10 Historic Towns and Villages to Visit in Dorset

Whether you live in Weymouth or are staying here for a short time, here’s a list of historic towns and villages you can also visit during the day before heading back down for dinner at one of our fantastic restaurants.


Abbotsbury is a village that really does give you the feel of Dorset. With a swannery and children’s farm (which also made our 10 Things to do Within and Hour of Weymouth blog) and a chapel at the top of the village hill which holds extraordinary views, there is plenty to do.

Abbotsbury is approximately 30 minutes away from Weymouth. Visit our Bus Routes page for information on the Jurassic Coaster buses that will drop you on the doorstep of the village.



A town that was rebuilt in the 18th century as a result of a fire, Blandford packs plenty of history and is a lovely example of Georgian architecture. Blandford’s own museum is a place to visit which tells the history of the town, with plenty of places to grab a light lunch and independent shops too.

The journey is approximately 40 minutes. First Bus Group are introducing a bus service to Blandford starting Monday 24th July. More information at the Bus Routes page.



Bridport is a small, relaxing town that has history since the year of 1086. The market town also has a museum, surrounded by independent shops and plenty of places to enjoy a spot of lunch. Remember not to fill up too much as we have a fantastic selection of restaurants to fill your hunger at dinner time when you return!

The journey is approximately 40 minutes, where you can catch a bus to Bridport, where you can embrace the Jurassic Coast on the way.



Corfe Castle is a popular village due to the historical castle overlooking the village. A castle built as early as 6000BCE, the astonishing remains are still there to be seen.

Approximately a 50 minute drive from Weymouth, you can also catch the train from Weymouth to Wareham, where you can hop on a bus to Corfe Castle.

Corfe castle


An extremely popular and fantastic looking village demonstrates the heart of Dorset. Being the most photogenic location in Dorset, as discussed on our blog, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are certainly landmarks that you don’t want to miss out on. Take a trip up, visit the landmarks, capture some iconic memories before heading back to Weymouth.

Lulworth is just half an hour away and easily accessible by catching the number 15 bus from Weymouth.

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Lyme Regis is a historic town extremely famous for fossil and ammonite hunting. Lyme regis is home to numerous historical and educational landmarks along with it’s fantastic coastline and cliff-edges.

Approximately 50 minutes away from our town, you can catch the bus along the Jurassic Coast in to Lyme Regis.

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The isle of Portland holds many historical values, starting with the Chesil beach road which takes you over there. On your left you will see defences built that protected Weymouth from as early as the 16th century. Portland is known for it’s Portland Stone, where on the island you will find quarries, one of which is full of stone sculptures. Portland also has a museum and a castle which both invite you to visit. Whilst visiting Portland, remember to take a trip over to Portland Bill for a wonderful view of the cliff-edges and Portland’s lighthouses.

First Bus Group provide services to Portland from Weymouth Town centre and other areas around the town. The journey is approximately 20 minutes.



Located just outside of Dorchester is one of the oldest villages in the UK, taking it’s historical values way back. Puddletown invites relaxing things to do and visit, with a 15th century church and 17th century water meadows. For those of you who really like your history, you’ll certainly be taken back in time.

Located 20 minutes away, you can catch the new number 12 route (starting from 24th July).



Swanage is a historical roman town on the Jurassic coast. With interesting history about it’s architecture with Purbeck stone, Swanage Railway is a place to visit with history on steam trains that will take you back through the years – not to mention this also makes our top 10 things to do within an hour of Weymouth blog!



Wimborne Minster is a historic market town that values religion, dating back as far as the 8th century. With a church that has seen many historical events, a medieval cornmarket building and the Priest’s House Museum and Garden, there is plenty to see and educate yourselves before heading back to Weymouth.

Approximately 50 minutes away from Weymouth, the new number 12 bus route commencing on the 24th July will take you to Wimborne.




If you are over 60 or disabled, you can apply for a concession bus pass to allow free travel. Please use the application form to do this.