Welcome to West Dorset
Whether you're looking for a seaside family holiday, a romantic getaway or simply a weekend exploring some of Britain's most beautiful scenery - there's something for everyone in West Dorset.
The World Heritage Jurassic coastline is unrivalled and is fantastic for fossil hunting and family fun. Seaside resorts like Lyme Regis and West Bay and nearby Weymouth, offer a wide range of holiday activities - from paddling in the sea to sailing and windsurfing and strolls along the prom.
Take time to explore the vibrant towns of West Dorset. The county town of Dorchester is well worth a visit with its fun family attractions, historic sites and Brewery Square area. Along the coast at Bridport discover a busy market town, renowned for its quality local food and art scene.
West Dorset's dramatic coastline and stunning landscape provide the backdrop for many TV and film productions. Visit the real 'Broadchurch' at West Bay, beautiful Sherborne and the surrounding countryside, which featured in Hollywood's film adaptation of Thomas Hardy's 'Far from the Madding Crowd' and the spectacular Dorset coastline set to feature in the new film adaptation of 'On Chesil Beach' starring Saoirse Ronan.
There's a whole host of wonderful attractions to explore. For fun packed days out with the kids, visit Monkey World or Farmer Palmer's. They'll also love the famous Swannery at Abbotsbury, a ride on the Swanage Railway or why not try donkey-walking or a llama-trekking adventure. There are plenty of active options too, from a leisurely round of golf to a heart pumping, white-knuckle water rib ride.
There are historic castles and sumptuous grand houses to tour and gardens and parks to relax in. There's fascinating museums offering rich history on almost every subject - from tanks and toys to Tutankhamun and Thomas Hardy.
West Dorset offers an amazing variety of contrasts so why not come and explore breath taking scenery, absorb history and heritage or simply relax in one of the most beautiful and diverse parts of England.
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