Campsites in Dorset
Home to the popular destinations of Weymouth and Bournemouth, you won’t be short of things to do when camping in Dorset. The Jurassic Coast, wonderful scenery and endless family attractions make Dorset a great camping location. Camping in Dorset offers something for everyone, view our campsites below. Read more.
Surrounded by beautiful countryside and rolling hills, this award winning site boasts a stunning location enabling you to enjoy the best of what Dorset has to offer. The site is very well equipped with an onsite shop, children’s play area, area for ball games, and wonderful coastal walks. Pets are also welcomed to the site, with designated dog walks available.
This award-winning and beautiful campsite lies at the foot of the Purbeck Hills in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is plenty to do onsite and in the surrounding area including fishing, coastal walks and a children’s play area. Corfe Castle village is just a ten-minute walk from the site, while the town houses a Railway Museum and Model Village.
Top site for photography
Top site for photography
Surrounded by stunning countryside in the Heart of Thomas Hardy’s county of Wessex, this campsite is located near the south coast - a perfect base to explore Dorset’s beautiful, family-friendly beaches, downlands and heaths. Onsite children can enjoy a dedicated field for ball games and a play area, while there is plenty to amuse them in the local area too.
Verwood, New Forest
This stunning campsite has an enviable location, close to the seaside resort of Bournemouth, the busy harbour of Poole and the untamed beauty of the New Forest. The New Forest has a fabulous choice of walk and cycle paths, while dog walkers are also catered for with a number of designated dog walks passing through the site.
Site within National Park
Site within National Park
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Things to do: Camping in Dorset
The Jurassic Coast
Dorset is famous, among many other things, for its dramatic Jurassic Coast featuring natural landmarks including Lulworth Cove, Chesil Beach and Durdle Door. This part of Dorset is a magnificent stretch of 200 million-year-old shoreline that has been designated a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its outstanding geological make-up.
The Dinosaur Museum in Dorset makes for a great family day out. See dinosaur skeletons and fossils as well as life-size reconstructions including a T-Rex! The museum offers fun learning and an indoor day out.
We recommend at least one fossil hunting walk whilst you’re camping and plenty of visits to the beach. Some of the best beaches in Dorset include:
- Lulworth Cove
- Durdle Door
- Lyme Regis
- Mudeford Sandbank
Family attractions in Dorset
- Farmer Palmer's Farm Park makes a great day out for the whole family. Get hands-on with some of the farms’ residents by bottle feeding baby goats and handling the guinea pigs. There’s so much to do at the farm including jumping on board the bumpy tractor ride, heading out on a deer safari and navigating the summer maze.
- Monkey World is home to over 250 rescued and endangered primates. Chimpanzees, orangutans, gibbons and many more species call Monkey World home. Attend keeper talks, visit all of the animals, monkey around in the play area and visit the café before having a browse of the gift shop. There is enough here to occupy a full day for all ages.
- Discover the marine life of the Jurassic Coast at the Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium. Get hands-on with some of the fish and sea creatures in the aquarium including starfish, lobsters, crabs and grey mullet.
- Kingston Maurward Animal Park and Gardens puts its efforts into conservation, working with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. Spend a fun-filled day feeding the alpacas, goats, rabbits and many more. There are over 35 acres of formal gardens to explore, you can book a garden tour or explore on your own.
- Sandworld Sculpture Park in Weymouth is like an art gallery with a big difference. See the life-sized works of art created from sand and water and try your hand at creating your own sculpture.
- Watch one of the daily falconry displays at Dorset Falconry Park, home to over 100 birds. Owls, hawks and falcons are all on display at the centre. The fully accessible site has a café.
Other Dorset attractions
- The Cerne Giant is Britain’s largest chalk hill figure. At 180ft tall, the giant can be seen really clearly from the Giant’s View car park but you can also walk up to his feet for a closer look. The giant figure is thought to be around 400 years old and is well worth seeing just to marvel at the size.
- Covering an area of 47 acres, Maiden Castle is the largest Iron Age hill fort in Europe. Iron Age warriors and related articles have been excavated from the site which was once a Roman temple. Dogs on leads are welcome but the surfaces are uneven so please wear suitable footwear.
- The Tank Museum in Bovington showcases armoured warfare from World War One to the present day. See vehicles up close including the first-ever tank or take a ride on an M548 tracked vehicle. The restaurant, café and picnic areas give you space to sit down and refuel while the play area is great for little ones needing to burn off excess energy.
- Once the entrance to the barracks for the Dorsetshire Regiment, The Keep Military Museum in Dorchester houses 4 floors worth of military memorabilia.
- Explore the history of Christchurch from the Ice Age to modern times at the Red House Museum & Gardens. Displays and galleries take you on a journey through the areas past. Kids can enjoy dressing up and getting involved in quizzes. The gardens have plenty of places to explore and the café is great for grabbing something to eat or drink inside or outside.
- Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens is a stunning Victorian walled garden. The unique micro-climate allows for exotic species that you might not have seen before. Dogs on leads are welcome.
- Lulworth Castle & Park offers woodland walks, a children’s play area and plenty of space to explore. Dogs on leads are welcome which means the whole family can go along for a picnic and a lovely stroll. Check out The Castle Tearoom for delicious homemade cakes and cream teas, they also sell small souvenirs.