Dorset is home to many famous artefacts, landmarks and beautiful scenery, and holiday cottages in Dorset are ideally located to visit places of interest. From the alluring mysteries of the neighbouring Stonehenge to the historic wonder of the Jurassic beaches of Bournemouth, the South West of England is awash with things to see and do. When visiting the areas of the county why not stay in one of the many holiday cottages in Dorset and truly enjoy the comforts of this pleasant region of Britain? Dorset is a renowned site for archaeological discoveries and the Jurassic Coast hosts fossil walks all along its expansive shores with a cruise for those wanting a more intense insight into the amazing finds of this region. The area has earned itself UNESCO World Heritage Site status as it presents clarification of 185 million years of world geological history. Other cultural activities can be found further inland and there are an array of museums and galleries to visit. When staying in a holiday cottage in Dorset, you can venture into the quaint towns and villages which display both local art and exhibitions from further afield.
Literary culture is conserved and revered in many areas of this county and as you venture from a holiday cottage in Dorset, perhaps visit the birthplace of Thomas Hardy when you travel to the pretty town of Higher Brockhampton. The cob and thatched cottage was built by Hardy’s grandfather and remains preserved almost exactly as it was when Hardy was born in 1840. Pay homage to the great writer and witness the place where he wrote his works, Under the Greenwood Tree and Far from the Madding Crowd. You may also visit the retreat of T.E. Lawrence at the small remote cottage in Wareham and reflect on the life of this complex man as you peruse the exhibition and follow the “Lawrence Trail” which culminates in a hilltop picnic.
When you stay in a holiday cottage in Dorset, take advantage of the large quantity of cultural activities available in the surrounding areas. The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum houses a vast collection of Victorian Art, as well as many superb pieces of European art. It is especially known for promoting the works of female artists such as Louise Jopling and Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale. This is a fascinating gallery and would be an excellent day out for all art enthusiasts. For those who wish to make the most of the great outdoors during a holiday at a cottage in Dorset, visit the many castles in the area such as Portland castle and the ruins of Christchurch Castle which is a marvellous existing example of Norman architecture.
The area of Bridport in Dorset is a small market town and offers many shops and attractions for you to enjoy during your visit to a holiday cottage in Dorset. The historic town is also renowned for its delicious produce and was runner up in the South West Local Food Award competition in 2006. The area’s history is celebrated in the Bridport Museum and you can learn all about the Roman past when you peruse its extensive archives. The charming village of Westbay in Bridport is known as “The Golden Gateway” to the Jurassic Coast. Here you can enjoy the beautiful scenery as you embark on a walk along the sparkling coastline, perhaps stopping to explore the quaint shops and markets as you go. After an active day exploring the coastline and village, perhaps tour Palmer’s Thatched Brewery. This is a delightful place to visit when you meander from a holiday cottage in Dorset and a tour of this traditional brewery concludes with a tasting of some of its finest ales.
The holiday cottages in Dorsetare set amongst fantastic landscapes and are close to stunning beaches and coastline. The location ensures you have the option of experiencing many activities based both on land and sea. There are so many things for the children and the entire family to do, you will find it hard to choose which one to enjoy first! There are many animal rescue centres such as Monkey World and Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Rescue Centre, which allow you to interact with the animals in a peaceful and rural setting. For those in search of thrilling rides, why not visit Adventure Wonderland, a delightful Alice in Wonderland theme park, which boasts the largest themed hedge maze in the South as well as having adventure rides suitable for a range of ages. There is also of course the Dinosaur Museum, which is the only museum in Britain dedicated exclusively to dinosaurs. Reviews of the museum are so superb that it was recently voted Dorset’s Family Attraction of the Year.