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Dorset Beaches

Dorset is home to some of the most spectacular beaches in the UK – here’s our top six.


Amazing Beaches of West Dorset

Hive Beach West Dorset

Hive Beach

Hive Beach on the beautiful Jurassic Coast is near Burton Bradstock and close to Rudge Farm. This popular Dorset beach is never overcrowded so is a great place to spend the day. It has probably one of the best beach cafes on the South Coast called the Hive Beach Cafe. The cafe has received rave reviews including from the Times and has a year round excellent seafood menu as well as a great ice cream parlor

West Bay Beach West Dorset

West Bay BEACH

West Bay is located just south of the town of Bridport and has a picturesque harbour. The pier at the harbour affords stunning views along the Dorset Coastline towards Weymouth and Lyme Regis. There are also a number of walks from West Bay along the Jurassic coast. Around the harbour are a number stalls offering some of the freshest fish and chips you will find. TWest Bay harbour and beach were recently used in the highly popular TV series, Broadchurch.

Seatown Beach West Dorset

Seatown BEACH

Seatown is a small shingle beach just south of the village of Chideock and provides a great view of Golden Cap, the highest point on Dorset’s coastline. Almost on the beach is the very popular Anchor Inn which serves great food and drink and is open all year round.

Charmouth Beach West Dorset

Charmouth BEACH

Charmouth offers a large beach and is part of the Jurassic Coast. It is most famous for its fossil hunting and is probably one of the best places to find fossils in the UK. At the beach the Heritage Coast Centre has fossil workshops and runs guided fossil hunting tours.

Lyme Regis BEACH

Lyme Regis offers a beautiful and safe sandy beach as well as great views of teh Dorset coast from the historic cobb. The beach has a promenade filled with cafes and restaurants so you can sit back and relax watching the world go by. The far end of the beach boasts the famous Cobb which has featured in several films such as ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’. Behind the beach are beautiful gardens and is home to the new Mark Hix fish restaurant. The high street is only yards away from the seafront and offers an interesting array of one off shops and cafes.


Weymouth offers a gently sloping sandy and safe family beach making it one of the most popular beaches in West Dorset. The beach has a multitude of attractions including a funfair, sand sculptures and a host of cafes and restaurants. There are also a number of traditional beach activities including donkey rides, pedalos and punch & judy shows.

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What Our Guests Say...

Loved our holiday. Lots to keep our little one entertained, tennis, games room, trampoline, rowing boats, fishing, playing in the meadow, the ducks and woodland walks. Cottage lovely clean and had everything we needed. We went to Burton Bradstock beach, monkey world, dinosaur & teddy bear museums in Dorchester, Lulworth Cove, Abbotsbury children's farm. Fantastic time and back for more hopefully next year.

John, Swanley

If your looking for a peaceful holiday in the deep countryside this is perfect.The wildlife is great with so much to see and the most wonderful walks on your doorstep.Pigsty cottage was excellent for us and the view from the cottage was stunning.

Toby, Carmarthen

The kids absolutely loved our stay and it really was the perfect family holiday.

Paula and David, Midlands

Just spent a long weekend here and must say thoroughly enjoyed it. Stayed in Carter's cottage, lovely and warm and cosy and spotlessly clean. Went with our daughter and one year old grandson. Perfect for families so much there to do - would love to go back in the summer months although weather was kind to us sunny but cold. Very well equipped all you could possibly want with good local pubs.

Susan, Surrey

Great location to explore West Dorset - We had a really lovely stay at Rudge Farm. As our first visit to West Dorset it was an ideal location to explore the coastline. The kids really enjoyed the activities on site too including the boating on the lake, the games room and tennis court. The local farm shop was fab and did lovely fresh bread, yummy cheese, and veg. Thanks for a great holiday and we would definitely recommend it to other people.

Caroline, Brighton
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