5 things to do in and around Dorset in 48 hours

Looking for a jam packed weekend and not sure what to do? Why not head to Dorset and spend some time checking out our top five activities and attractions to experience in and around the Dorset area.

For those inspired by history check out Corfe Castle

You can’t get to Swanage without going past Corfe Castle and the beautiful village that surrounds it. It’s impossible to miss it as it sits high above the village dominating the skyline. Full of history, the Castle was built in the era of William the Conqueror and has stood for 1000 years. It was the first castle to be built entirely from stone and has seen its fare share of battles and drama. We’d suggest that the best time to go is around 4pm, about 2 hours before it closes. That way there are fewer tourists around so you can appreciate the stunning castle amongst the golden hour – when on a sunny clear day the light hits the castle creating beautiful colours and shadows. You can finish by taking a walk through the beautiful village, grab and ice cream or cream tea and soak up the atmosphere.

Cost: 10.50 adult (with gift aid) or free if you are part of the National Trust

Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle

Website: https://corfe-castle.co.uk/

Coastal walks to Old Harry rocks

If you’re looking for a nice way to spend an afternoon then there isn’t much better than talking a walk to Old Harry Rocks. Breathtaking views of the Jurassic coast and unique rock formations await you on this circular pub walk. The easy route only takes between 1-2 hours to complete, so is perfect for a morning or afternoon activity. It is also dog friendly, so your four legged friends can come along for the micro-adventure.

Cost: Free! (parking fees may apply)

Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/purbeck-countryside/trails/old-harry-rocks-walk

Further afield at Durdle door and Lulworth Cove

Two other great landscapes to check out are the stunning areas of the world famous geological wonder that is Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, which are about a 35 minute drive from the Swanage area. Beware as car parking prices can be high and it gets very busy so bring plenty of loose change! Again we would recommend either coming early in the morning or later in the afternoon when it will be quieter so you can experience great sunsets with that golden hour sun, great for capturing photos.

Durdle Door

Cost: Durdle Door car park £4 for 2 hours

Website: https://www.visit-dorset.com/things-to-do/durdle-door-p1262763

Lulworth Cove

Cost: N/A

Website: http://www.lulworthonline.co.uk/

Monkeying around in Monkey World

Made famous by its TV series Monkey Life and with its 10th series currently in production it is still going strong! All of the primates whether great or small (over 250 animals in total) have been rescued and rehabilitated by a great team and have been given a new chance at life in Monkey World. You can see everything from Chimpanzees, Orangutans, Gibbons, Marmosets and more. Educational talks are held throughout the day and it is a great day out for all of the family.

Cost: Varies depending on group, family etc

Website: http://monkeyworld.org/

For those looking for adventure check out Land and Wave expeditions

Land and Wave are an outdoor adventure company that specialise in outdoor activities for both adults and families. If you are looking to try something new, whether that is paddleboarding, coasteering, axe throwing or want to have an ultimate stag or hen do, there is something here for everyone!

Cost: Varies depending on activity

Website: http://landandwave.co.uk/