With seaside resorts, friendly villages, rolling countryside, and historic monuments Dorset is a county not to miss. A holiday spent exploring Dorset is sure to be memorable, with something for everyone in the family.
The most westerly town, nestled on the Dorset-Devon border, is an old-fashioned seaside town with great beaches and dramatic views out to the sea. The town has been dubbed ‘the pearl of Dorset’ and has served as inspiration for Jane Austen and John Fowles, both of whom feature Lyme Regis’ historic cobb in their works.
A Dorset cottage holiday spent in Lyme Regis will be filled with sunshine and beaches, of course, but you also won’t want to miss the Town Mill, a restored 14th century flour mill, and the Lyme Regis Museum, which is full of local palaeontological treasures.
Perched on a cliff top overlooking the Dorset coastline and the Isle of Wight the 19th century mansion of Highcliff House is a sight to behold. The castle is a Grade 1 listed building and is one of the most important surviving homes of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture. The castle suffered a number of fires in the 1960s leaving it derelict until Christchurch Borough Council purchased it in 1977 and set about restoring it to its former glory.
Visitors today can tour the castle interior, where descriptive panels and photographs help illustrate the original grandeur of the elaborate building. Events are also often held at the castle, including outdoor concerts and theatrical productions.
Possibly one of the best known areas of Dorset is the Jurassic Coast, a 153 miles long stretch of coast famous for its geological features. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001, the Jurassic Coast offers a glimpse back over 180 million years in time. Spend your days searching for fossils on the beach at Charmouth, where you can also take a guided fossil walk – maybe you’ll even find a dinosaur like palaeontologist Mary Anning did in 1811.
You can access the Jurassic Coast via a number of gateway towns, all of which feature something a little bit different. The area between Charmouth and Lyme Regis is great for fossil hunters, while Sidmouth is renowned for its beautiful coastal scenery and rich geology.
The beautiful and historic county of Devon is often overshadowed by its famous neighbour Devon, but don’t just drive on through. In Dorset there is something for everyone just waiting to be discovered.
If you’re looking for holiday accommodation when visiting Dorset view the selection of self catering cottages offered by Sykes Holiday Cottages Ltd. With 100+ independently owned cottages located throughout the county Sykes Cottages are sure to have the perfect holiday accommodation for you.
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