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Towns in Dorset

Towns in Dorset

There are so many places to visit when you stay at one of our Dorset Holiday Parks we have made a list of our favourite Towns & Cities to help you choose where to go while you holiday with us in Dorset.

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Christchurch is a town steeped in history and culture. The main centrepiece of the town is The Great Priory church which is situated on the edge of the river. The other main piece of history in the town is the castle; the castle was built after the Norman invasion and is situated on a large mound. The castle is a large part of the town and used to be at the centre of town life. As well as all the history the town has beautiful gardens and the Redhouse Museum.

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Added by Patricia Carr on 17/08/2011 20:18:25

Beautiful Dorset town, plenty to see. Nice shopping area.

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Bournemouth is one of Britain’s favourite seaside towns with 7 miles of sandy beaches, which offer great bathing conditions and Boscombe beach has a brand new artificial surf reef offering constant 6ft waves. Bournemouth also has a great number of attractions including the grand pier and pleasure gardens, which have been made famous for their exotic plants and pine tree’s. As well as all the tourist attraction the town has a thriving nightlife, with a number of restaurants, bars and clubs.

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Added by B Hopkins on 01/05/2012 13:43:40

Good shops, friendly people - will come back again.

Added by Seabear on 17/07/2011 14:56:11

Love Bournemouth and I am under 40. The place is so clean and tidy. The beach and gardens are lovely and the people are so friendly. I would definitely visit again.

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Bridport was once a thriving fishing port and the main producer of rope in the country. The Market town now however is a great place to use for a base to visit Dorset’s beautiful countryside and coast. The town itself has a wide array of individual shops, cafes, restaurants and tourist attractions such as Palmers Thatched Brewery, meaning visitors will not get bored.

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Added by Tracy on 10/04/2012 13:07:31

Sweet little town. Not a lot there, but we enjoyed walking round the shops. We visited the museum and that was very interesting.

Added by Lez on 05/10/2011 21:39:10

Nice little town. Quaint.

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Dorchester is the main town in Dorset , it dates backed from Roman times, which is clearly visible when you walk around the area The town has plenty going on to keep visitors happy including; museums, galleries, markets, shops, gardens and fine restaurants.

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Added by Kev R on 22/02/2012 21:13:31

Driven around this town for many years without ever visiting, what a mistake! Good parking (and cheap), great shops, cakes, coffee and user friendly. Extra treats for our kids were the museums - Dinosaurs, Egypt and lots more.

Added by Christine Rudland on 24/11/2011 10:17:05

Beautiful place.

Added by Sandra Barry on 04/11/2011 21:35:47

Museum with artifacts of Egypt, Dinosaurs, Romans etc. Very well presented and child friendly. Lovely Town with plenty of history.

Added by Sue Taylor on 07/09/2011 17:54:00

What an enchanting place! It is so nice to see somewhere where the original architecture has not been ruined by modern buildings. We particularly liked the Teddy Bear museum.

Added by Anna Hills on 09/04/2012 10:39:06

I loved Dorchester. This town is full of character buildings. We went on market day and it was very busy. We also visited the Tutankhamen and Mummies Exhibitions which was awesome and a bit scary! Be prepared to see mummies. I would like to go back to the Teddy Bears museum on another occasion. There are some good shops in the town too and I had a lovely cream tea there.

Added by Pap on 17/08/2011 19:55:06

Always lots to do here with 5-14 year olds. Dinosaur, teddy bear, Tutankhamen, and Terracotta Warrior museums all are good value if bought as a group ticket and only take an hour max each. This year we tried the County Museum due to new Pliosaur skull exhibit. Added bonus of a sci-fi exhibit as well, worth the entry price for adult with child free. Park and ride should be easier to find though.

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Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis is set on Dorset's magnificent Jurassic Coast; the picturesque town offers visitors wonderful views in a beautiful setting. People travel from all over to visit the town which is set in an area of outstanding beauty. Lyme Regis has a varied number of events and attractions including a thriving theatre and art and music festivals.

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Added by Fiona Bisp on 04/08/2011 08:15:07

Lovely place to go, lots of shops and little alleys to wander through. Lots of nice boutiques.

Added by Rose and Tony on 05/05/2012 20:25:42

We love Lyme Regis. The Cobb. The walk along the front. Lots of good places to sit and eat, on the sandy beach, or in one of the sea front eateries. Lots of different shops, antiques, bric a brac, charity, galleries, clothes, gifts, Fossils. Good pub grub. We visit Dorset once a year and we never miss Lyme! AND great local ice cream!!! Yummy!

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