32 days in Dorset Itinerary

32 days in Dorset Itinerary

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Bournemouth
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Isle of Portland
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Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
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Bournemouth

— 5 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. Go for a jaunt from Bournemouth to Poole to see Farmer Palmer's Farm Park about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Bournemouth Beach, contemplate the long history of Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, take a leisurely stroll along Bournemouth Pier, and explore the activities along Poole Harbour.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bournemouth tour builder website.

London to Bournemouth is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Isle of Portland.

Things to do in Bournemouth

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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Isle of Portland

— 8 nights
Isle of Portland is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Castletown D-Day Centre, relax in the rural setting at Fancy's Farm, walk around Tout Quarry Sculpture Park and Nature Reserve, and examine the collection at Portland Museum.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Isle of Portland online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Bournemouth to Isle of Portland in 1.5 hours. On the 29th (Mon), you'll travel to Swanage.

Things to do in Isle of Portland

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums
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Swanage, Isle of Purbeck

— 10 nights
Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England. Venture out of the city with trips to Lulworth Cove (in West Lulworth) and Worbarrow Bay (in Tyneham). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Studland beach and Nature Reserve, stroll through Studland to Swanage Trail, make a trip to Old Harry Rocks, and head outdoors with Fore/Adventure.

Start your trip to Swanage by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Travel from Isle of Portland to Swanage in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lyme Regis.

Things to do in Swanage

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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Lyme Regis

— 8 nights
Lyme Regis is a coastal town in West Dorset, England, situated 25mi west of Dorchester and 25mi east of Exeter. Get out of town with these interesting Lyme Regis side-trips: Dorchester (Sculpture by the Lakes, Queen Mother Square, &more), Weymouth (Chesil Bank (Chesil Beach), Jurassic Safari, &more) and Abbotsbury (Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens & Abbotsbury Swannery). The adventure continues: make a trip to The Cobb, enjoy the sand and surf at Hive Beach, admire the striking features of Sherborne Abbey, and identify plant and animal life at Golden Cap Estate.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lyme Regis online route planner.

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. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Lyme Regis

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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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.