Abbotsbury in Dorset


A quaint and pretty village with some great attractions including a swannery

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11.8 miles from Highlands End
13.9 miles from Golden Cap
7.1 miles from Graston Copse
17.6 miles from Sandyholme

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Abbotsbury is a small village located on the Jurassic Coast. Situated in between the towns of Weymouth and Bridport, the village is renowned for its quaint, chocolate box style thatches cottages. The houses surround a church and the main street passes through the centre. Despite its size there is a post office, fishing tackle shop as well as a number of small independent shops, studios and art galleries.

St Catherine’s Chapel is perched high upon the hill and well worth the hike from the village. At the top you can go into the ruins of this historic site, which was once a site of worship for monks on pilgrimage. Although empty today, the chapel remains largely unchanged and from this elevated position you can enjoy spectacular views over Chesil Beach, Fleet Lagoon and to Portland Bill in the distance.

Eat and drink

Abbotsbury has a number of pubs and cafes to sample during your visit. The Swan Inn and Ilchester Arms both serve pub classics, ideal for refuelling after a busy day exploring all that this village has to offer. Abbotsbury Tea Rooms and Abbey House are also worth a visit, if you’re looking for a light bite or Dorset cream tea.

Things to do in Abbotsbury

For a relatively small village, Abbotsbury has an extensive range of things to do. Abbotsbury Children’s Farm is ideal for keeping little ones entertained, with a petting farm, indoor soft play area as well as pony rides and pedal tractors. Abbotsbury Swannery is a unique attraction – the only place in the world where you can observe a managed colony of swans in their natural habitat.

Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens also makes for an interesting day out. Enjoy a leisurely walk around the beautiful grounds taking in the wonderful arrangements of plants and flowers from around the world. Behind the gardens there is direct access onto Chesil Beach, an 18 mile stretch of pebble bank.


There are car parks at each of the attractions at Abbotsbury as well as a pay and display car park near the beach. There is also an excellent bus service, which passes through Abbotsbury and follows the length of the Jurassic Coast.

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Our parks have been recognised as some of the best in Dorset. We're extremely proud of the awards and it's easy to see why our guests return year on year. You can be safe in the knowledge that you're staying at one of the best parks in the county! Please note awards vary by Park.

What our guests say

  • Very peaceful Park

    The wildlife is stunning, we were visited by the ducks on a regular basis which was lovely. Our visit was very enjoyable and we will definitely be back in the future!

    Sarah W - Pitch Up

  • 5 out of 5 isn't enough!

    This is simply our favorite touring park along the south coast. The location couldn't be better with views to die for and an abundance of fresh sea air. The park is spic and span and extremely well kept with very friendly staff.

    Big Caravan Adventures - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • Best holiday ever!

    This is by far the best Holiday Park I have been to. The views are breath taking with easy access to the beach and nice coastal walks to West Bay. If you're looking for a relaxing holiday in a stunning location, then this is the place to come.

    Alison D - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • Fantastic holiday once again

    We have been coming here now every year for about 10 years. Its our favourite place and the Park has everything we need.

    Andy M - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • A little bit of heaven!

    Golden Cap is a little bit of heaven. The views are awesome, right next to the sea. It's all relaxed and low key just how we like it.

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    Golden Cap

  • Idyllic setting

    Quiet site in a beautiful setting with exceptionally clean toilets and showers

    Anthony M - Pitch Up
    Graston Copse

  • Would definitely recommend

    Close to beach, a nice local pub, dog friendly and a very relaxed atmosphere.

    Dan M - Pitch Up
    Golden Cap

  • A tour of Dorset!

    An excellent Park as a base to visit the Dorset coast, Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach, Lyme Regis, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, to name a few.

    Arthur D - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse

  • Fantastic Park

    10 out of 10 is not enough for this Holiday Park. We have been here 3 times and we love it more and more every time. The park has all you need, with some pitches overlooking the sea and a great restaurant.

    Shirley Thompson - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • A hidden gem

    The location is amazing, right on the beach and all the facilities are good. It's a hidden gem this one, one of the best parks in the country

    Mark Tee - Tripadvisor
    Golden Cap

  • Lovely tranquil campsite

    The location was great as we could easily walk to the village or local beaches through the beautiful countryside. I would recommend this campsite to families for a peaceful and safe stay.

    Sarah - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse