8 days in Dorset Itinerary

8 days in Dorset Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Dorset travel planner

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Lyme Regis
— 1 day
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Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
— 3 nights
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Bournemouth
— 4 nights
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Lyme Regis

— 1 day
Lyme Regis is a coastal town in West Dorset, England, situated 25mi west of Dorchester and 25mi east of Exeter. On the 13th (Fri), look for gifts at Clocktower Music, stroll through Golden Cap Estate, and then head outdoors with fossilwalks.com.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lyme Regis trip itinerary planning site.

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, daytime highs in Lyme Regis are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Swanage.

Things to do in Lyme Regis

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Swanage, Isle of Purbeck

— 3 nights
Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England. Bring the kids along to Fore/Adventure and Dorset Adventure Park. Go for a jaunt from Swanage to West Lulworth to see Lulworth Cove about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Tank Museum, stroll through Monkey World, explore the historical opulence of Corfe Castle, and take an in-depth tour of Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Swanage visit planning app.

Traveling by car from Lyme Regis to Swanage takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bournemouth.

Things to do in Swanage

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bournemouth

— 4 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. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bournemouth Beach and Oceanarium. Change things up with these side-trips from Bournemouth: Insight Activities Dorset (in Tolpuddle) and Weymouth (Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park, Weymouth Beach, &more). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Sandbanks Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Compton Acres, and head off the coast to Brownsea Island.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bournemouth day trip app.

You can drive from Swanage to Bournemouth in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bournemouth can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Bournemouth

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Fun & Games

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.