Days out in Dorset needn’t cost the earth!
With fantastic beaches, incredible attractions and some of the very best in history and heritage you’ll not be short of things to do.
We’ve drawn up our own list of the ten best free days out in Dorset. With so much to choose from the hard part was limiting it to ten!
Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve
Situated a mile from Swanage Durlston Country Park is a fabulous 280 acre countryside paradise. With stunning views, walking trails to explore and fascinating wildlife it provides a marvellous day out for everyone.
Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre
Found on the World famous Chesil Beach the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre run a number of exciting events, workshops and activities throughout the year and provides a wonderful insight into the local wildlife.
A glorious slice of natural coastline in Purbeck featuring a four-mile stretch of golden, sandy beach, with gently shelving bathing waters and views of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight.
Founded by St. Aldhelm in AD 705, the Abbey has developed from Saxon Cathedral to the worshipping heart of a Monastic Community, and finally, to one of the most beautiful of England's parish churches and is certainly well worth a visit for its stunning architecture.
Roman Town House
The only Roman Town House to be seen in its entirety in Britain. Dating from the 4th century AD, the remains show a number of architectural details and provide look back in time to Dorchester’s Roman past.
Probably one of Dorset’s most iconic images, the magnificent Durdle Door arch and beach is part of the Lulworth Estate and considered one of the jewels in the crown of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
Cerne Abbas Giant
It is not agreed how old the Cerne Abbas Giant is, but the most likely explanation is that he depicts Hercules, the god with super- human strength and was probably created as a pagan idol during the Iron Age period of Britain. The giant really needs to be seen to be believed!
The village was evacuated in 1943 during World War Two and has been left deserted ever since. The village provides a real step back in time to war time Dorset and provides a tremendous insight into this troubling time in British history.
A fine example of one of the largest Iron Age hill forts available to visit. Maiden Castle provides stunning examples of enormous earth works and complicated entrances covered over an area larger than 50 football pitches.
RSPB Arne Nature Reserve
Arne is celebrated for its magnificent landscape that lend itself so wonderfully to a whole host of superb wildlife species including all six British reptile species, butterflies and endless birdlife. Arne has also played host to the much loved BBC Autumn Watch series.