8 days in Dorset Itinerary

8 days in Dorset Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Dorset trip itinerary planner

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Bournemouth
— 2 nights
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Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
— 3 nights
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Lyme Regis
— 2 nights
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Bournemouth

— 2 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 Bournemouth's surroundings by going to Weymouth (Weymouth Harbour, Weymouth Beach, &more). There's much more to do: stroll through Bournemouth Beach, step off the mainland to explore Brownsea Island, get outside with Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park, and take a leisurely stroll along Bournemouth Pier.

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London to Bournemouth is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In August in Bournemouth, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Swanage.

Things to do in Bournemouth

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Swanage, Isle of Purbeck

— 3 nights
Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England. Step out of Swanage to go to West Lulworth and see Lulworth Cove, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Fore/Adventure, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey World, take an in-depth tour of Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Corfe Castle.

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You can drive from Bournemouth to Swanage in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Swanage sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lyme Regis.

Things to do in Swanage

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lyme Regis

— 2 nights
Lyme Regis is a coastal town in West Dorset, England, situated 25mi west of Dorchester and 25mi east of Exeter. On the 17th (Tue), meet the residents at Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium, cast your line with a fishing tour, and then get outside with fossilwalks.com. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Golden Cap Estate, then explore the activities along West Bay Harbour, and then stop by Clocktower Music.

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You can drive from Swanage to Lyme Regis in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Lyme Regis are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Lyme Regis

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

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.