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Best things to do in Dorset

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Cultural Center
“Ware flat shoes, the climb to the spire is steep and narrow but worth every step.”
78 locals recommend
Zoo
“Super day out visiting various monkeys and apes that have been rescued and rehoused. Take along your odd socks for the monkeys to play with. ”
64 locals recommend
History Museum
“This is a great day out somewhere to visit for sure! Great for individuals and families. ”
56 locals recommend
Bay
“This is a place I never get bored of. Come rain or shine this incredible natural landmark is one not to miss. I would recommend visiting the information centre and taking the short hike over to Durdle Door. ”
75 locals recommend
Park
“Treetop walkway and high ropes, narrow-gauge steam railway, cycling, orienteering and fishing.”
51 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Good menu and incredible views! We recommend walking or cycling down for an early evening drink. Service can be slow as it's very popular but worth it for the beachside location. Dog and child friendly :)”
52 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“A tranquil spot just 20 minutes' cruise away from the flat and home to the rare red squirrel and roaming peacocks. Nature reserve, beaches, cafe overlooking the harbour. In the summer, there is an open-air theatre performing Shakespeare (your ticket includes the cruise fees) every evening. Simple to get to from the cruise kiosks on the quay (moments from the flat). Your cruise ticket is a round trip, but there is an entry fee for non-National Trust members. ”
65 locals recommend
Hotel
“Beautiful stretch line of gold sand beaches with restaurants and only a 15 minute walk away.”
31 locals recommend
Establishment
“Beautiful area and nature reserve with a view of the beach and sea on one side and Christchurch harbour on the other. There are large fields, a walk up the head itself. There is a cafe/restaurant on the spit beach and also another cafe at the car park. The visitor centre has a small garden outside and cameras showing nesting birds (great place to fly a kite - it's always windy!)”
40 locals recommend
Park
“Great for a for a long walk/bike ride with lovely views, woods, and beach. Good dog walking spot too.”
37 locals recommend
Art Museum
“A fascinating Victoria villa and gardens located in Bournemouth town centre. Regularly hosts different art collections too. Nice coffee shop.”
38 locals recommend
Beach
“Famous rock formation along the Jurassic coast. Good walk from car park to beach but worth it if you are mobile. ”
35 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Best lobster in Dorset, just 35 mins away in a unique and unpretentious setting. ”
45 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Sandbanks is has the most beautiful beaches and also has the Gerry across to studland and swanage. ”
36 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great food with views from studland across to Poole and Bournemouth. Best to reserve ahead, or in summer turn up and eat in the outside area ”
41 locals recommend
Harbor / Marina
“The iconic Cobb wall is an historic stone pier that stretches out to sea to protect the harbour at Lyme Regis. It famously features in Jane Austen's 'Persuasion' and was a memorable feature of John Fowles' novel 'The French Lieutenant's Woman' and the film adaptation (1981) featuring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons. ”
34 locals recommend