Aerial view of the Dorset coast

Dorset is a beautiful county and has been a popular tourist destination for both British and overseas visitors for decades. Its coastal position has meant that it is a traditional seaside destination for family holidays and it offers a wealth of attractions, hotels in pleasant towns and breath-taking countryside.

Visitors flock to the hotels in Dorset's seaside towns in their thousands. One of the great pleasures of staying in Dorset is the setting of some of the hotels. Visitors will find plenty of seaside hotels right in the centre of towns like Poole, Bournemouth and Weymouth, but can also locate hotels in more peaceful rural settings. At some times of the year, the hotels can be extremely busy and so booking early can be recommended.

Best of Dorset breaks for...

  • Nature Lovers: The National Trust site, Brownsea Island, is a short boat trip from Poole Quay and is famous as the birthplace of the Scouting movement and its large population of tame red squirrels that tolerate visitors quite happily. Another popular destinations is the Upton Country Park, which has excellent bird watching spots and pleasant woodland walks.
  • Culture vultures: For those seeking a little culture on their visit, Bournemouth offers the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, which the Victorians loved for its eccentric and eclectic interior decoration. The collection includes Japanese artefacts that were widely collected in the Victorian era and offers free admission.
  • Families: The Deep Sea Adventure, Sea Life Park and Marine Sanctuary in Weymouth allow visitors to get close to marine life which is always popular with families. Bournemouth offers attractions for all the family, including the Bournemouth Eye and Oceanarium.
  • Shopping: The historic Brewer's Quay is situated in Weymouth's Old Harbour and this Victorian brewery has now been developed to include a speciality shopping village.
A look at the hotels in Dorset...

  • In Poole, much of the action centres on Poole Quay. There are a number of pubs, restaurants and hotels situated there and visitors have plenty to see. Poole Harbour is the second largest in the World and a beautiful sight.
  • Many lovely Victorian buildings are now used to house hotels in Bournemouth, many of which offer excellent value for money. Some of these hotels sit overlooking the beautiful gold sand beaches and the Bournemouth Pier, where a variety of amusements can be enjoyed by all.
  • Weymouth has a multitude of lovely Georgian properties on the Esplanade that are run as guest houses and hotels. Prices can vary enormously and a small amount of research can make a real difference to the price paid for hotels in Weymouth