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Destination: Dorset
Family Holidays, Family Friendly Hotels & Things to do with Kids in Dorset



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A stunning county with breathtaking countryside, 95 miles of Jurassic Coastline and numerous blue flag sandy beaches, and shallow waters making it perfect for families with younger children.

There are stacks of things to do for all the family from exploring ancient sites, cove hopping and fossil hunting. The more active who enjoy the great outdoors, will enjoy the stunning coastal walks, mountain biking, or even some seal-spotting and bird watching! Dorset has plenty of family friendly accommodation from hotels, holiday parks and self catering suiting all tastes and budgets, particularly in the popular resorts of Bournemouth, Lyme Regis, Poole, Swanage and Weymouth.


Things to Do in Dorset with Kids

Don’t miss a day out at Monkey World in Wareham. Set up in 1987 to provide a permanent, stable home for abused Spanish chimps. The park is imaginatively laid out, with picnic areas, a woodland walk, and a lot of monkey and ape antics to be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. See the stars of TV’s ‘‘Monkey Life’, then ‘monkey around’ in the south’s largest play area. Younger ones are also catered for with a soft play area in the Treetops Café. More details...

Farmer Palmers Farm Park is ideal place for children under 8 years of age. At this working farm, children can get to feed the animals, ride a tractor, jump on haystacks and take to the slides! There is also a soft play area. Many of the attractions are uncover, so a fun–filled day is still possible whatever the weather! More details...

Get your bucket and spades and head to Bournemouth award winning seven mile long beach. On a clear day you can see the Needles on the Isle of Wight, and Old Harry's Rocks over in the Purbecks. There is plenty of entertainment for families around Bournemouth Pier. The beach tends to get very busy at weekends during the summer months.

The village of Corfe Castle, dominated by the ruined castle, is a visitors delight, at any time of year. Older children will enjoy exploring the castle with its fallen walls and secret places whilst the younger ones may enjoy the Model Village which depicts the Castle and village as it was in 1646. The Swanage Railway operates a steam train service to Corfe Castle


Family Friendly Hotels in Dorset


budget family hotels Premier Inn Bournemouth Central has a lavish restaurant, lounge and bar, and some of its rooms have sea views. Some rooms at Premier Inn can take 2 adults and up to 2 children (under 16 years). The 2 children also get a free full breakfast when accompanied by an adult eating a full breakfast. More details...

budget family hotelsB+B Weymouth has a great location, just feet from the beach and only a short walk into the centre of town. The light and airy guest lounge has stunning sea views, with free tea and fresh coffee available 24 hours a day. Daily newspapers and a library of books and DVDs also available. More details...

luxury family hotels The Chine Hotel is an ultra family friendly hotel is believed by many to be Bournemouth's best-kept secret! This hotel is a true oasis of comfort and relaxation just 2 minute walk from miles of golden sandy beaches. The hotel offers our little one, high tea, pools, indoor soft play area, baby listening service and children’s entertainment club throughout the school holidays. More details...

luxury family hotelsSandbanks Hotel provides excellent facilities for families, and during school holidays, the hotel also offers children/teens entertainment, and their own restaurant so you can get some time to yourself! This modern hotel provides spectacular views over the famous Sandbanks and direct access to a Blue Flag beach. Family rooms include 2 children in the rate. More details...

luxury family hotelsMoonfleet Manor is a truly family-friendly hotel in the most beautiful part of Dorset. Located Weymouth overlooking Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon. This elegant Georgian manor hotel has everything on hand for a relaxing family stay. The crèche is open all year round and is complimentary to residents. It provides a safe haven where smaller children can be left to enjoy themselves in professional care. There is also an outdoor play area with a sandpit, climbing frame, slide and swings. More details...


Family Friendly Holiday Parks in Dorset

Sandhills is located a short distance to Bournemouth. It is a smaller, more leisurely park with a lively entertainment programme at weekends so it’s perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Ideal for families with children over 5. More details...


Family Friendly Self-Catering in Dorset

Self catering accommodation is a great means of exploring the country at an affordable price. Hoseasons offer a fantastic selection of cottages from stunning, ivy adorned homes, to contemporary designed cottages, whilst Blue Chip Vacations offer a selection of well located luxury self catering properties.

Responsible Travel offer eco friendly self catering accommodation. Click here for further information.
 

Sealife Weymouth


The biggest SEA LIFE park in the UK, an amazing family day out in Dorset. Learn about our oceans and interact with our creatures



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Haynes International Motor Museum


UK's largest exhibition of the greatest cars from around the world. A living and working museum, with over 400 amazing cars and bikes



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The Tank Museum

The Tank Museum



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At The Tank Museum is the history of tanks and tank crew brought back to life…Supported by the world’s best collection of tanks & action packed live displays.



