Discover holidays in West Dorset

Dorset is the perfect destination to enjoy a West Dorset holiday, short break or a weekend away on the dramatic and historic Jurassic Coast – come and discover the great beaches, harbours, delightful coastal picturesque villages and the market towns.

There’s so many wonderful places to see and experience during a visit or short break when visiting West Dorset  – all set in breathtaking countryside and with many Dorset walks just waiting to be discovered and explored.

“Enjoy the glorious West Dorset countryside”


West Dorset is a walker’s paradise!

Come to Dorset for a walking holiday, short break or weekend and you’ll discover there’s countless trails, footpaths and Jurassic coastal paths and walks which also include the the South Dorset Ridgeway (a section of the Neolithic Ridgeway causeway  trail, and the long distance South West Coast Path which is easily accessible in West Dorset.

It’s a walker’s paradise and is one of the UK’s best and popular places to go walking!

“Walk along the Jurassic coastal path”

South West Coast Path

Dog friendly Dorset welcomes you

Dorset is pet and dog friendly on a self-catering holidays including cottages and holiday – it’s no wonder visitors return time and time again to this beautiful and historic area of Dorset and the Jurassic Coast – you can literally walk through history!

Dog friendly self catering holidays – great for all the family”

During your visit in West Dorset you can also follow in the footsteps of ‘David Tennant’ to the glorious locations of the ‘Broadchurch’ ITV series in this outstanding area of Dorset in South West England!

Discover West Dorset’s Castles, historic sites and fortifications!


⇒ Discover all this in West Dorset
  • The 185 million years old Jurassic Coast World Heritage site
  • Sandy beaches & Fossil Beaches | Portland Bill & Lighthouses
  • Glorious Countryside (AONB) | Coastal & Countryside views
  • Wonderful Houses & Gardens | Churches | Historic Castles
  • Great Family Visitor Attractions | Street Markets | Museums
  • Variety of Events | Exhibitions | Festivals | Various Activities
  • Outstanding Clifftop, Countryside and Village footpath walks
  • Ancient Market Towns | Pretty Villages |Fine Dorset Food
  • Picturesque Historic Harbours | Headlands | Hidden Coves
  • Explore its Roman, Neolithic and Ancient history
  • Dog and Pet Friendly Holiday Accommodation Available


Dorset’s Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site

It’s literally like walking through history when you’re exploring the 185 million year old World Heritage Jurassic Coast – and it’s world renowned for its abundance of amazing fossils and to try your hand at fossil hunting.

“Discover the historic harbours of West Dorset”

Weymouth harbour

Exploring the rugged, dramatic and amazing Jurassic coastline you’ll discover delightful historic harbours, hidden coves, amazing rock and cliff formations along the many coastal and headland footpaths that offer outstanding and commanding sea and country views.

Discover Dorset’s rich historic and Roman past!

Maiden Castle, Dorchester


 Discover and learn about Dorset’s historic and Roman past when visiting Dorset with a visit to the many wonderful ancient sites dotted around West Dorset. There’s many wonderful museums and exhibitions to visit with wonderful displays of the history of Dorset throughout ages and the fossil museums,.

“The BBC TV documentary ‘Attenborough & the Sea Dragon’ was filmed on the Jurassic Coast”

Disccover the villages & countryside of West Dorset


Dorset’s villages are set in picturesque and exceptional countryside and many have lovely and peaceful footpaths, trails and bridleways to explore.

You’ll be enchanted when you come across the delightful streams, beautiful meadows, woodlands and waterfalls and you might even be lucky and find some ‘holloways’ which are unusal sunken paths.

“Discover the beautiful gardens and footpaths of Dorset”


“Visit West Dorset recommends visiting Tourist Information Centres (TIC) for local information during your Dorset holiday visit”


Visit West Dorset is featured in the article on 15 of the UK’s most charming towns on FlightNetwork – one of the world’s largest online travel agencies!