Discover a selection of 3,500 holiday rentals in Dorset, GB that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo holiday homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including internet/WiFi and pool. Prices start at £ 64 per night, and cottages and houses are popular options for a stay in Dorset. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Head to a Dorset cottage for museums and unique villages

On the southern coast of England, you'll find the Dorset region. Many villages and towns populate the area, and they each have something special to offer. You can spend time on the sandy beaches along the channel or book holiday cottages in the Cotswolds in one of the inner towns for a quiet and relaxing holiday adventure. There are also over 30 museums in the area that cover general and specialist categories. The Tank Museum at Bovington is particularly interesting as it features tanks and armoured vehicles from many more nations than just the UK.

 
History

Explore history near Dorset holiday lettings

Dorset has numerous heritage sites and museums for a glimpse into its fascinating history. Holiday homes are available near intriguing places like Corfe Castle, a millennia-old royal castle with ruins and panoramic vistas, and the Tank Museum, a large museum with tanks and interactive activities. You could also visit the Portland Bill Lighthouse, a historic lighthouse and keeper’s quarters with a visitor centre dedicated to maritime history.

Things to do

Places to go near Dorset holiday homes

Dorset holiday rentals aren't hailed as some of the UK's most family-friendly-stays for nothing. Between ice creams at the seaside and fossil hunting sessions, be sure to fit in a trip to the rip-roaring Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester. You'll be greeted by a wide-mouthed T. rex and oodles of prehistoric finds. The Jurassic Skyline is another one to take the breath away. It soars above the coast in Weymouth, offering 360-degree panoramas of the primeval cliffs. And then there's Lulworth Castle, where re-enactment shows and medieval history abounds.

Activities

Things to do near Dorset holiday homes

Dorset is tailor-made for adventurers. With its chalk hills and the rolling Dorset Downs, the county has large swathes of protected landscapes ripe for walkers and bikers and horse riders. You can lace up the boots and hit old bridle trails, sometimes spotting haunting shells of Norman castles, sometimes dropping into rustic towns where tearooms and hearty alehouses await. The shoreline is for the fossil hunters – the rugged rocks of the Jurassic Coast can't be beaten for that. And it's for the sailors, sea kayakers, swimmers and sandcastle builders, too.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Dorset holiday homes

It might be perched on the South Coast, enjoying some of the warmest weather in the whole of the UK, but Dorset is still in England. That's worth remembering if you're thinking about booking your Dorset holiday rentals for the winter months between November and March – there are hefty downpours and lashing storms aplenty then. Spring, in May, and summer, from June to September, are the favourite periods. They're when folk come with their swimming gear and hiking boots to catch the warmest seas and best sun.

Natural features

Dorset is Hardy country

The landscapes of Dorset are romantic and green, and it's easy to see why Thomas Hardy was inspired by them. Great swathes of the county are covered by Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In the south, that means the Dorset AONB, where the ridgeway walking routes weave over the Jurassic Coast, past fossil-spotted beaches and wave-lashed coves. That soon rises to the Yeovil Scarplands and the wooded valleys further north, eventually joining with the chalk ridges of Cranborne Chase, the gateway to rural England with its downs and Iron Age fortresses.

How many holiday rentals are available around Dorset?

Our 2022 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,576 holiday lettings around Dorset. From 1,559 cottages to 2,374 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Dorset?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Dorset. From Vrbo UK travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Swanage: 1,010 holiday homes
  • Weymouth: 836 holiday homes
  • Bridport: 614 holiday homes
  • Wareham: 819 holiday homes
  • Portland: 528 holiday homes

Vrbo UK offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Dorset! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Dorset?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Dorset with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Swanage: 1,010 holiday lettings
  • Weymouth: 836 holiday lettings
  • Bridport: 614 holiday lettings
  • Wareham: 819 holiday lettings
  • Portland: 528 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Dorset?

Vrbo UK offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Dorset. From Vrbo UK travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Durdle Door: 1,464 holiday rentals
  • Weymouth Marina: 999 holiday rentals
  • Brownsea Island: 1,523 holiday rentals
  • Corfe Castle: 1,707 holiday rentals
  • Warmwell Holiday Park Ski Slope: 1,482 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Dorset listed on Vrbo UK where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

Explore destinations around Dorset

Swanage
1,010 holiday rentals
Weymouth
836 holiday rentals
Bridport
614 holiday rentals
Wareham
819 holiday rentals
Portland
528 holiday rentals
Wimborne
1,131 holiday rentals
Dorchester
611 holiday rentals
Beaminster
838 holiday rentals
Sherborne
180 holiday rentals
Shaftesbury
141 holiday rentals
Gillingham
195 holiday rentals
Ferndown
916 holiday rentals
Verwood
772 holiday rentals
Blandford Forum
174 holiday rentals
Sturminster Newton
232 holiday rentals
East Stour
152 holiday rentals
Silton
136 holiday rentals