Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens

Anchor Inn at Seatown in Dorset

The Elm Tree pub at Langton Herring

Sunken Lane near New Milton

Abbotsbury Swannery

Burton Bradstock Village Green

Burton Bradstock Church on a Frosty Morning


Bridge House Hotel Bridport

Bridport West Street

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Jurassic Cliffs near Burton Bradstock

Chesil Beach

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Fishing on Chesil Beach

Eggardon Hill

Woodland Walk near Charmouth

St. Catherine's Chapel at Abbotsbury

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Powerstock Church

West Bay

Kiosks at West Bay

Great Food from West Dorset!

Southwest Coastal Path

Hive Beach

Powerstock Village

Stormy Sea - Hive Beach

West Dorset Food

Colmer's Hill near Bridport

West Bay Shellfish

West Bay

Thomas Hardy Countryside

Beaminster Town Square

View from the top of Golden Cap

Village of Morcombelake

Fishing on West Bexington beach

Crafts & Design Centre and restaurant at Broadwindsor


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The Top Destinations of Dorset’s Golden Coast

The Golden Coast of Dorset comprises the 28 mile or so stretch of coastline from the quaint town of Lyme Regis to the seaside town of Weymouth.

Named as such because of the generous amount of sunshine that this area receives during the Summer months, the towns and villages that line this piece of coastline are renowned for their rural charm.

Are you thinking of making a trip to the Golden Coast to see what all the fuss is about? Why not have a look at the major destinations that you’ll have to check out whilst you’re in the area:

Lyme Regis

Of all the places to start your exploration of the Golden Coast, Lyme Regis is by far the most popular with tourists. Thousands of visitors each year flock to the town of Lyme Regis to try their luck looking for fossils. Situated in the heart of the Jurassic Coast, its a popular destination for amateur palaeontologists and guarantees to keep wannabe-archaeologists busy scurrying around in the sand for a good day or two.


There’s not enough to really see in Seatown to recommend visiting their for any longer than a couple of days. However, what the small ex-fishing village does have to offer is an incredible amount of isolation and peace. The best way to enjoy this area is to book out a cottage, bring a whole load of supplies with you and spend a weekend walking around the local area. Return home to your cottage for a dinner and some drinks – perfect.


Arguably one of the biggest towns on the Golden Coast, the market town of Bridport is home to over 13,000 people. This is a bustling town that provides rural warmth and charm in abundance. Unlike the smaller villages and towns that you’ll find along the coast, Bridport is positively bursting at the seams with thing to do and see. Come here to experience a truly welcoming rural lifestyle.


Undoubtedly one of the biggest tourist destinations in Dorset, Weymouth is also a well populated town unto itself with over 52,000 lucky citizens living there. Besides being another great place to look for fossils, there’s also an active sailing community. When the London 2012 Olympics were taking place, Weymouth hosted the Sailing events, putting the town well and truly on the International stage.


Set further into mainland Dorset, Dorchester is a thriving county town of around 20,000 that is home to a number of tourist attractions that demand to be visited if you’re in the area. In addition to the Dinosaur Museum, a museum collecting dozens of fossils, you can also visit a Teddy Bear Museum as well as the Tutankhamun Exhibition.

Dorset's Golden Coast is part of an entire network of sites based around the best tourist areas in Britain. Be sure to drop by Visit North Wales as well.