Where to stay in Dorset to see starry skies

There will be opportunities to see fantastic dark skies for stargazing from a wide range of accommodation types in Dorset.

Sometimes it will be as easy as finding the darkest area’s corner of your campsite (don’t forget your torch!) or just turning off all the lights in your holiday cottage.

Some holiday locations will be more ideal than others for this experience, if your chosen place to stay is situated away from brightly lit town centres, overhead lighting and tree canopies then you could have the opportunity to see the natural wonders of the skies.

Choose a clear night without moonlight, prepare your area to make sure you are safe and warm and then settle down for around 10 minutes to allow your eyes to become accustomed to the dark and to be able to see more stars.

Don’t forget a cosy blanket and a mug of hot chocolate!

North Dorset and rural coastal areas are particularly clear of light pollution.

Staying at Durdle Door Holiday Park is the only way to directly access Durdle Door at night-time so if you are keen to photograph the stars at this location this is a great way to do it.

Burnbake Forest Lodges and camping is also a great location where you can access areas of the site in incredible darkness for stargazing opportunities.

When staying at Silverlake Dorset you’ll have direct access to paths across the heathland to explore the tranquillity of the private estate and the huge open skies above it, which are perfect for stargazing.

Wareham Forest Tourist Park in the heart of the forest also has direct access to footpaths to heathland and is a wonderfully dark location beyond the main campsite.

Just ask your accommodation provider for their top tips for seeing stars locally, they will be delighted to tell you.


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