In Romantic

If you’re looking for the perfect setting to get down on one knee and pop the big question, there are many beautiful locations to create those everlasting memories.

Our amazing landscapes and iconic landmarks make the county a stunning backdrop for your romantic gesture. And with nearly 100 miles of coastline and two areas of outstanding natural beauty, you are spoilt for choice with places to propose.

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

The Cobb at Lyme Regis

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 loved one 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, then Swanage Pier is exactly what you’re looking for. Being a Victorian landmark it gives that feeling of traditional romance with the bonus of a stunning view looking out onto the sea and the Jurassic Coast.

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 and on chocolate boxes, jigsaws and Christmas cards. The unspoilt, 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.

Gold Hill, Shaftesbury in Dorset

Golden Cap

At 626 feet, this is the highest point on the South Coast and offers magnificent panoramic views. 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 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

Shell 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 Shell Bay at Studland.

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.

Christchurch Quay and Priory Church, 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 at 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!!".


Durdle Door
Durdle Door beach, Dorset

Durdle Door is an extremely popular beauty spot. To access the beach there is a 30 minute steep downhill path, plus a further 143 steps down onto the beach. There is only one set of steps to access the beach, therefore you may have to queue to ensure social distancing of 2 metres. There are no toilets or any other facilities on the beach. Toilets are located within the car park area (approx 30 minutes walk uphill from the beach). There are no lifeguards at this beach. Barbecues and fires are not permitted at any of the beaches or grassland areas on the Lulworth Estate. Overnight camping is not permitted on beaches, clifftops or elsewhere (apart from pre-booked camping at the Durdle Door Holiday Park).

Lyme Regis
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 Pier
swanage pier early light

Restored Victorian Pier, stroll, visit the exhibition, café or shop. Boat trips, fishing and diving.

Gold Hill
Historic Site
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

The National Trust car parks at Golden Cap are now open. There are limited spaces, so if the car park is full please come back another time. 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!

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
Knoll Beach and Studland Bay

The National Trust car parks are open at Shell Bay, Knoll Beach, Middle Beach and South Beach from 9am to 5pm. Toilets are open at Shell Bay, Knoll Beach and Middle Beach. There are limited spaces, so if the car park is full please come back another time. BBQs are not allowed anywhere on the beach or heathland. 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.

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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