Things to do

Sunrise over Corfe Castle

Dorset has plenty to see and do, from sightseeing and easy strolls at one end of the spectrum to abseiling and windsurfing at the more extreme end. With plenty of archaeological sites, beautiful coastline, National Trust properties and high adrenaline sporting activities, there’s something for everyone.

Our top 25 things to do (in no particular order):

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  • Spend the day at Dorset Steam Fair
  • Visit Max Gate House,  former home of Thomas Hardy
  • Watch the sun rise at Corfe Castle
  • Watch the red squirrels at Brownsea Island
  • Abseiling on the Isle of Portland
  • Fishing at Chesil Beach
  • Swimming in Studland Bay
  • Walk to Old Harry Rocks
  • Fossilling on the Jurassic Coast
  • Spend the day at Mapperton House and Gardens
  • Take a fishing trip from Weymouth
  • Walk from Lulworth to Durdle Door
  • Watch the starlings flocking over the Studland Peninsula
  • Adopt a monkey at Monkeyworld
  • Visit Sheborne Castle
  • Drive a tank at the Tank Museum
  • See sharks at Weymouth Sealife Park
  • Watch storms lash the coast at Portland lighthouse
  • Watch the mass feeding of up to 600 swans at Abbotsbury Swannery
  • Have a go at coasteering with Dorset Coasteering
  • Dive to the Betsy Anna and Fleur de Lys wrecks off Swanage
  • Dance the night away at Larmer Tree Festival
  • Admire the aquatic life at Bennetts Water Gardens
  • Windsurf off Weymouth and Portland
  • Visit the secluded Minterne Gardens