Dorset Seaside Towns
Home to miles of beautiful coastline, rich history and golden sandy beaches, Dorset seaside towns are the perfect places to relax and recharge.
Known to have some of the best beaches in the UK, boasting several Blue Flags, it’s not difficult to see why Poole is so popular. Whatever the weather, you’ll be able to enjoy the golden sands of Sandbanks beach and many more. You’ll find a whole host of waterside restaurants and bars too.
If a spot of shopping is what you’re after, head to Poole’s Old Town & Quay which is brimming with independent shops; with its narrow alleyways and cobbled streets, it’s the perfect way to explore the town on foot.
Located in West Dorset, Lyme Regis is an action-packed town, with something for everyone to enjoy.
Visitors are spoilt for choice with Lyme Regis’s beaches. For your quintessential day at the seaside, the Front Beach is a great sandy beach. Why not soak up some history and take in West Dorset’s stunning views, with a walk along Lyme Regis’s famous Cobb harbour? You can even do a spot of fossil hunting, whilst you’re there.
Historically rich and charmingly quaint, Christchurch is nestled between Bournemouth and the New Forest. Visitors will never run out of fun things to do. The town centre boasts an impressive selection of both high street and independent shops.
For those in search of history and heritage, Christchurch Priory - the town’s famous 11th century monastery church - is brimming with history and heritage.
Choose from six sandy beaches, to enjoy a fun family day out on.
For those who want to pack as much as possible into their days, Bournemouth is one of the most diverse Dorset seaside towns of them all. Water sports, shopping and even tours of the area are all available for visitors to enjoy in Bournemouth.
Alum Chine is a great choice for families with children, featuring its very own themed children’s playground and beautiful tropical gardens. Why not catch the land train from Poole and make a stop off at Durley Chine and hire a beach hut to relax in? Bournemouth is brimming with restaurants, cafes and attractions for hours of entertainment.
Spend a fun day on the beach, then head into the town to enjoy the nightlife, where a whole host of entertainment, including theatre and comedy, awaits.
Where to stay
The Half Moon in Sherborne is an excellent choice, with Nine Country Springs Park and the Fleet Air Museum nearby. Yeovil and Glastonbury are both a short drive away. Sleep in comfort and enjoy a selection of freshly prepared classics, from the menu.
The Shah of Persia, is ideally located near to the centre of Poole. Sleep soundly, eat well and enjoy peaceful surroundings. Guests find themselves just five minutes from the coast and close to attractions such as Compton Acres - the finest privately owned gardens in Europe, where you can enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea.
Wherever you choose to stay, Dorset seaside towns offer an action-packed, fun time on the south coast of England.