6 days in Dorset Itinerary

6 days in Dorset Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Dorset tour planner

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Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
— 2 nights
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Bournemouth
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Swanage, Isle of Purbeck

— 2 nights
Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England. Step out of Swanage with an excursion to Lulworth Cove in West Lulworth--about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: get outside with Fore/Adventure, take an in-depth tour of Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum, make a splash at Dorset Adventure Park, and learn more about the world around you at The Etches Collection, Museum of Jurassic Marine Life.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Swanage trip itinerary tool.

Findon to Swanage is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Bournemouth.

Things to do in Swanage

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

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Bournemouth

— 3 nights
Bournemouth is a large coastal resort town on the south coast of England directly to the east of the Jurassic Coast, a 155km World Heritage Site. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bournemouth: Weymouth (Weymouth Harbour, Weymouth Beach, &more), Precious Memories (in Lytchett Matravers) and Insight Activities Dorset (in Tolpuddle). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bournemouth Beach, take in the waterfront at Bournemouth Pier, head off the coast to Brownsea Island, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sandbanks Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bournemouth road trip planning website.

You can drive from Swanage to Bournemouth in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Bournemouth are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Bournemouth

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Fun & Games

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Dorset travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Nightlife
Celebrated novelist Thomas Hardy lived most of his life in Dorset and used it as a setting in many of his finest works. Today, tourists from around the globe use this region as a setting for their great English adventure. Places to visit in this county feature a variety of landscapes, including steep chalk hills, wide clay valleys, and a series of small but thriving dairy farms. Arguably the most important attraction of this rural region is the enormous Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site stretching for over 155 km (96 mi). A tour along this coastline, with its fossil-rich beaches and secluded bays, is a trip through time. The landforms of the region document the geologic developments that shaped the surface of our planet over hundreds of millions of years.