Charmouth - things to do in Dorset


A wonderful beach and small village, famed for its abundance of fossils.

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7.1 miles from Highlands End
4.9 miles from Golden Cap
10.3 miles from Graston Copse
30.3 miles from Sandyholme

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Charmouth is a traditional seaside village located on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, just a couple of miles east from Lyme Regis. It is relatively small in size, however there is an excellent selection of quaint shops to peruse. You will find everything you need for your stay in Dorset including a pharmacy, post office, bakers and butchers.

Charmouth Beach

Charmouth beach is popular amongst families thanks to its wide expanse of sand. It is split into two separate sections by the River Char, which sometimes forms a lagoon, where you can watch birds splash and swim! In the summer months the water is busy with people paddling in the shallows and at low water a number of rock pools are revealed.

The beach is largely unspoilt, which makes it an excellent destination for fossil hunting. Visitors are encouraged to learn more about the Jurassic Coast and the creatures that once inhabited its shoreline at the Charmouth Coast Heritage Centre, which is just a couple of minutes walk away. Here you will be able participated in guided fossil walks, and learn more about fossils through interactive displays.

Next to the Heritage Centre there is a cafe where you can order a selection of light lunches and snacks. There are also beach huts, which can be hired throughout the year, ideal for escaping the sun and relaxing in the shade. Pay and display car parks can be found next to the beach.


Dogs are allowed on Charmouth beach, however there are a number of restrictions in place. From 1st May to 30th September dogs must be kept on a lead at the western end, however they can run freely during the autumn and winter months. At the eastern end dogs are not allowed on the beach at all between 10am and 6pm between 1st July and 30th August, although there are no restrictions outside of these times. Dogs are also not allowed on the central area of the beach from 1st May – 30th September.

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At West Dorset Leisure Holidays, we have a great choice of accommodation and facilities across 4 family-run holiday parks on or near the Jurassic Coast - Highlands End, Golden Cap, Graston Copse and Sandyholme, as well as Caravan and Lodge Holiday Homes for sale.

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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