Campsites in Dorset

From orchards and river valleys to the epic Jurassic Coast, Dorset is made for camping.

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12 top campsites in Dorset

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Sweet Hill Farm

10 units · Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Dorset, South West England
Simple, almost-wild, seaside camping on the Isle of Portland
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Brig's Farm

21 units · Glamping, Tents1 acre · Bridport, Dorset, South West England
Family camping with campfires near Charmouth, with sea views and a couple of quirky glamping lorries
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Southover Woods and Camping

15 units · Glamping, Tents60 acres · Dorset, South West England
Nearly wild camping in a vast Dorset woodland
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Bincombe Bumps Camping

99 units · Motorhomes, Tents20 acres · Weymouth, Dorset, South West England
View-tastic camping overlooking Weymouth and the Jurassic Coast, with campfires, good food, and occasional music.
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The Blue Pool

8 units · Glamping5 acres · Wareham, England
Treehouses on the edge of Dorset’s Blue Pool
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£185
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Cider Farm Orchard Campsite

14 units · Tents20 acres · Dorset, South West England
Adult-only camping amid the apple blossom of an award-winning cider orchard
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Coppet Hill

18 units · Glamping, Tents600 acres · Bridport, England
Wildlife-friendly camping and glamping with private loos at each pitch, 15 minutes' drive from the coast
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Charisworth Farm

28 units · Glamping, Tents8 acres · Dorset, South West England
A spacious campsite in a traditional parkland setting, with campfires allowed and farm animals to meet
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Misty Meadows Camp

19 units · Glamping10 acres · Dorchester, England
Misty Meadows is a lovely rural pop up campsite open for August only. There is a small lake and a shallow meandering river which you can paddle in. We have flush toilets and home made rustic showers with hot water. There are 20 unfurnished bell tents to hire and also plenty of space to pitch your
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Bridgewood Camping

3 units · Glamping, Tents6 acres · Sherborne, England
We have 6 acres of woodland with pitches spaced out, some can become adjoining pitches for friends wanting to pitch close. You can nestle in the trees with a hammock, bivy or tent. Have a firepit and surround yourself in nature. Just off a main road means you can venture to town or endless countryside. Pitch... (2 Adults, 1 tent, 1 Car)... £30.00/night Additional Adult (17yrs+) .......... £15.00/night Additional Young Person (2-16yrs) ... £10.00/night Additional Young Person (0-1yr) ... £5.00/night *well be-haved, leashed Dogs ... £10.00/night Additional CAR .... £5.00 Each pitch has concrete slabs for firepit siting. Free use of 1 firepit per pitch when purchasing logs/kindling from us. Log trug £5.00 and kindling £1.50 per bundle. WE DO NOT ALLOW WOOD OR KINDLING FROM OTHER SOURCES TO BE BROUGHT OR USED IN OUR WOODLAND - because of the risk of disease or pests being introduced into our environment from an unknown source may harm/kill or be detrimental to our Ancient Woodland. We provide rubbish bins, trolleys for you to convey your equipment to our designated pitches, loo roll in our loo huts, sun (solar) heated shower bags, mains water stand pipe and the fresh air in which to unwind. Our aim is to provide somewhere rather than a traditional field for camping, with as much as possible to spend time OFF-GRID and promote a 'LEAVE NO TRACE' ethos! If you want a quiet break with time for reflection, flora and fauna, wildlife and an appreciation of your surroundings our woodland is for you, however, if you prefer modern day luxuries and are put off by slightly inclement weather carefully consider all the above! We will aim to help where we can and very much look forward to Welcoming you for your stay. Thank you.
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Flowerdew Farm

10 units · Glamping, Tents2 acres · Bridport, Dorset, South West England
Flowerdew Farm is a eco friendly two acre working alpaca and goat smallholding, glamping and camping site. Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty on West Dorset’s stunning Jurassic coast, surrounded by stunning views. Perfect for those that want to experience sleeping next to our alpacas and goats; go explore the beautiful Dorset beaches; of for those that want to adventure off on a hike. We also offer animal experiences for those that want to meet our animals.
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Camp Hartland

50 units · Tents6 acres · Wareham, Dorset, South West England
Traditional camping on the Isle of Purbeck with campfires allowed and a pub next door
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Campsites in Dorset guide

