Dorset as a county has a lot to offer when it comes to family day-trips and getaways.
Below we have highlighted some of the most popular attractions here in the Dorset area. These places of interest are what makes Dorset so fascinating.
If you are one for photography, family adventures or history, Dorset is definitely the place for you! With many claims to fame, you'll love some of the many famous aspects of the county.

A Taste of Dorset

Popular Dorset Attractions

Dorset's Claim to Fame!


The Durrells

Partially filmed in Bournemouth, Dorset, the Durrells are a family adapted from Gerald Durrell's "My Family and Other Animals". Widowed Louisa Durrell, moves her family from England to the Greek island of Corfu in 1935, and the story begins!


Alan Carr

The British comedy chat show presenter Alan Carr originates from Weymouth, Dorset, and is known for the TV show, Alan Carr: Chatty Man.


Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp lives Poole's Sandbanks, and has managed many football clubs over the years including AFC Bournemouth, West Ham United, and Portsmouth. His son, Jamie Redknapp is a retired professional football player. He is also Frank Lampards uncle, a retired professional footballer.


The beautiful coastline of Dorset stars in the popular ITV1 Drama, Broachurch. David Tennant and Olivia Colman feature in this crime drama written by Chris Chibnall and produced by Kudos Film and Televsion.



A 2017 drama/thriller movie based on the Second World War and directed by Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk was partially filmed at Swanage Railway in Dorset. The film features former One Direction member, Harry Styles.


Chris Martin

Lead singer and co-founder of the rock band, Coldplay, Chris attended Sherborne School for Boys in Sherborne, Dorset and then the University College London. He was married to actress Gwyneth Paltrow and father to Apple and Moses Martin.


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