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BEST WESTERN Hotel Rembrandt

  
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Situated 4 miles from Magic Waters Water Park, this Rockford, Illinois hotel offers free transfers within 5 miles, an on-site restaurant, and an indoor pool. Every room features a flat-screen cable TV with HBO. A microwave, fridge, and tea and coffee-making facilities are included in the contemporary rooms at Holiday Inn Rockford. Free Wi-Fi and a deskare also available. Select rooms offer a sofa bed. Guests can work out in the fitness centre or relax in the hot tub. A business centre is on site More details

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The Queens Arms

  
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Corton Denham 
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The Queens Arms

Less than 20 minutes’ drive from Doncaster, this converted barn dates back to the 18th century and has a private garden and tranquil surroundings. There is free Wi-Fi throughout and free parking on site. Guests at Home Farm & Lodge can enjoy a take-away service from the nearby Ship Inn, with a range of grilled meat and traditional favourites featuring on the menu. Each room is elegant and traditionally furnished, with a flat-screen TV and an en suite bathroom with free toiletries. Other benefits More details

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The Anvil Inn

  
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Salisbury Road, Pimperne, 
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The Anvil Inn

Located in North Ocean City, this Oceanside hotel is less than 5 minutes’ walk to the beach. Guests at the Coastal Palms Inn and Suites can enjoy crab cakes and other seafood options at the on-site restaurant Crabcake Factory U.S.A. The rooms include a flat-screen TV, refrigerator and seating area with a sofa bed. Some rooms also feature a balcony with views of the ocean. Guests at the Coastal Palms can swim in the outdoor pool or access free Wi-Fi. Fishing and kayaking at Fenwick Island State More details

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Best Western The Royal Chase Hotel

  
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Best Western The Royal Chase Hotel

Located right next to the Ilz-Fürstenfeld exit of the A2 motorway, ProRast Ilz offers you en-suite rooms with free Wi-Fi and Styrian cuisine. Free internet terminals, a supermarket, a petrol station and a spa area are located on site. Each room at ProRast Ilz is equipped with a refrigerator, a TV and a private bathroom including a hairdryer. The spa area includes a sauna, a sun bed and a relaxation room. Fitness facilities can be used free of charge. There is also a laundry room and an ATM machine More details

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South Lawn Hotel ‘A Bespoke Hotel’

  
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South Lawn Hotel ‘A Bespoke Hotel’

Full service RV stalls with plug-ins for cars are available at this motel. Rooms feature cable TV and free Wi-Fi. Whitney Lakes Provincial Park is 30 minutes’ drive away. The simply furnished rooms at Elk Point Motel and RV Park feature a microwave, small fridge, and coffee and tea-making facilities. A seating area and ironing facilities are provided. An 18-hole mini golf course is on site at this family friendly motel. A picnic area and barbecue facilities are also available. Laundry service More details

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The Sun Inn

  
26 King Street 
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The Sun Inn

Located directly across from Avery Beach, this Huntsville, Ontario hotel offers simply furnished rooms with free Wi-Fi and serves a daily continental breakfast. The Algonquin Theatre is 2 minutes’ drive away. A mounted flat-screen TV, a microwave and a refrigerator are included in all rooms at Econolodge Huntsville. Each air conditioned guest room offers a desk and ironing facilities. 24-reception is available at Huntsville Econolodge. Fax and photocopying services are offered on site. Huntsville More details

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Devonshire Arms

  
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Providing both free Wi-Fi and free wired internet in rooms, Mingtien Inn is a short 5-minute drive from Changan Bus Terminal, Changan Park and Changan Square. Mingtien Coffee Shop serves buffet meals and Western food. Luggage storage is available at the 24-hour front desk. Fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows, all rooms feature a TV, carpeted flooring and tea/coffee making facilities. En suite bathrooms have a shower and free toiletries. Mingtien Inn is a 10-minute drive from Changan Lianhua Mountain. More details

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Fairwater Head Hotel

  
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Fairwater Head Hotel

Just 100 metres from the seaside of Perdika, Venetia features air-conditioned studios with a furnished balcony overlooking the garden or the Saronic Gulf. It features a seafront tavern serving fresh lobster 50 metres from the property. Featuring a kitchenette with cooking hobs, electric kettle and fridge, all units at the Venetia Studios have a dining area. Each includes a TV. Staff at the 24-hour front desk can offer information on Aegina Town and port at 10 km. Free private parking is possible More details

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Halfway House Inn Country Lodge

  
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Sherborne Hotel

  
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The Jabberwock Guesthouse is located on 10 acres of private forest, just 15 minutes’ drive from the Mohawk Racetrack and Casino. Guests will enjoy a full breakfast during their stay. Satellite TV is featured in each classically decorated room of this Milton bed and breakfast. Some rooms have a spa bath and a fireplace for added comfort. An outdoor hot tub and saltwater pool are available on site at the Jabberwock Guesthouse. Guests will also have access to a launderette and free wired internet More details

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