One of the very best things about taking a holiday in the UK is enjoying all the free days out that this country has to offer. From museums to beaches and historic ruins, a holiday in Dorset needn’t cost the earth, in fact, parts of it needn’t cost anything at all!

With our self-catered seaside cottages in Dorset, you can prepare fresh food at home and head out for an adventure in wonderful, cultural Dorset. Here’s some of our ideas for a fantastic free day out:

Enjoy Dorset’s world class beaches

Dorset’s legendary coastline is home to a multitude of gorgeous beaches, including some ranked amongst the very best in the world. Best of all though? They’re entirely free.

From the spectacular sheltered pebble beach of Lulworth Cove to the arcing golden sands of Weymouth beach, there’s a type of beach for everybody. Pack a picnic, a towel and some sun cream and get ready for a day out to remember.

Take a walk around the great Dorset cities and towns

Dorset might not be the first place that comes to mind when it comes to stunning cities and towns, but that’ll all change when you see what the county has to offer.

From the classic seaside vibes of Weymouth to the historic charm of Christchurch, Lyme Regis and Dorchester, you’ll find that the towns and cities of Dorset are quite wonderful. Whether you head down to Poole, Bridport, Bournemouth or Sherborne, you’ll discover that you can spend a fantastic free day out.

Take in some local history

It’s almost impossible to take a step in Dorset without standing on historic ground, so why not enjoy those incredible historic sites with a trip out?

From the likes of the wonderful Maiden Castle (one of the largest Iron Age forts in Europe) to Sherborne Old Castle, Sherborne Abbey, St Catherine’s Chapel or Cerne Abbas Giant, there are so many free architectural and historical delights you can see for free, we can’t recommend getting in the car and heading out to one of these wonderful sites.

Catch your own dinner

Dorset is famed for its fish, so why not catch your own? Bring your rod on holiday and get settled down for a great day casting the line. Free fishing locations in Dorset include the River Frome from Wareham, Hamworthy Lake in Poole, and bankside fishing of the River Stour in Throop, near Dorset. Alternatively, if you don’t fancy the drive, Lyme Regis has a huge range of fishing trips right on the coast! Just head down to the seafront and you’ll see plenty advertised.

You’ll be amazed by the range of fish you can catch – it’s the perfect way to spend a day.