Five fantastic things to do in Dorset

Dorset packs a punch when it comes to things to do. From castles and railways, to outstanding natural beauty, there is something for everyone. Read on the discover our top five fantastic things to do in Dorset!

1. Swanage Railway

This picture perfect steam railway takes passengers from the seaside town of Swanage inland towards Corfe Castle. As you pull into the station, one cannot help but think of Hogwarts as the puffs of steam float past the window of the musty compartments as a hilltop castle appears in the distance. Take the next stop to Norden for country walks and cycle hire. Just don’t miss the last train home!

2. Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle is a village at the foot of the ruined castle with the same name. Both village and castle are equally worth exploring. Alight the railway and cross over to the village square, where you’ll find a bakery, 18th century tea room and village store, as well as a model village. Pay the National Trust entry fee (free for members) and climb the steep hill in which the castle is perched. Take in the surrounding scenery before heading back down for a well earned cup of tea and slice of cake.

3. Brownsea Island

Board a ferry from Poole Harbour to take you to Brownsea Island. Home of the Scouting movement and the endangered red squirrels. Docking on the eastern shore of the island, take a circular walk past the nature reserve and through the dense woodland before discovering quiet and isolated beaches at the foot of a steep descent down to sea level. Visit the campsite where Robert Baden-Powell held his first ever Scout camp, before swinging back via the tearoom for snack. Admission chargeable separate to ferry fee.

4. Lulworth Cove

Park up at Lulworth Cove and explore the visitor centre before heading down past the pubs and cottages behind low stone walls and emerging at the calm, almost perfectly circular bay. Grab an ice cream or fish and chips on the beach, before braving a hike up and down the steep (and we mean steep) coastal path to the famous Durdle Door. The walk is worth it for an Instagram worthy shot of the natural archway.

5. Portland Bill

Last on our list of five fantastic things to do in Dorset, is Portland Bill. At the southernmost point of Dorset, this interestingly shaped bit of land juts out into the English Channel. Due to it’s nature, a lighthouse was essential to avoid any ships crashing into it, and it’s definitely insta-worthy! The 41m tall, red and white tower is accessible to public through the visitor centre. It’s worth the 153 steps just for the amazing views over the Jurassic Coast.


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