Luxury holidays in Dorset

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When to go

Summer’s a shoo-in, with Dorset among the UK’s top five sunniest counties. May is wonderful for seeing the coastal-path flowers at their height. Winter can be forbidding for serious Jurassic hikes, but among the gentle beaches and resorts, the off-season coast is a treat.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    Bournemouth International Airport ( has links with Glasgow | Dublin | Shannon and New York | as well as many European cities. There’s a shuttle bus that connects the airport to Bournemouth railway station (
  • Boats

    There are passenger ports at Poole and Weymouth, with connections to France and the Channel Islands.
  • Trains

    From London, the South Western Main Line runs down to Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester and Weymouth; or there’s the West of England Main Line, which passes through Sherborne. Go to to plan your journey.
  • Automobiles

    Not a single motorway carves through Dorset; from London | take the M3 to Andover or Winchester | then it’s A roads all the way.
  • Taxis

    The number for the main taxi rank outside Bournemouth railway station is +44 (0)1202 556166. In Bridport, we recommend Beeline Taxis (+44 (0)1308 425555); in Dorchester, Pete’s Cabs (+44 (0)1305 251122).