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Top places to visit in Dorset England in 2022

top places to visit in Dorset England in 2022

Are you looking for top places to visit in Dorset England in 2022 or are you planning a trip to Dorset and wondering what your Dorset road trip could look like or what you should do with your time there, you’ve arrived at the right blog post. In this blog post, I am going to share the best places to visit in Dorset with you, jam-packed with all the best adventure on offer in this beautiful place to visit in England.

Picturesque seaside towns, tasty seafood, colourful beach huts, dramatic cliffs – which are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site – breathtaking views of soaring seagulls over turquoise water, the excitement of finding dinosaur fossils, watching the sunset in front of the ruins of a Norman castle, a garden full of the contemporary sculptures… This is Dorset, a south-western county of England! If you are looking for a longer getaway in the UK, this blog post will convince you to choose one of these best places to visit in Dorset, a paradise of nature and other attractions.

Of course there is the impressive Jurassic Coast and its famous landmarks such as the awe inspiring Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, and the famous city of Bournemouth, but there are so many more things to do in Dorset too! With rolling hills that offer miles upon miles of views, stunning English villages, and art and culture on offer too, you won’t be short of things to do in Dorset by the end of this blog post.

There are so many beautiful places to visit in Dorset, whether you decide to embark on a UK road trip or just do a day trip in Dorset, there’s plenty of adventure to be had. If you’re planning a road trip in Dorset, I advise you to enjoy both the coast and countryside because I assure you, you will not be disappointed! Check out our Dorset road trip itinerary here. Make sure you check out our UK road trip planning guide and our UK road trip checklist so that you are fully prepared!

This blogpost will highlight all of the best things to do in Dorset, as well as the best places to visit in Dorset and the best adventures to go on. This is the blog post for you whether or not you are looking for the best things to do in England, the best places to visit in England, or the next destination for your UK road trip.

Let’s explore the top places to visit in Dorset England in 2022

1. Bournemouth: a seaside town that can’t be missed!

Bournemouth, the biggest seaside town and one of the best places to visit in Dorset, is known for having award-winning Blue Flag beaches and Green Flag gardens that make up 20% of the entire town. Bournemouth was voted the happiest place in the UK and when you’re looking at the nature it offers, it’s easy to see why people feel a bit happier here. They’re even willing to pay a huge sum for properties just to be closer to all the natural wonders Bournemouth offers.

Things to do in Bournemouth…

  • Walk from Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier. Each pier has some old pictures and descriptions of how life by the sea used to be, and how it has developed.
  • Russell Cotes Art Gallery – for art and Victorian artefact lovers.
  • Visit St. Peter’s Church, where Frankenstein author Mary Shelley is buried.
  • The Oceanarium (sea animals) and Monkey World (an ape rescue centre about 20 miles outside of Bournemouth) for families and animal lovers.
  • Stroll around the parks and gardens. There are several parks and gardens in Bournemouth to have a beautiful stroll around and admire the flora:
    • The Lower, Central and Upper Gardens, located in the heart of Bournemouth town centre, have plants and trees from all over the world.
    • The Alum Chine Tropical Gardens and Pinecliff Gardens (which will make you feel like you’re in Spain with its Mediterranean plants).
    • Stour Valley, providing a villagey atmosphere with the calming sounds of the flowing River Stour.
    • Meyrick Park and Queen’s Park – big green spaces for golf lovers.

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Places to eat in Bournemouth…

  • Cafés: Moka Pot, Mark Bennett Patisserie, Petite Prince, M’s Bakery, Flamingo Café, Boscanova (vegan and vegetarian dishes)
  • Fancy restaurant: Brasserie Blanc in Bournemouth (Raymond Blanc restaurant with seasonal dishes and a sea view)
  • Restaurants on a budget: Antepli (Turkish cuisine), Sim Sim (Mediterranean dishes, and the best falafel salad ever!)
  • Best fish & chips: Chez Fred
  • Best pizza: El Murrino, Da Mario

2. Hengistbury Head

One of the best things to do in Dorset is to rent a bicycle (for example here) and cycle to the nature reserve called Hengistbury Head – a scenic headland and a site rich in wildlife and archaeological excavations of international importance. While riding alongside the seafront, admire the colourful beach huts which you can rent for a day.

Dorset England

Dorset England

3. Mudeford Sandbank

If you like cycling and you want to extend your trip to Hengistbury Head… keep cycling to Mudeford Sandbank! Mudeford Sandbank is a sandspit separating Hengistbury Head from Christchurch. The sandspit is covered with colourful beach huts which can be rented overnight.

These beach huts are in high demand and the prices of these beach huts are comparable to 3-4 bedroom house prices, despite not having toilets or running water inside! One of them was recently sold for £350k (hard to believe, I know)! This is how much people are willing to pay to have a small beach hut in an area not spoilt by civilization’ and with a view over the sea with the Isle of Wight in the background.

Dorset England

Dorset England

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