More than deckchairs and crazy golf

Glorious Dorset makes for the perfect British holiday destination. Defined by the craggy and ancient Jurassic coastline and its unspoilt rural landscapes, Dorset is also home to pretty seaside towns, dreamy coves and quirky sights. If you’re looking for an inspiring variety of ancient sites, literary locations, traditional seaside pleasures, swanky mansions, historic properties and spectacular coastal scenery, then Dorset is the spot for you.


Dramatic coastal landscapes meet glorious gardens and architectural treasures

From £639 per person

based on two sharing in a twin/double room, with a minimum of 30 passengers travelling in a specific month

Best time to go

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Suggested Hotel

Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth

  • Superb location on Bournemouth’s East Cliff
  • Close to town centre – a short walk to beach and shops
  • Bar & restaurant
  • Contemporary decor and friendly ambience
  • Outdoor swimming pool (May – September only)

Not the hotel for your group? Other hotels are available, contact us.


Swanage Railway

Enjoy a leisurely trip on the heritage railway at Swanage. On this 12-mile return journey, you can take in the iconic views of Corfe Castle and the beautiful Purbeck scenery from the comfort of an historic steam locomotive.


Characterful Swanage is a gem on the Isle of Purbeck. This traditional seaside town has a lovely selection of cafés and restaurants, a delightful promenade and stunning sandy beaches. Swanage is close to the many attractions in the area, including Corfe Castle, the Blue Pool and the unspoilt sandy swathes of Studland Bay.

Corfe Castle (NT)

An immensely pretty village with evocative castle ruins at its centre, Corfe Castle is a captivating spot from which to enjoy the beauty of the Purbecks. Discover 1,000 years of history within the majestic walls of the partially demolished royal fortress.

Compton Acres

The exquisite gardens of Compton Acres, designed in 1920, are considered some of the finest ornamental gardens in England. This horticultural heaven comprises five distinct areas of varying styles: the Italian Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Heather Garden, the Rock and Water Garden, and the Wooded Valley.

Poole Harbour Cream Tea Cruise

This relaxing 90-minute cruise allows you to take in the sights of Poole Harbour whilst enjoying a delicious Dorset cream tea served on vintage china. Departing from Poole Quay, the boat passes ‘Millionaires Row’ at Sandbanks, Brownsea Castle, and five islands. A live commentary gives you insights to points of interest and local history.


Beautiful Bournemouth is cradled by a glorious stretch of golden sandy beach, but the town has so much more to offer than the obvious attractions of its bay. Having been a haven for holidaymakers since Victorian times, Bournemouth offers visitors fine gardens, inspiring art galleries, and is the perfect base from which to explore the stunning Dorset countryside.

Kingston Lacy (NT)

Experience the grand elegance of this palatial mansion, filled with artistic treasures and surrounded by acres of stunning parkland. This lavishly furnished 17th century home contains a wealth of paintings by world famous artists as well as an enormous collection of artefacts from all over the world. Outside, you can enjoy beautiful sweeping lawns, charming formal gardens and delightful woodland walks.

Jurassic Coast & Hardy's Dorset tour

Our knowledgeable Dorset guide will help you explore more of the county of Dorset, including the stunning coastline, rolling hills and historic town of Dorchester.

Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum is located on Bournemouth’s East Cliff, overlooking the sea. Then known as East Cliff Hall, in 1901, Merton Russell-Cotes gifted his wife Annie the beautiful building for her birthday. The couple were Victorian collectors and travel enthusiasts and filled the home with remarkable artwork and souvenirs from their travels. Today, guests can admire exhibitions of both art and artefacts from the Russell-Cotes’ extensive collection.

Team Comments:

“The county of Dorset offers such variety. Bournemouth is a vibrant town and makes a great base from which to explore the area.” (Jackie)



Beaulieu makes the perfect visit to ensure that everyone’s happy. Not only is Beaulieu home to a pioneering motoring museum, with over 250 vehicles tracing the history of British motoring, but the beautiful gothic-style Palace House, stunning formal gardens, and the ruins of a vast medieval abbey are well worth exploring. If that’s not enough – be sure to check out the World of Top Gear and Secret Army exhibitions.

Lulworth Cove

The iconic geology of Lulworth Cove is one of the highlights of the Jurassic Coast. Not only can you watch the sea sparkle against the unique formations of Durdle Door, Stair Hole and the Lulworth Crumple, but you can enjoy the swathes of stunning beach – once you’ve negotiated your way down the rocky steps to the shore.

Sherborne Castle & Gardens

This stately turreted house, built by Sir Walter Raleigh, is packed with fascinating historical relics and archaeological treasures. Situated in magnificently landscaped gardens, paths and trails allow you to soak up the commanding views of the verdant parkland surrounding the castle.

The New Forest

The New Forest National Park feels like a timeless place with its ancient heathland, idyllic woodland and pretty glades. One of England’s largest areas of pastureland, you will share your visit with the forest’s wild ponies and roaming deer.

The Tank Museum

A must for anyone interested in the history of armoured warfare, the unique Tank Museum at Bovington Camp houses over 300 vehicles. The collection & exhibition tells the story of their part in fighting the major wars of the 20th century.

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