Dorset is situated on the South Coast of England, UK and is considerably more accessible than its neighbours Devon and Cornwall. The east of Dorset can be reached within 2 hours drive from the M25 and the home counties making it an ideal destination for a short break or weekend getaway. The west of Dorset is wonderfully accessible from northern destinations and Wales as it is very well served by the M5 from Bristol.
As you will see below there are many ways to access our beautiful county and there’s much to do with or without a car as the county is well served by local bus networks.
Dorset is a very accessible county to reach by car from all areas on the country, it’s also a fabulous county for motorbike riders with a long winding coastal road that runs between Weymouth and Bridport.
From the east Dorset is primarily reached by the M3 and M27 and journey times from the M25 and the home counties are in the region of 2 – 2.5 hours, making the county a far more accessible option than journeying on to Devon and Cornwall.
The west of Dorset is well served by the M5 from Bristol making it an ideal destination for travellers from the North and Wales. Once you’re here you can embrace our leisurely pace of life as there’s not a single motorway in the whole of Dorset!
Dorset is well served by domestic and European flights with airports situated nearby in Southampton, Bournemouth and Exeter.
For a car free holiday then we highly recommend Southampton Airport as it is directly opposite the train station… more details about trains found below.
Bournemouth Airport is the closest airport to most of our self catering holiday cottages, there are car hire facilities on site. Bournemouth is a popular seaside town and 40 minutes or less drive to over half of our holiday cottages.
Exeter airport also has car hire facilities and is more convenient if visiting a cottage in the west of Dorset.
South West trains from London Waterloo stop at Wareham, Wool, Dorchester, Upwey and Weymouth; all of which are close to many of our holiday cottages. Times from London are around 2.5 hours. Regular bus services run from Wareham, Dorchester and Weymouth providing easy access to most coastal villages.
First Great Western Trains have a service than runs from Bristol and stops in Dorchester, Upwey and Weymouth.
A popular choice with our guests is to take the train and arrange for a supermarket delivery to their cottage, ensuring a relaxing car free holiday walking the South West Coast Path.
Naturally as a coastal county Dorset is very well served by ferries allowing our European and guests from the Channel Islands a fantastically convenient option for travelling to Dorset.
Condor Ferries offer services to Poole, an ideal port for accessing the whole of Dorset.
Southampton is the largest ferry port on the south coast and and has arrivals from various European points of origin.
A public transport ferry service along the Jurassic Coast has been mooted for several years and looks to become a reality in the near future!