The best coastal attractions in Dorset


Dorset has so many unique sites to experience, it can be hard to decide where to start. Explore our top suggestions.


Dorset has so many unique sites to experience, it can be hard to decide where to start. The number one site ranked by Tripadvisor is The Tank Museum, and if outdoor flora and fauna is what appeals most, there’s Sculpture by the Lakes, showcasing art in a perfectly manicured garden. One of the best aspects of travelling in this region, however, is taking in the breathtaking scenery along Dorset’s coast. With this in mind, we take a look at the most stunning coastal attractions in Dorset to seek out during a stay at The Acorn Inn or Summer Lodge.

Attractions in Dorset

A family outing to Burton Bradstock

As an Area of Outstanding Beauty and great geological interest, the Burton Bradstock beach and cliffs are a part of the World Heritage Site known as the Jurassic Coast. But this isn’t the stretch of coast’s only appeal; with ample parking and easy access from nearby Bridport, it’s a favourite for families with children.

Coastal walks and wildlife on Chesil Beach

Anyone in search of a beach for long coastal walks need look no further than Chesil Beach. This 29-kilometre stretch of coastline is considered an important area for wildlife – making bird watching especially rewarding – and is a part of the famed Jurassic Coast.

Attractions in Dorset

Hillwalking and tranquility in Lulworth Cove

Surrounding the sheltered waters of the semi-circular Lulworth Cove, which was formed around 10,000 years ago by the sea, are undulating hills that attract keen walkers to set out and explore. Located on the Jurassic Coast, the cove has extraordinary geology to discover too, which the West Lulworth Heritage Centre gives visitors more of an insight into.

The thrill of watersports at Portland Harbour

As one of the coast’s main hubs, and with the safety that comes from having sheltered waters, Portland Harbour is a hive of watersports activity. In fact, these ideal conditions make the harbour the perfect spot for scuba diving, kite surfing and windsurfing, among other thrilling activities.

Attractions in Dorset

Fossils hunting along the shores of Seatown

Hidden amidst cliffs and windswept grass banks, Seatown was once a haunt for fishermen by day and smugglers by night. Now, this quiet pebbly beach attracts visiting families who come to hunt for ancient fossils along the shore.

A day at the seaside in Weymouth

Established by King George III over 200 years ago, Weymouth seaside resort has long been one of Dorset’s most popular holiday retreats. And now, this is truer than ever, with bountiful activities for the whole family, from sea front amusements to an Adventure Park.

Attractions in Dorset


As the family sets out on holiday, pets don’t need to be left behind. At The Acorn Inn and Summer Lodge your four-legged friends are welcomed in with pet services to cater for their every whim and need; with Lily’s Kitchen exclusive dog food menu, a dog-washing station to clean up after those muddy walks, and customised “woof” towels, you know your pet will enjoy their Dorset stay as much as you and the rest of the family do.

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