The Best Attractions

In South East Dorset

There’s a reason people come back to the Dorset coast again and again. In fact there are many reasons, including elusive wildlife, juicy bites of history, acre upon acre of stunning landscapes and endless maritime adventures. 


Beach days are blissful in Dorset, but there’s so much more to explore around our Swanage Bay View resort. Ferry over to Brownsea Island to seek out red squirrels, explore the gorgeous natural sights at Durlston Country Park a short walk from Swanage town, or immerse yourself in the tumultuous history of Corfe Castle, scene of murder mysteries, battles and acts of martyrdom. Poole Harbour, Europe’s largest, is a playground for watersports and wildlife watching. Dine al fresco in the pristine grounds of the Pig on Beach Hotel, munch on a cake inside a castle on the Lulworth Estate, and sample truly local ales at the Isle of Purbeck Brewery.


They might be happiest searching for fossils on the beach, testing out their snorkels or enjoying a tractor ride - whatever your little ones love doing, you’ll find it in Dorset. Haul in some crabs and gape at the array of colours in the rockpools of Kimmeridge Bay, jump and tumble away rainy days at Putlake Adventure Farm indoor soft play, and chug along the Swanage Heritage Railway listening out for the ‘toot toot’! Put on your putting gloves and enjoy dinosaur themed crazy golf at Santa Fe fun park in Swanage, or venture slightly further afield to Monkey World to enjoy close encounters with rescued primates.

Brownsea Island

A short ferry ride from Sandbanks or Poole Harbour, Brownsea Island is a wildlife haven managed by the National Trust and Dorset Wildlife Trust. Wander the footpaths looking out for one of the 250 red squirrels which can be seen nibbling on nuts and frisking in the treetops. Don’t forget your binoculars - the birdlife here is spectacular too.

Dorset Durdle Door

Lulworth Estate

In this divine 20 square mile patchwork of coastline and countryside, cherry-pick your way through five miles of World Heritage Jurassic Coast, the spellbinding beauty of Lulworth Cove, and the magnificence of Lulworth Castle. Durdle Door, a world famous stone arch, sits within the estate, and you’ll find thatched inns, coffee bars and castle tea rooms to refresh in.