Since I have been studying in Bournemouth for the last couple of years, I've visited a lot of nice places in Dorset. We are lucky here to be surrounded by lots of beautiful places, and to be right by the sea. I've put together a list of all of my favourite places in Dorset that I have visited so far. There's still some places I haven't been to and things I haven't done, so I'm going to be making a bucket list for my final year of university. I may post it on my blog and tick it off as the year goes by so keep a look out for that.

Places you need to visit in Dorset after lockdown

Bournemouth Beach

Obviously, I have to put Bournemouth Beach as the first destination on the list as I live in Bournemouth. It's one of my favourite places to go in the country. It's such a lovely beach to visit all year round, that's why it's so popular. There's also lots of things to do nearby like the Oceanarium and the arcade.



Only 3 miles from Bournemouth Beach, Sandbanks is one of the most expensive places to live in the UK. Sometimes, I like to go there just to drive past the huge houses there. It's half beach, half harbour at sandbanks and it's just an all round nice area.

Hengistbury Head

Still on the beach, Hengistbury head is a great place to go for a walk and you will usually see lots of cute dogs. It's basically just a big hill on the beach and once you get to the top, you can see amazing views of the sea and you can see all the way to Christchurch and Mudeford too.

Poole Harbour

I really love going to Poole harbour and pretending I'm rich and deciding what boat I'd have if I was. Maybe one day, I can dream! They usually run cool boat trips from Poole harbour too, with some going to Swanage and Brownsea Island. I would check that though because of Covid.

Corfe Castle

corfe castle

Corfe Castle had been on my list of places to visit for a while and it's such a lovely village. The actual castle is really high up so has great views of the rest of the village.


Swanage is just your typical seaside town which I love. There are lots of little independent shops there and it's just a really pretty place. The arcade there is really fun too!

Sculpture by the Lakes

Sculpture by the lakes Dorset

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to visit Sculpture by the Lakes near Dorchester on a PR trip. It's such a tranquil place and a really great day out. Read all about my trip to Sculpture by the Lakes.

Tyneham Abandoned Village

Tyneham is a village that was abandoned during World War II and no one ever returned. It's an interesting visit but is a very little place so it doesn't take very long to look around. I believe it is only open to the public for visiting on Saturdays but it's really interesting to see.

Durdle Door

durdle door

Durdle door is one of the most beautiful places in the whole of England in my opinion. I don't feel like I need to explain this one - the picture says it all.

Do you live near any nice places to visit? Until the lockdown is over, stay safe x

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  1. I’ve been to Dorset so many times but I’ve never visited Durdle Door - I definitely need to check it out next time! Dorset is such a beautiful area!

  2. I'm so close to Dorset but I've barely done any of these things! Feel like I need to start visiting more of these places before uni ends!

    Tash // A Girl with a View

  3. Great post! These places look amazing! I've never been to Dorset before but I want to one day! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Dorset looks like a beautiful part of the country and it's somewhere I would love to visit now! x

    Lucy |

  5. All these places look fab! I've been to Weymouth in Dorset and loved it there x

  6. Durdle door sounds and looks so picturesque! I've never been to Dorset before but it sounds like there are so many lovely places there :)

  7. I've never been to Dorset but all of these places look and sound beautiful!

  8. My grandparents visited Bournemouth regularly for holidays. They loved it, and I never knew anything about the place, which is sad looking back. It really looks beautiful.

  9. Dorset is somewhere I've only visited on the odd occasion (like when my dad decided we were doing a day trip to Corfe from Derbyshire!) but having read this its definitely somewhere I want to visit more.

  10. I love Dorset, I was there a few weeks ago but we were quite restricted as to where we could go. We did go to Bournemouth beach which was lovely!


  11. I love Dorset, its such a pretty area. I've been dying to see Durdle Door for years and was meant to have gone there this week.

  12. Thanks for sharing your favourite places in Dorset, some of these are my favourites to when I go :)

    Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

  13. I'd love to visit Sculpture By the Lakes! I've never been to Dorset but it looks like a lovely place! x

  14. Dear lord how beautiful is that almost Egyptian sculpture

  15. Thank you for this fabulous list.

  16. I've never been but I want to visit Poole. Only because I want to go to the original Lush hahaha.

    Tea in the Tub

  17. Aw, I remember visiting Dorset when I was younger and wish I could go again soon! Durdle Door is beautiful, thanks for sharing x

    Sophie |

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  19. I can't wait for lockdown to be over so I can see all these amazing places in Dorset. I am currently staying in Kent by the seaside, think it has a similar vibe!

    Joe |

  20. I can't wait to get back to Bournemouth! I miss the beach so much 😩 I especially can't wait to go visit Poole Harbour. I used to go there with my granny when I was younger and watch the sunset ❤

    Caroline |