Campsites in Dorset

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The Best Campsites in Dorset

Campsites in Dorset are like jewels in a countryside crown, with heaps of excellent camping options to be found. Dorset is a county of contrasts, offering the best of countryside, coastline, ancient ruins and family attractions all in one. Home to the famous Jurassic Coast, with its craggy rocks and steep cliffs, you’ll find plenty of campsites that capitalize on the good views or the shelter of pebbled bays. Seaside campsites aren't hard to come by and there are some excellent campsites within walking distance of the beach, while, away from the seaside and beaches, camping in the countryside offers ample opportunities too. Across Dorset there is a good selection of campsites for tent camping, campervans and caravans, while glamping in Dorset is also growing in popularity – you can now leave your tent at home and spend your night in a yurt, shepherd's hut or gypsy caravan instead. As always, we at Cool Camping have bypassed the big commercial holiday parks and plucked only for the very best campsites in Dorset for our collection. Browse our favourite Dorset campsites now and book your next adventure online today.

Dig deep into Dorset history:

Dorset is rich in history with its traditional and mythical nature. Though tourism around Dorset has increased over the years, the regions heritage remains pure and protected thanks to charities such as the National Trust, English Heritage and places such as the Jurassic Coast receiving World Heritage Status. Dorset remains rural through and through with much of its heritage respecting lost legends. From Thomas Hardy’s birthplace and tiny cottage, this inspired his passionate novels, such as Far From the Madding Crowd, to Sherbrone New Castle, which was once the home of Sir Walter Raleigh there are sights and sounds of the past galore. Step even further back, to the Iron Age and experience Maiden Castle, one of Europeans greatest hillforts or simply walk the coastal path and take in the geology of Dorset, as old as time itself.

Seaside Campsites in Dorset

If you're looking for a campsite near the beach in Dorset then you needn't fret. While much of the coastline is thankfully protected from development, small-scale campsites and farm meadows still offer ample opportunities for you to park up your campervan or pitch your tent within strolling distance of the sand. So, whether you're after a traditional camping spot a stone's throw from Durdle Door or you want to have a family gathering overlooking the Isle of Portland, there'll be a campsite to suit your needs. Some campsites are around for summer only – pop-up campsites that farms run during the school summer holidays but graze during the rest of the year, while other campsites are open all year round. So, come rain or shine, you can always enjoy a camping holiday in Dorset.

Family-friendly Campsites in Dorset

While history lovers flock to the Jurassic Coast for their chance to find ancient fossils and geologists marvel at the stones of Chesil Beach, it's families that really rule the roost here during summer time. Dorset has long been one of the most popular holiday locations in the UK, easily reached from much of the country and offering the ideal blend of seaside, countryside and (reasonably) reliable weather. The easy-going mix of ice-cream stalls, family-friendly restaurants and pubs that welcome muddy boots, muddy dogs and muddy children, makes the county a rightfully top spot for families and, thankfully, there are plenty of great campsites to boot. Lots of campsites know their audience well and specifically cater to families with the likes of family-sized washrooms, baby changing facilities and cheap rates for children. Whatever you're after, use the filters on our website to narrow your searches down to the kind of campsite that's right for you. Then pick a campsite and book your next family adventure!

Glamping in Dorset

Looking for luxury? Don't own a tent? Or simply don't fancy the faff of loading up the car and going on a camping holiday? Dorset is home to one of the very first glamping locations in the UK and has long been ahead of the game when it comes to offering luxury in the great outdoors. From bell tents in the summer to cosy shepherd's huts hidden among the trees during the autumn and winter months, there is something here for everyone. Some glamping sites will have the works – hot tubs, activities, bottles of bubbly and freshly cooked meals – while other locations will simply offer comfortable off-grid accommodation that saves you the time of bringing your own tent along. Whatever you look for in a glamping holiday, Dorset is the place to go!

Top 5 Things to When Camping in Dorset:

Discover five great things to do in Dorset with our handy blog and get packing for your holiday on England's south coast. You'll need some good walking shoes if you fancy roaming the miles of footpaths or bring your bucket and spade if your heading to the beach. Here are just a few more ideas of things to do...
  1. Picnic at Lulworth Cove and marvel at Durdle door’s iconic arch
  2. Have an ice cream on Bournemouth beach
  3. Take a walk along the South West Coast path
  4. Visit Thomas Hardy’s birthplace 
  5. Breathe in Dorset’s history at Maiden Castle

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