sunrise sea swim

There are so many activities to keep you occupied in Lyme Regis. If you are lucky enough to have more than a few days to spare, then there are plenty of glorious sites to visit across Dorset – here are our top recommendations on where to visit: 


Door beach

The iconic arch is every bit as impressive in the flesh. On a calm day, swimming through the arch is joyous. (1 hour drive)

Buckets and spades at the ready

Just a short walk from Durdle Door, we’d suggest combining the two for a geography lovers ideal day out. (1 hour drive)


The famous chalk giant may still elicit sniggers from the kids, but is fascinating. Its origins are unknown but it dates from as far back as at least 17th Century. (50 mins drive)

gold hill shaftesbury
Walking boots at the ready

Made famous by the Ridley Scott Hovis Advert, the hill really is as steep as it looks on the TV! (1 hour 15 min drive)

Chesil Beach
Buckets and spades ready

One of the most dangerous stretches of beach in England as the undertow is so strong – you can hear the noise of the pebbles being moved by the waves several miles inland at times. (45 min drive)

portland bill
Treacherous rocks

This sturdy lighthouse warns sailors of the treacherous rocks around Portland. Tours are available via the visitor centre inside and there are some great walks around the island culminating at Portland Bill. (50 min drive)

There are so many diverse attractions in Dorset – for further information, our tourist board (Visit Dorset) website has more in-depth information.