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Dorset Bed and Breakfast accommodation at amazing prices

  • Browse our collection of Dorset B&Bs and hotels, ranging from small independent Dorset hotels to family-run guest houses.
  • In all cases, you will have a comfy bed, breakfast will be prepared for you, and you will be given advice on travel and local visitor attractions.
  • Whether you choose boutique chic or budget and practical, we have the affordable and often more characterful alternatives to staying in larger Dorset hotels

Use the form above to check availability and prices across our entire selection of Dorset accommodation.

Dorset B&B Reviews

  • "Great location, staff very helpful, Hotel immaculate, an overall enjoyable experience." Simon L
  • "Milton Abbas is a picturesque village and the Hambros Arms a comfortable inn. Staff very welcoming." Barbara M
  • "Perfect location for family history research & to get a feel for the country side. Loved it." Christine B

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Dorset Visitor information

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An Introduction to Dorset

Dorset is very a rural county and has no cities but has the large coastal towns of Bournemouth, Weymouth and Poole; the county town of Dorchester and many attractive market towns such as Blandford Forum, Sherborne, Gillingham, Shaftesbury and Sturminster Newton that date back hundreds of year and are full of rich history and many ancient artifacts.

Dorset Attractions

Dorset is famed for its rural and coastal beauty with its World Heritage Coast line and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty take up 44% of the county. There are imposing yet attractive hill forts scattered over some of the higher land formations whilst there are many pretty market towns throughout that have a historical background, often dating back to the Roman invasion. You can visit many historical palces, for instance the ruins of Corfe Castle, Athelhampton's Tudor manor house and gardens Sherborne Castle, built by Sir Walter Raleigh and its Capability Brown designed lake. Brownsea Island nature reserve highly recommended and is close to Bournemouth  and you could also visit Weymouth's Sea Life Park or Monkey World ape rescue centre. Dorset's number one theme park is Adventure Wonderland Family Fun Park in Christchurch. Dorset has beaches on both of its coastlines which attract visitors all year round due to their beauty and the long stretches of beach to explore.

Getting to Dorset

By Air

Bournemouth International Airport offers cheap flights to a large selection of destinations all over the world and is a 26 minute walk to the centre of Bournemouth.

By Boat

Condor Ferries and Brittany Ferries operate services from Weymouth and Poole to the Channel Islands and the French ports of Cherbourg and St Malo.

By Rail

Regular train services run from London, Birmingham, Bristol and other parts of the country into Dorset. Dorset has an extensive rail system and shuttle train from Bournemouth to the airport. This system connects to the rest of the UK and it would be recommended that if you intend to use this as your only form of travel that you buy a rail card or book in advance.

By Car

A network of main roads connect the major towns in Dorset, despite the county's lack of motorways. The main roads in the county are the A37, A35, A34, A31, A354,  A350 and the A352.

By Coach and Bus

To get to Dorset it is recommended that you use National Express which operates all over the country. There are many different bus services in Dorset, including the Jurassic Coast Bus service. 

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Dorset History

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The first known settlement of Dorset was by Mesolithic hunters, from around 8000 BC and Dorset's high chalk hills have provided a location for defensive settlements for millennia.

During their invasion of Britain the Romans landed in Dorset at Poole Harbour.  At Abbotsbury on the Fleet the Romans quickly took the hill fort, Abbotsbury Castle, bloodlessly before moving on to Maiden Castle. Dorset has many notable Roman artifacts, particularly around the Roman town Dorchester and very little of this evidence has been destroyed. The county was initially part of Saxon Wessex, with the first record of Dorset being in 841.

During the Middle Ages monasteries like Sherborne Abbey were the biggest power in Dorset. The Domesday Book documents many Saxon settlements and agriculture became the main way of life until the nineteenth century as the industrial revolution largely by-passed Dorset, which has remained largely rural to this day. Since the early 19th century, when going to the sea became  popular amongst the middle and upper class Dorset's tourism industry has grown

During World War I and II Dorset, located on the English Channel, was both a target and important to the Royal Navy. Portland Harbour was an important Royal Navy base in both wars.

Famous people from Dorset include Alan Carr, Edmund Henderson, John Le Carre, Richard van der Riet Woolley and Thomas Hardy.

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Universities in Dorset

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