester, Shell Beach
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Fore/Adventure ©
Fore/Adventure
Monkey World ©
Monkey World
Dorset Adventure Park ©
Dorset Adventure Park

13
nights
Bournemouth

Bournemouth ©
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. Bring the kids along to Bournemouth Beach and Hengistbury Head Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Poole Harbour (in Poole), Wimborne Minster (Wildway Bushcraft & Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and Weymouth (Weymouth Harbour, Weymouth Beach, & more). There's much more to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, kick back and relax at Alum Chine Beach, stroll through Sandbanks Beach, and stroll around Lower Gardens.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bournemouth travel planner.

You can take a bus from Swanage to Bournemouth in an hour. Another option is to drive. In September in Bournemouth, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bournemouth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Weymouth, Poole, Wimborne Minster, Christchurch, Longham Lakes
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Bournemouth Beach ©
Bournemouth Beach
Weymouth Beach ©
Weymouth Beach
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