In Romantic

If you’re looking for the perfect setting to get down on one knee and pop the big question, there’s not a more glorious location than Dorset.

Dorset's outstanding natural beauty and assortment of iconic landmarks make it one of the most stunning backdrops for that romantic gesture.

With nearly 100 miles of coastline and two areas of outstanding natural beauty there are many beautiful spots to make your own and set those everlasting memories.

Durdle Door

Durdle Door is one of Dorset’s and the world’s most remarkable and majestic natural landmarks.

If you’re planning a winter proposal, you could catch the “through the keyhole” phenomenon which only appears for a few minutes each day in December. Stand on the beach in-front of the ‘door’ as the sun rises in alignment with the stones through the arch for that perfect romantic ambience to ask that special question.

A glorious sight of the sun rising through the arc of Durdle Door
Image Credit Steven Hogan

Lyme Regis Cobb

The stone wall of the Cobb in the romantic seaside town of Lyme Regis is a wonderful setting to propose. The Cobb has been famously used in TV adaptations of Jane Austen's 'Persuasion' and John Fowles' 'The French Lieutenant's Woman' and a proposal here will be a dream to any lover of literature. 

The Cobb, Lyme Regis with stunning views along Dorset's coast

Corfe Castle

Show your beau how much they mean to you with the magical, striking and fairy-tale setting of the romantic Corfe Castle ruins. Perfect for that all important gesture and idyllic for every history lover.

Catch the dreamy Castle on a warm summers evening at one of their splendid events or how about a fiery and mystical vibe during the winter season as the Castle ruins are lit with braziers and lanterns.

A pink sky blooms as the sun sets behind the romantic ruins of Corfe Castle

Swanage Pier

If looking out onto a picturesque ocean and watching the sunset is your idea of perfection than Swanage Pier is exactly what you’re looking for. With a vintage, Victorian feel it gives that feeling of traditional romance with the bonus of a stunning view looking out onto the sea.

A beautiful view from Swanage Pier as the sun setsImage Credit Andy Farrer

Gold Hill

This is another iconic location situated in rural Dorset. It is said to be one of the most picturesque images in England and is most famously known for starring as the backdrop for the 1973 Hovis advert as well as used in films, chocolate boxes, jigsaws and Christmas cards. The unspoilt, old fashioned, traditional English view is adored by many and with a steeped cobbled hill surrounded by thatched cottages we can all see why.

Take a romantic, leisurely stroll through the quaint town and up the cobbled hill to find a stunning view and a timeless location to pop the question.

Looking down the steep cobbled streets of Gold Hill is a charming sight

Golden Cap

At 626 feet this is the highest point on the South Coast and offers magnificent views at every compass point. The sheer beauty of this location makes it the perfect spot for a marriage proposal.

Go down on one knee at the spectacular viewpoint by St Catherine's Chapel. The iconic hilltop chapel commands one of the best views of Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon in Dorset and will make a memorable proposal, especially at sunset.

The sweeping view from Golden Cap is a magnificient back drop

Hot Air Balloon with Aerosaurus

Imagine popping the question as you float at 1000 foot?! You can do this and view Dorset in all its glory from above as you glide through the sky. The champagne sunset and sunrise flights create the most unmissable ambiance for that all important moment.

View Dorset stunning landscapes from above in a hot air balloon

River Boat in Wareham

How about hiring a boat and rowing gently up the river at Wareham with a picnic of all your partner’s favourite foods on board? There are plenty of scenic spots to moor up, or you could even propose on the water for that magical touch.

The picturesque town of Wareham has many scenic spots along the river

Studland Bay

A beach proposal always goes down a treat and Dorset has plenty of stunning beaches on which to go down on one knee, one of which is the white sandy shores of Studland Bay.

On a warm summer’s evening, you could be forgiven for thinking you were somewhere more exotic. Find the perfect spot to make your own for that intimate and romantic surprise and write your message in the sand for a personal touch.

