National Trust

The National Trust has some beautiful properties in Dorset:

Brownsea Island, Poole

Famous for red squirrels, wildlife and Scouting

Burton Bradstock near Bridport

Spectacular coastline with cliffs and miles of unspoilt beaches

Cerne Giant, Cerne Abbas

Ancient naked male figure sculpted into the chalk hillside above Cerne Abbas

Clouds Hill near Wareham

The rural retreat of Lawrence of Arabia

Corfe Castle, Wareham

Thousand-year-old royal castle

Eggardon Hill, Bridport

Iron Age hill fort and downland with views across the Marshwood Vale to the coast

Fontmell and Melbury Downs near Shaftesbury

Flowery downland and far reaching views

Golden Cap, Bridport

Stunning coastline and England’s only natural World Heritage Site. At 191 metres, it is the highest point on the south coast of Great Britain.

Hambledon Hill

Iron Age hill fort with great views and spectacular wildflowers

Hardy Monument, Portesham

Monument to Vice-Admiral Hardy

Hod Hill near Blandford Forum

Dorset’s largest hill fort, known for its downland wildlife

Kingston Lacy, Wimborne Minster

Family home built to resemble an Italian Palace. You can also take a walk in the large grounds.

Lambert’s and Coney’s Castle, Bridport

Ancient hill forts

Lewesdon Hill, Beaminster

The highest point in Dorset with views between the trees over Devon, Somerset and out to sea

Max Gate, Dorchester

Victorian home designed by writer Thomas Hardy

Pilsdon Pen, Beaminster

One of Dorset’s prominent landmarks, dominated by an Iron Age hill fort

Spyway, near Swanage

Towering sea cliffs and grasslands rich in wild flowers

Studland Bay near Swanage

Large area of sandy beaches and heathland with good views of Old Harry Rocks. If you’re lucky at Shell Bay you might get to a murmuration of starlings at dusk

White Mill near Wimborne Minster

Corn mill with original wooden machinery in a peaceful riverside setting