Overview

Dorset is a county of contrast, from the cliffs of the Jurassic Coast that protect sandy beaches like Charmouth and sheltered bays like Lulworth Cove, to the inland patchwork of farmland and countryside immortalised in the novels of Thomas Hardy. All combine to make it one of the best places to go camping in the UK. You might camp along the sea close to charming resort towns like Lyme Regis or Bournemouth, or choose to pitch inland near Hardy-related heritage sites at Dorchester. New Forest National Park is close by, too. Wherever you pitch your tent, everything seems to be in easy reach. The history of Lyme Regis, Cerne Abbas, Dorchester, and Swanage are all just a drive (or steam train journey) away, while the beaches give way to some of the most majestic countryside in all of England, folding back into the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Where to go

Jurassic Coast

Dorset’s biggest draw is this UNESCO-designated shoreline, rimming the county from Studland Bay near Bournemouth to Lyme Regis, then continuing into East Devon. Between the sand and pebble beaches, epic cliffs, internationally important fossils, and mad coastal formations are a slew of seaside resorts like Swanage and Weymouth, plus smaller charming villages like Charmouth. The coast is peppered by campsites small and large—heading east from Weymouth around toward Lulworth Cove is a happy hunting ground.

Cranborne Chase

Spilling over East Dorset, West Hampshire, and Wiltshire, Cranborne Chase is a big green swaddle of chalky downland and woods forming part of the Cranborne Chase & Wiltshire Downs AONB. It’s a fine place for archaeology lovers, with myriad Iron Age and Bronze Age sites awaiting discovery, and is noted for the diversity of its wildflower walks. Good camping can be found between the southeast side of the uplands and Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve.

Cerne Abbas & Around

There are many charming Dorset villages, but few can compare to the quirky allure of Cerne Abbas, which sits below a chalky hillside decorated by one of the largest hill figures (historic human-made etchings) in the UK. Hit the village pub and tearooms, or walk the long-distance Wessex Ridgeway trail nearby. Camping beckons at Giant’s Head, northeast of Cerne Abbas and connected to the Cerne Abbas Giant by footpath.

New Forest National Park

The largest expanse of unimproved land in lowland Britain, this montage of ancient woodland and low heath entices outdoor lovers from across Southern England. Come for forest walks among some of the UK’s most epic trees, where you’re likely to spot animals such as red deer and goshawks in what was a former royal hunting ground since the days of William the Conqueror. Several interesting campsites sit around heart-of-the-forest destinations like Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst.

Dig deep into Dorset history

Dorset is rich in history, and its heritage remains protected thanks to the National Trust, English Heritage, and UNESCO, which have recognised some of the region’s most special places. The jewel in Dorset’s crown, of course, is the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site where fossil finds and rocks have documented a staggering 185 million years of history. On a camping holiday in Dorset today, fossil hunting on the beach makes for a great day out—try Kimmeridge Bay and Charmouth, or a simple walk along Dorset’s coastal paths.

The Dorset countryside also lays claim to some historic sites that tell of its rich past. From Thomas Hardy’s birthplace, a tiny cottage in the rural countryside, to Sherborne New Castle, once the home of Sir Walter Raleigh, there are sights and sounds of the past galore. Visit the enchanting ruins of Corfe Castle, or step back even further to the Iron Age and explore the site of Maiden Castle, one of Europe’s greatest hillforts.

Kid-free camping in Dorset

While the summer holidays might attract families in large numbers, Dorset also offers some tucked away retreats just for grown-ups. Adults-only camping sites can offer quiet getaways, whether you visit in the low season or the height of summer. And with so many historic attractions, charming rural villages, and seaside resorts, there’s plenty to do without the kids in tow, whether you’re camping on your own, as a couple, or with friends. If you’re unrestricted by school holidays, you can often find last-minute stays, great-value deals, and a quieter site too—all advantages of adult-only camping. If it’s romantic camping you’re after, the same rules apply: quieter times and more secluded spots tend to make for a more romantic atmosphere. With candlelight, campfires, and time together away from the stresses of work, chores, and children, camping makes for an ideal romantic break.

Top 10 things to do in Dorset

If you’re looking for inspiration for your camping holiday, we’ve got you covered.

  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.
  6. Go fossil hunting at Kimmeridge Bay or Charmouth.
  7. Walk out on the Cobb harbour wall at Lyme Regis.
  8. Swim in the sea and build sandcastles on the beach.
  9. Watch wildlife in the Dorset countryside or at RSPB Arne.
  10. Feast on local produce from farm shops or farmers’ markets.

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