5 days in Dorset Itinerary

5 days in Dorset Itinerary

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Lyme Regis
— 2 nights
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Bournemouth — 1 night

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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): walk around Hamworthy Park, explore by horseback at Studland Trekking Centre, and then cool off at Dorset Adventure Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Winchester City Mill, enjoy the sand and surf at Bournemouth Beach, and then kick back and relax at Alum Chine Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bournemouth day trip planning app.

London to Bournemouth is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bournemouth can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lyme Regis.
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Lyme Regis — 2 nights

Lyme Regis is a coastal town in West Dorset, England, situated 25mi west of Dorchester and 25mi east of Exeter. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): look for gifts at Pug and Puffin, tour the pleasant surroundings at Seaton Beach and Chine, then kick back and relax at Cobb Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Lyme Regis Undercliff. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium, make a trip to The Cobb, then stroll through Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve, and finally trek along South West Coast Path - Hooken Cliffs.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lyme Regis travel planner.

Traveling by car from Bournemouth to Lyme Regis takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Lyme Regis, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bridport.
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Bridport — 1 night

Bridport is a market town in Dorset, England, situated approximately 1.5mi inland from the English Channel near the confluence of the small River Brit and its tributary the Asker. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at West Bay Harbour, then have fun at The Tunnel Target Sports Centre, and then get outside with fossilwalks.com.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bridport trip planner.

Bridport is just a stone's throw from Lyme Regis. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive back home.
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Dorset travel guide

Beaches · Nature & Parks · Aquariums
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.