The best places for a date in Dorset

Whether you are looking for a luxurious romantic getaway, or only just going on your first date – Dorset has it all. From simple picnic spots or cute places to eat to fancy hotels and island trips, the county is a great place to take your date. This guide to dating in Dorset tells you all the best places for your next romantic adventure.

For a first date, we suggest a more public place. This takes the tension away if the conversation does not flow, and being around other people might make you feel more comfortable. Have you never seen your date in real life before, because you have met them through online dating? Make sure you are both clear of a meeting spot so you can find each other! Dorset has some fantastic spots to visit on your first date, like Lulworth Castle and Park. This mock castle is a wonderful place to explore, and you won’t have trouble finding things to talk about as you walk around the beautiful castle grounds. Climb the tower to enjoy the spectacular views of the countryside and afterwards you can visit the Castle Tearoom for a classic afternoon tea or an ice cream.

Another great idea for a more casual setting for your Dorset date is arranging a beach picnic. We all secretly love the stereotypical walks over the beach at sunset, and having a picnic ready on the way will definitely impress your date! And with so many beaches to choose from in Dorset, you can take your pick. Enjoy a glass of champagne whilst enjoying the sea view and cuddle up with your date as the sun sets. Don’t forget that snuggly blanket!
Tip: if you have a larger budget and really want to make it a memorable day, combine this with a boat trip! There are numerous options to choose from, like adventure sailing, a speedboat or a more relaxing paddle steamer.

Like the idea of getting to know your date over some food, but not sure about a sandy picnic? Yalbury Cottage is a lovely restaurant and a popular with Dorset singles. This cottage-restaurant is full of character, and great food! Only the finest ingredients, without the pretentiousness. They have a small, but well-stocked wine cellar and the staff are very friendly. The menu has a range of options, from locally sourced fish to a selection of vegetarian choices. Request a small table by the fireplace to get the best romantic setting.

Looking for something that is a bit more luxurious? Christchurch Harbour hotel and spa offers different types of breaks in their amazing spa hotel. You can book a spa-afternoon for two, including a full afternoon tea, for a casual day-date. Or book overnight stays including multiple treatments for the more extravagant dates. The hotel and their lovely staff will definitely be a great and lavish spa-experience.

If you are spending more than a day in Dorset, why not book a trip to Brownsea Island? This island is famous for its red squirrels and scouting, so a perfect date for adventurous couples. Take the ferry from Poole Quay and Sandbanks Jetty (every half an hour!) and enjoy a day on the island. We recommend the Wildlife Walk, this trail leads you past the red squirrels and if you are lucky you may spot a deer or two! There are holiday cottages available if you would like to stay the night. Please be aware that this is part of the National Trust ground and costs are £7.20 for one standard adult ticket.

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