8 days in Dorset Itinerary

8 days in Dorset Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Dorset route planner

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Bournemouth
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lyme Regis
— 1 night
Drive
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Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
— 3 nights
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Bournemouth

— 3 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. Family-friendly places like Bournemouth Beach and Bournemouth Pier will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Bournemouth side-trips: Weymouth (Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park, Weymouth Harbour, &more) and Insight Activities Dorset (in Tolpuddle). And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at Oceanarium, settle in for a delightful tour with Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sandbanks Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bournemouth driving holiday planner.

Manchester to Bournemouth is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Bournemouth are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Lyme Regis.

Things to do in Bournemouth

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Lyme Regis

— 1 night
Lyme Regis is a coastal town in West Dorset, England, situated 25mi west of Dorchester and 25mi east of Exeter. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): stop by Clocktower Music, stroll through Golden Cap Estate, then view the masterpieces at Artwave West Gallery, and finally head outdoors with fossilwalks.com.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyme Regis trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Bournemouth to Lyme Regis takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Lyme Regis are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Swanage.

Things to do in Lyme Regis

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Swanage, Isle of Purbeck

— 3 nights
Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England. Family-friendly places like Fore/Adventure and Lulworth Cove will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Tank Museum, make a splash at Dorset Adventure Park, take an in-depth tour of Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum, and stroll through Monkey World.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Swanage journey maker tool.

You can drive from Lyme Regis to Swanage in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Swanage can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Swanage

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.