The exotic white sands of Studland Bay

Christchurch Priory

Whisk your loved one away to the charming historic town of Christchurch and visit the magnificent Christchurch Priory. Journey up the spiral staircase to the top of the Church to find a unique location to ask the special question.

The charming historic town of Christchurch, Dorset

Dorset has an abundance of unforgettable locations perfect for those special displays of love. If you're looking for a luxury restaurant to pop the question Dorset boasts many classy, cosy and charming eateries to suit every couple. Whisk your other half away on a spontaneous break and treat them to a fabulous retreat to a spa hotel or for a grand gesture, Dorset's striking Stately Homes and magnificent Castles could be the flawless backdrop you've both been dreaming of!

Dorset really does have everything you need for that very important "YES!!".

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Durdle Door
Beach
Durdle Door beach

Eroded by time and nature, Durdle Door is one of Dorset’s most photographed and iconic landmarks. A shingle beach only accessible on foot via a steep path and steps from Lulworth Cove or Durdle Door Car Park. Swimming is possible in some places. Dogs are allowed all year.

Lyme Regis
Town
WDDC credit

Lyme Regis is Dorset's most westerly town, a bustling and picturesque seaside resort famous for its fossils and literary connections.

Corfe Castle
National Trust Property
Corfe Castle in spring

Adults and children alike will be captivated by the romantic Corfe Castle ruins and the breath-taking views across Purbeck.

Swanage
Coastal
Swanage Beach

This small town surrounds a beautiful curved bay and offers a seaside experience with a difference. Enjoy the soft sand and the award winning beach front whilst being surrounded by Purbeck’s natural beauty and wildlife.

Gold Hill
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Gold Hill, Shaftesbury. Photo credit Rachel Baker

Come and stand on the ancient cobbles of Gold Hill, Shaftesbury a glorious setting made famous in the much loved "Hovis" advert. Take in the stunning vista down the hill and across the surrounding Dorset countryside.

Golden Cap
National Trust Property
Golden Cap

Golden Cap is a high, flat-topped hill of deep orange sandstone on the cliffs between Charmouth and Bridport, and is comprised of two ages of rock from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. The Cap is the highest point on the south coast, at 627ft (191m), with views along the shore to the tip of Portland Bill in one direction and to Start Point in the other. Inland, you can see Pilsdon Pen and as far as Dartmoor.

Aerosaurus Balloons
Outdoor Activity/Pursuit Centre
Aerosaurus Balloons

Aerosaurus Balloons is a family-run company offering champagne hot air balloon flights across the South West of England. As the largest hot air balloon flight operator in the West Country, we have over 25 years' experience and have flown more than 80,000 passengers, ranging from six to over one hundred years of age!

Wareham
Town
St Marys Church and The Priory Hotel from River Frome

Wareham is a curious and fascinating town. It has a history that goes back nearly 2000 years; flourishing in Saxon times and was a strategic stronghold for King Alfred the Great.

Wareham Boat Hire Ltd
Boating and Canoeing
Abbotts Quay, Wareham

Motor Boats, Kayaks, Canoes, Rowing Boats and Paddle Boards all for hire from Abbots Quay in Wareham. We have a fantastic range of self drive motor boats, some of the latest touring and sit on top kayaks both single and double. Canadian canoes, Red Paddle SUP's and much more. All perfect for exploring the River Frome and Poole Harbour. Great fun for all ages, sizes and abilities.

Studland Bay
Beach
Knoll Beach and Studland Bay

Fine sandy beaches stretch continuously for 4 miles. The heathland behind the beach is a National Nature Reserve with many rare birds and all six British reptiles.

Studland
Village
Shell Bay, Studland

Studland is a small village located on a peninsula in south Purbeck, and is close to both Swanage and Corfe Castle.

Christchurch
Town
Christchurch Quay, Dorset

Few places in the country can boast two rivers, two castles, an 11th century Priory Church, a mill of Saxon origin, a medieval bridge and the site of a civil war siege in 1645.

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