Bournemouth is the largest resort in Dorset and boasts a long 7 miles of sandy beaches, beautiful parks and floral gardens. It also provides a vast array of shops, restaurants and holiday accommodation to suit all budgets.
You are sure to find things to do whilst exploring Bournemouth, with lots of attractions, activities and entertainment to keep all ages entertained. With great shopping, and eating out experiences as well lots of events all year round. Why not enjoy the nightlife too, with some of the best pubs, bars and clubs along the coast.
Enjoy beautiful bay walks with breathtaking cliff top views. Discover Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve to the East and the magnificent coastline heading west towards Alum Chine, and its tropical gardens.
Not only can you walk along the picturesque landscape, you can hire traditional beach huts originating in Bournemouth in 1908. The beach huts and funky beach pods are available daily, or weekly hire and are ideal for taking in the views and watching the world go by.
Poole is a coastal town in Dorset, known for its large natural harbour and award winning blue flag sandy beaches, including the world famous Sandbanks Beach. The old town has georgian houses and Poole Museum which explores local history. From Poole harbour, boats head down south to Brownsea Island. This wooded island has trails and wildlife such as red squirrels. Plus the island houses a 16th Century Brownsea Castle which is now a private hotel.
Nestled between Bournemouth, the Isle of Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast, Poole is a fabulous place to base to start exploring Dorset.
Poole's harbour is a haven for sailors, wildlife enthusiasts and watersports with a gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. It is also home to the RNLI, with full training college situation along the harbours edge.
Why not explore the treasures of Pooles historic quayside and delve deep into the heart of the old town where sea captains and pirates once stood.
Or you could take to the water and enjoy the multiple water sports available. From windsurfing, sailing or a powerboat ride in the safe and shallow water.
A town which is full of character with many great places to eat and a bustling event programme. Dorset's country town is home to some of the finest local attractions alongside places to eat and why not enjoy the rich history dating back as far as the Iron Age.
Explore the miles upon miles of bike trails and walking routes that surround Dorchester, and take in all of the stunning wildlife and nature. You are able to enjoy some of the breathtaking scenery whilst being moments from the centre of town, by using routes such as Maiden Castle and The Dorset Jubilee Trail.
How about learning on the Hardy Trail. This is for the lovers of the acclaimed poet and writer Thomas Hardy. With Dorchester of course, being the casterbridge which featured in many of his novels and reference of the great poet can be found in and around the town.
Arguably the biggest event to be held here is the Dorset County Show. A celebration of the local areas agricultural history, giving you the opportunity to get up close with many of the rural trades that provided livelihoods for locals for generations.
This is much more than just a cruise stop or shopping destination. Its appeal lies with its diverse nightlife, retail opportunities, varied leisure facilities, superb art and heritage attractions, lively events and of course the charm of the bustling waterfront location.
Titanic enthusiasts can visit some of the city's major Titanic related sights which include war memorials, the former White Start headquarters and the Grapes pub.
Southampton's cultural offerings also include the award winning City Art Gallery and Southampton Guildhall, as well as fine theatres, galleries and international events such as the annual Boat Show.
If shopping is for you, why not visit WestQuay in Southampton. A state of the art shopping facility with almost a hundred shops to browse and buy. Whilst close to three further shopping centres, and traditional special shops making Southampton one of the top shopping destinations in Southern England.
If you cannot decide between seaside or countryside, historic town or pretty harbour then Christchurch is the place to solve this. A perfect solution that offers award winning beaches, coastal nature reserves, heritage attractions and a perfect Quay.
The historic Priory Church and Castle ruins give the old world charm to Christchurch along with its attractive bustling town centre. Nearby villages such as Highcliffe and Mudeford provide a castle and the very popular crabbing trips.
With four miles of coastline, which include views of the Isle of Wight, and 6 safe beaches you are spoilt for choice.
Two for the price of one in Christchurch. With two rivers to sail or walk along, two historic Quays and two Castles to discover.
The icing on the cake, is the renowned annual food and drink festival, bringing the whole community together. Throughout the year there are hundreds of fairs, festivals, fetes, shows and exhibitions hosted in and around Christchurch, giving you something to look forward to whenever you stay.
Portsmouth is a dynamic and vibrant waterfront city that is packed with many reasons why you should visit. Ideally situated along the South coast, perfect for a short break by the sea. There are many things to do here, from museums, live music, art, two cathedrals and a diverse literary heritage.
Portsmouth was the birthplace of Charles Dickens, but also home to Arthur Conan Doyle and Rudyard Kipling during their lifetimes. With these literary greats being celebrated throughout the city and at frequent events.
Why not visit Southsea common, which is a 50 acre open space right along the seafront. A popular place for dog walks, picnics and sport, this area also hosts high profile events such as America's Cup World Series and The Victorious Music Festival.
Not forgetting the recent modern emblem of Portsmouth, the Emirates Spinnaker Tower. This structure towering above the city stretches 170 metres above Gunwharf Quays, making it taller than Big Ben, the London Eye and Blackpool Tower. On a clear day visitors are able to see 350 degree panorama stretching for up to 23 miles.