Clothing & Accessories Dorset
Some of our smaller towns are great for finding shoes and clothes that you wouldn’t normally find on the high street. And all offer fantastic cafes, pubs and restaurants for something to eat or drink while you rest your feet and admire your purchases.
Big named brands
For your big shopping experiences head to the towns of Dorchester, Weymouth, Poole and Bournemouth. They are packed with well-known high street names and department stores, as well as independent smaller shops.
Brewery Square in Dorchester has some great higher end stores to entice shoppers and afterwards you can get something to eat in the huge variety of restaurants within the square or watch a film at the cinema.
Individual and unique
You will find friendly and helpful retailers at the seaside town of Swanage, ready to assist with your purchases – many of them stocking unusual and unique clothing and accessories. Rainbow’s End is jam packed with brightly coloured and interesting items – you won’t find a dull colour in sight!
The riverside town of Wimborne is a ‘Fairtrade’ and 'plastic free' town offering an enticing blend of charming independent boutiques, specialist shops and high street stores all based around the beautiful and picturesque Minster Church. Explore the hidden courtyards, calm pedestrianised walkways and attractive High Street, where a diverse mix of clothing, footwear and jewellery await.
With a wide range of individually-owned shop and boutiques, Sherborne is a great place to find a unique gift and exclusive fashion. You’ll recognise high street brands alongside some great independent stores along the interestingly named Cheap Street.
Christchurch’s traditional high street and Saxon Square shopping quarter mixes well-known stores and individual retailers. The Quay, Priory Church and Castle Ruins are all within walking distance for extending your day and taking in some sights.
Jewellery and Accessories
Pursenalities in Swanage is a handbag and accessories shop where their motto is Happiness and Handbags Go Together!!. They have a fabulous variety of bags including Italian and Dutch leather, unique designs from around the world and fashion handbags where they only have 1 of each colour per style and do not repeat them, so don't miss out. They also stock many styles of purses, scarves and sandals.
If you are looking for jewellery made with beautiful gemstones or crystals, Castle Gemstones and Natural Wonders are the shops for you. They have some really unusual pieces including Baltic Amber, handmade Lapis Lasuli and Turquoise and Silver jewellery.
Did you know that the clothing brands Animal and Brakeburn were both originally created in Poole? Dorset’s amazing scenery and landscapes not only inspire some of the brands designs but are also a natural playground for its staff to let loose and boost their creative juices.
Staying for a few days?
If you've shopped til you drop and need somewhere to rest your head, you'll find a fantastic selection of places to stay which you can book online. And if you are choosing somewhere for breakfast, lunch or dinner, take a look at our restaurants, pubs and cafes. Perfect for a morning coffee, quick snack or something more substantial to refuel before you head back to the shops.