8 days in Dorset Itinerary

8 days in Dorset Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Dorset trip planner

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Wareham
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dorchester
— 3 nights
Drive
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Weymouth
— 1 day
Drive
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Swanage
— 2 nights
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Wareham

— 2 nights
Wareham is an historic market town and, under the name Wareham Town, a civil parish, in the English county of Dorset. Step out of the city life by going to Monkey World and Kimmeridge Bay. Visit Corfe Castle and Tyneham for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Lulworth Cove, get engrossed in the history at Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum, make a splash at Dorset Adventure Park, and admire the striking features of St Martin On The Walls Church.

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Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Wareham. July in Wareham sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Dorchester.

Things to do in Wareham

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Dorchester

— 3 nights
Dorchester is the county town of Dorset, England. On the 6th (Tue), get in on the family fun at Insight Activities Dorset, shop like a local with Sculpture by the Lakes, and then learn more about the world around you at The Dinosaur Museum. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at St Michael’s Church, explore the activities along West Bay Harbour, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Beer Beach.

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Dorchester is very close to Wareham. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Weymouth.

Things to do in Dorchester

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Weymouth

— 1 day
Weymouth is a seaside town in Dorset, England, situated on a sheltered bay at the mouth of the River Wey on the English Channel coast. On the 8th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Abbotsbury Swannery, tour in harmony with nature at Jurassic Coast Activities, then enjoy breathtaking views from Jurassic Skyline, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Weymouth Beach.

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Weymouth is just a short distance from Dorchester. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Swanage.

Things to do in Weymouth

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Swanage

— 2 nights
Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): ride a horse along Studland Trekking Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Shell Bay, then look for gifts at Lucy's Farm, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Durlston Country Park. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Studland beach and Nature Reserve, then get outside with Fore/Adventure, and then steep yourself in history at Fort Henry.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Swanage trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Weymouth to Swanage in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Swanage are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Swanage

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Dorset travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
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.

Isle of Purbeck travel guide

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Castles · Wildlife Areas · Water Parks