Holiday Brochures and Tourist Information for Dorset

 

Dorset - Christchurch & Rural Dorset Holiday Brochure

Discover stunning scenery, a beautiful coastline, spectacular natural harbour and historic towns. Enjoy delicious food, colourful events, great attractions and quality accommodation

Dorset - West Dorset Holiday Brochure

Visit our spectacular Jurassic Coastline, world famous for fossils and home to the real ‘Broadchurch’ at West Bay and stylish Lyme Regis. Explore unique market towns such as Dorchester or medieval Sherborne, walk in rolling countryside and enjoy delicious local food and attractions galore!

Dorset Holiday Brochure

Holidays in Dorset will open your eyes to a county of contrasts, offering the best of countryside, coastline, ancient ruins and family attractions – perfect for families and couples. Whether you fancy a romantic short break, a fun family holiday, an indulgent foodie getaway or an exciting day out, Dorset is guaranteed to delight!

Swanage and Purbeck Holiday Brochure

Our part of Dorset offers stunning coastal and rural scenery. Discover England’s first natural World Heritage site, the Jurassic Coast and relax on sandy Blue Flag beaches: enjoy the rich wildlife of the area's many forests, heathlands and nature reserves; or entertain the kids at one of our many family attractions.


The county of Dorset, which lies between Devon and Hampshire on England's south coast with Somerset and Wiltshire to the north, occupies an area of over 1000 square miles.

Dorset's 75-mile coastline is fascinatingly varied. One of the best ways of experiencing its many delights is to walk a section of the South West Coast Path. Heading westwards beyond the exceptionally clean, sandy beaches of Bournemouth you can make a start at the Isle of Purbeck next to Poole Harbour. Its not really an island at all, but a heathland, now designated a World Heritage Site. Past Corfe Castle one of the most romantic ruins in all of Britain - the path leads on to Kimmeridge Bay a marine nature reserve, favoured by divers and then to exquisite Lulworth Cove and the famous limestone arches of Durdle Door. Further west beyond Weymouth, is Chesil Beach, an eighteen-mile long ridge of shingle that stretches its bony finger out to Portland Bill, and is inhabited throughout the year by sea anglers. From here the South West Coastal Path eventually leads you to the crumbling cliffs of Lyme Bay and Lyme Regis in the far west of the county. The beach and famous undercliff at Lyme are so rich in fossils that it comes as little surprise to learn that this part of Dorset is now known as the Jurrassic Coast. From this point, if you follow the South West Coastal Path any further, you'll be in Devon.

There's more to Dorset than popular seaside resorts of Bournmouth, Weymouth and Lyme Regis. The heaths and rolling green hills where chalk and flint cottages nestle evoke the world of the author Thomas Hardy. Dorchester, the County seat, was Hardys Casterbridge, the place where Michael Henchards guilty secret that he once sold his wife and daughter to a sailor becomes his undoing. Many other picturesque Dorset towns and villages have unfeasibly quaint names such as Blandford Forum, Piddletrenthide, Toller Porcorum and Cerne Abbas, where the famous chalk giant flourishes his manhood.


Main market towns to visit: Dorchester Poole Shaftesbury Sherbourne

Seaside Resorts: Bournemouth Lyme Regis Weymouth

Bitesize Britain allows you to order free holiday brochures featuring Dorset tourist information, things to do and see and places to stay – accommodation mostly inspected and graded by the Dorset tourist board or similar organisation.