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Dorset has been a seaside family holiday destination for decades. It offers a wealth of attractions, hotels in pleasant towns and breath-taking countryside.
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The undulating hills and jigsaw coastline of Dorset, in southern England, are home to some of the nation's most pleasing yet under-rated attractions. Far from shining neon lights on its best bits, Dorset quietly revels in its absolute beauty and bevy of brilliant destinations. There are seaside hotspots, such as Lyme Regis in the west, central Weymouth, and Bournemouth, in the east of the county. There are charming towns, such as Dorchester and Beaminster.
You'll discover family attractions, and not only at the beach. While down by the water's edge the amazing power of nature has shaped a truly unique landscape. Whatever you dream of seeing in Dorset, and wherever you wish to stay, there are many unforgettable memories just waiting to be made.
The National Trust site Brownsea Island, a short boat trip from Poole Quay, is the birthplace of the scouting movement, as well as having a large population of tame red squirrels that tolerate visitors quite happily. Another popular destination is the Upton Country Park, which has excellent bird watching spots and pleasant woodland walks.
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.
The Deep Sea Adventure, Sea Life Park and Marine Sanctuary in Weymouth lets visitors get close to marine life and is always popular with families. Bournemouth offers attractions for all the family, including the Bournemouth Eye and Oceanarium.
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.
Book Dorset hotels as far in advance of your stay as possible to ensure the best rates. Read on to find out more about where to stay and then book your Dorset accommodation using the search tool on TravelSupermarket.
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