8 days in Dorset Itinerary

8 days in Dorset Itinerary

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Bournemouth
— 1 night
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Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
— 2 nights
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Lyme Regis
— 4 nights
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Bournemouth

— 1 night
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. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): make a trip to Weymouth Harbour, enjoy the sand and surf at Weymouth Beach, and then take in panoramic vistas at Jurassic Skyline. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Brownsea Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Compton Acres, and then kick back and relax at Bournemouth Beach.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bournemouth online travel planner.

London to Bournemouth is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Bournemouth are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Swanage.

Things to do in Bournemouth

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:

Swanage, Isle of Purbeck

— 2 nights
Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): stroll through Monkey World, then brush up on your military savvy at The Tank Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Nicholas Church. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Corfe Castle, then take in the dramatic natural features at Lulworth Cove, and then get engrossed in the history at Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Swanage online journey planner.

Drive from Bournemouth to Swanage in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Lyme Regis.

Things to do in Swanage

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:

Lyme Regis

— 4 nights
Lyme Regis is a coastal town in West Dorset, England, situated 25mi west of Dorchester and 25mi east of Exeter. You've now added Nick's Fishing Trips to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyme Regis: Yarak Bird of Prey (in Cullompton), Hawkridge Bird of Prey Centre (in Exmouth) and Peak Hill Llamas (in Sidmouth). There's much more to do: make a trip to The Cobb, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Donkey Sanctuary, look for gifts at Clocktower Music, and stroll around The Byes Riverside Park.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lyme Regis trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Swanage to Lyme Regis by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Lyme Regis are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Lyme Regis

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 2:

Dorset travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Nightlife
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.