There are plenty of places to see and visit in Dorset. Whether you love hiking or cycling, Dorset is a region where 20 hidden gems are waiting to be explored and visited. Check the top places to visit in the region and plan your next adventure today.

The top 20 Attractions in Dorset

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    Durdle Door

    Hiking Highlight

    Class of nature spectacle in untouched coast. Great attraction

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    Old Harry Rocks

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    The bridleway that circumnavigates Handfast Point gives you the perfect opportunity to marvel at these three huge chalk formations. From hereto can also soak up one of the most iconic …

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    West Bay harbour

    Hiking Highlight

    West Bay, also known as Bridport Harbour, is a small harbour settlement and resort on the English Channel coast in Dorset, England, sited at the mouth of the River Brit …

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    Corfe Castle.

    Hiking Highlight

    The first stone of Corfe Castle was laid more than 1,000 years ago. Since then it’s seen its fair share of battles, mysteries and plots. It’s been a treasury, military …

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    Hardys Monument

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The Monument is not for Thomas Hardy but was built in 1844 in memory of Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, Flag Captain of HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. …

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    Cakes are served on the cart that was used to carry T E Lawrence's (aka Lawrence of Arabia) coffin to his final resting place - just a few metres down …

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    Bat's Head

    Hiking Highlight

    Bat's Head is a chalk headland on the Dorset coast. At the base of the headland is a small bat's cave. From atop the cliffs, you are afforded wonderful views …

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    Portland Bill LIghthouse

    Hiking Highlight

    Portland Bill Lighthouse reopened in 2015 as a visitor centre. You can now climb to the top of the lighthouse and experience breathtaking views over the Dorset coastline. The former …

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    Old Harry Rocks

    Hiking Highlight

    These chalk formations are said to have received their name either as a reference to pirate Harry Poole, or because the Devil ("Old Harry") took a nap on them once. …

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    Keynestone Mill

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Worth stopping here for a coffee as this high-end perfume shop actually serves some of the best coffee around and has a beautiful garden to sit in.

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    Moors Valley

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Great loop through the forest all well maintained with some rocks and duckboards. Good for CX practice or a fun ride with the kids. Go to the reception/cafe from the …

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    West Bay cliffs

    Hiking Highlight

    The crumbling sandstone cliffs at West Bay reveal geology that is 175 million years old. These immense cliffs are awe-inspiring to gaze at from the beach and afford wonderful views when you climb to the top.

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    Lulworth Cove

    Hiking Highlight

    With a white pebble beach and clean turquoise waters, the horseshoe bay of Lulworth Cove is an extremely picturesque place to find yourself. At low tide, you can explore lots of rock pools that are teeming with life.

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    Stair Hole

    Hiking Highlight

    Stair Hole is a small cove where you can see the extraordinary folds of limestone strata known as the ‘Lulworth Crumple’. The unique rock structure was created during the Alpine orogeny and exposed by subsequent erosion.

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    Golden Cap

    Hiking Highlight

    Standing at 626 feet (191 metres), Golden Cap is the highest point on the South coast of England. From the cliff, you are afforded utterly breathtaking views over Lyme Bay to Dartmoor and ahead to the Isle of Portland.

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    Corfe Castle

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    From this most westerly point on the ride you can see Corfe Castle, the Purbecks' most famous landmark, and possibly a glimpse of the vintage steam train that runs inland from the coast.

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    Thorncombe Beacon

    Hiking Highlight

    Thorncombe Beacon once formed part of a chain of beacon sites along the south coast to warn of the approach of the Spanish Armada in 1588. These days, you can still enjoy wonderful coastal views from this great vantage point.

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    Seacombe Cliff

    Hiking Highlight

    The sea-cliff quarries at Seacombe are a popular spot along this stretch of coastline. The low-level platform left behind from quarrying has created a unique bathing spot.

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    Highcliffe Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    Highcliffe Castle has been described as arguably the most important surviving house of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture, which flourished at the end of the 18th century and …

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    Abstieg zur Kliffzunge

    Hiking Highlight

    A roped-up path leads down to a breathtaking tongue, off the cliff, to a very special view.

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